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My wife has been wanting to replace our oldish Aiwa 3-piece stereo with something that is smaller and looks better. I know she won't know the difference between a high end and budget system, but I would like to get something as nice sounding as possible in my price range ($200 max). I have scoped out these three systems:

http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=MHCEC919IP&LOC=3#/manualsTab

http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/MX-E650/ZX

http://www.usa.philips.com/c/audio-system/bluetooth-70w-btm2180_37/prd/en/?t=support


Now I have the Philips system in hand and it is not quite loud enough for the room. Both the Sony and Samsung would be more than sufficient, and sound good enough but are a bit larger than I'd like.

So, although this question is purposefully about *crappy* audio gear, does anyone have suggestions as to where I should look? I'm not oppose to buying used in order to fit the budget. The only requirement I have is loud enough to fill a big room, and aux. input capability.

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I think used would be a good path for you. Look on Craigslist for a home theater receiver, you should be able to find something made in the last 5 years from Denon, Yamaha, Onkyo, Harman Kardon for $50-75. Then the rest I would put towards a pair of speakers.

I would then go with a pair of Pioneer BS22 bookshelf speakers. These speakers are very well reviewed and regarded as some of the best budget speakers out there. You can get them at Best Buy and they will price match online vendors. This should all run you about $150-$175 depending on the receiver.

www.monoprice.com is a good place to get all your wires, you will need some 16awg speaker wire and whatever kind of source cables you need, HDMI/optical/RCA.

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Go scoop this up!

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/ele/4134146557.html

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Go scoop this up!

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/ele/4134146557.html

Yeah I guess I hadn't thought about going for a HT receiver... I actually have a TX-SR607 for my HT setup, so I even have a remote to go with this thing! I'll look into those speakers, too. Thanks!
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I had a pair of these that I used in my shop and was impressed by them for the $

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-DV62si-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00006JPDI

I also have four of these in varying ages and usages - they stand the test of time and have two inputs - qualifying them for integrated amp status

http://www.amazon.com/AudioSource-AMP-100-Stereo-Power-Amplifier/dp/B00026BQJ6

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My parents are looking to do the same thing right now (pretty sure it's even an Aiwa unit they're replacing). These Pioneer's seem like a good option at $130, or possibly these powered AudioEngines paired with a multi-disc CD changer.
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What do you guys think about the SP-BS41 speakers for this purpose? They are a couple of years older model. They are a bit bigger with a more power handling than the BS22's (130W vs 80W), and have really good reviews as well.

Plus they are $70 right now! (After $30 rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117406
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You haven't bought these yet? smile.gif Combined with perhaps a Sherwood receiver this would make a great $200 system.

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These are highly rated on Stereophile mag http://www.stereophile.com/content/pioneer-sp-bs22-lr-loudspeaker.

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The SP-BS41 were the previous generation's bigger brother.

Stereophile's review from your link - "Though very close in price to the SP-BS41-LR speaker I reviewed two years ago, the SP-BS22-LR doesn't actually replace it. Rather, it replaces the SP-BS41-LR's little brother, the SP-BS21-LR ($129.99/pair), which had a smaller woofer (4") and cabinet than the 'BS41. "

SP-BS41 http://www.stereophile.com/content/pioneer-sp-bs41-lr-loudspeaker
To me the SP-BS41 would be superior for less - get 'em smile.gif

Edit: Hell I'd buy a few pair for the price but the wife certainly wouldn't understand why, considering we already have systems in every room of the house (garage and patio included) plus spares in closets. mad.gif

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Yeah I bit on the BS41's... great deal and thanks for pointing me in that direction guys!

Now I have a bit of a dilemma though. I have an Onkyo TX-SR607 powering my HT, and I just got this crazy thought... why not use the 607 for my stereo and grab an upgrade for the HT? The 607 only has Audyssey 2EQ and I've never been really impressed so I'm going to look for MultiEQ, plus it's in a closet and runs really hot. Looks like I got myself into spending several (read - lots) hours researching receivers! I'd save so much time if only I weren't so cheap wink.gif I'm thinking I can score a Denon AVR-2310 for under $200.
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You haven't bought these yet? smile.gif Combined with perhaps a Sherwood receiver this would make a great $200 system.

Never heard of Sherwood, good bang for the buck?
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Never heard of Sherwood, good bang for the buck?
Definitely. The 4105 offers 100wpc for about $100. A great base for a low-cost 2-channel system.

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You haven't bought these yet? smile.gif Combined with perhaps a Sherwood receiver this would make a great $200 system.

Never heard of Sherwood, good bang for the buck?

They are very good. I've had two of them. Despite their low price they reallly put out 100 wpc.

Last time I was looking to replace one I scoured the local appliance stores for close-outs and picked up a Yamaha RXV-371 AVR for only a few dollars more.

It turns out that any AVR can be configured to drive just 2 speakers at which time it becomes a superior replacement for a 2-channel receiver because it has many other useful features such as bass management, digital inputs, HSMI switching and a graphic equalizer for every channel. You don't have to use them until you need them, at which time they are like found money.
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I ran across some info that Sherwood makes Best Buy's "Insignia" models. I can get an NS-R2001 (Sherwood 4109) for about $50 right now, so I think I'll jump on that to complete the setup! I'll probably move this to my garage in the future when I upgrade my HT receiver.
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Just an update, I did get that insignia and it arrived dented so the seller gave it to me for free... but although it is rated 100 watt/channel it is not nearly as loud as my Onkyo TX-SR607 @ 80wpc. I think that it *is* loud enough for it's purpose so I'm going to straighten it out and use it as a stopgap until I find a sub-$300 onkyo with MultEQ XT. I should also mention that the Pioneed FS-BS41 speakers do sound very nice with this amp (in my garage attic where I secretly tested the setup out...). Thanks again for all the advice!
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