Hello everyone! First time poster, long time lurker.
I've been around audio all my life, Used to work for audio-visual companies in Australia like Novatech, Osmans etc, studied Audio engineering at SAE and used to set up the equipment at the local pubs.
Until recently I've never been able to afford my own good system (I was a bit of a gypsy, travelling place to place, living in hostels, caravan parks etc. But I've moved into a steady job as a metallurgical R&D laser operator, basically I use a giant laser as a welder, to weld/clad/glaze superhard materials to surfaces that get a lot of wear.
But that's enough about my history, I'm here today, after doing a lot of research, to get some opinions from a lot of people who have vastly more experience with consumer and home audio than I.
My budget is around $3,000 Australian, for a good 2.1 system for my computer room.
I'll mainly be using it for music/gaming first off, then when i buy more pieces bit by bit, i'll transfer it all to the family room for a good 5.1 setup (use these bookshelf speakers as rears and get some bigger floor-standings).
i've built my own monitors out of some JL audio car speakers that don't sound half bad, I got the enclosures made from Edward at Ascension Speakers, but i'd only value them at about the $400-500 per pair price point, sound quality wise. I also made a sub out of an old JL 12", O-Audio 500w amp and a garage sale ported enclosure, but again, would only value at about $400 sound quality wise (needs some tuning, heavy air movement sounds from the ports when turned up high)
After listening to a few speaker, sub and amp combos over the last week, this is the list I've put together of what I'm after
Dyn Audio Emit M10 monitors - $1k
SVS SB (or) PB 2000 sub - &900-1100
Cambridge Audio A-150 powered amp - $1k
I did have a listen to an Emotiva DAC/AMP combo that sounded a little bit more defined, but it's just bout of my price range.
I haven't listened to the SVS subs as none of my local dealers have them, I have listened to the REL T5/T7 and the Sunfire HRS-10, however every review i'm seeing has said the SVS's perform equal or better than competition at the same price point (also would rather a 12" for the better low end reproduction in movies)
Please let me know what you think of these options, and if you've got any suggestions that you think I might prefer, or that you have experience with. My rough budget is $1k for each component.