Originally Posted by lovinthehd
Well, I gotta admire the trying to stick to a budget attitude in your current financial position, it's a pretty small budget at $300 let alone to somehow include an amp (AVR? Integrated amp? Power amp?). However, more details of what you are using the system for in terms of type of music (demands of classical a bit different than some bass heavy modern music...) would be helpful. I'd think a metro area like Houston might have something and I'd keep on eye on craigslist more than Audiogon for your price range. Why did you start with the Pioneer speakers particularly?
Well the pioneers were an impulsive buy...i had been looking to start my audio setup for a while and had read good things about them even at ~$90...when they turned of $50 it was too hard for me to resist the temptation...the only thing being said about them was that you need a sub to bring out the full range as they really dont have a lot of extension...which is where i am stuck...they have also given me another problem...they have a nominal impedance of 6ohms...almost every budget amp i read about had a warning not to use it with speakers with nominal impedance below 8ohm!
anyways back to subwoofer...
i listen to a variety of music...mostly its
-rock(SOAD,Radiohead,Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd,Primus and then mostly 60s/70s/80s rock)
-punk(RHCP/rise against/plain white t's)
-jazz(miles davis mostly)
-i do like to listen to some sound tracks (hans zimmer/Ludovico)
my girlfriend is also a big music fan and listens to operas a lot
so even though i sometimes have periods where i listen to bass heavy music, i think most of music more than absolute volume i would prefer as much definition as i can get...
as for your question about the amp...i am really not looking for an AVR at this budget...i will onl go down that route if i can snag one used...as for integrated amp vs. power amp...i have no preference as such