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I'm looking to buy a 5.1 setup for my apartment, the living room is about 20x30 with the ceiling about 15 ft high. I'm going to be listening to music with it 70% of the time. I was looking at the energy micros but after reading a little it seems like they would be too small for the large area? I can't spend more than 500, and would like to be closer to 400.
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Look into PC speakers.
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no, i meant that i will be getting a receiver from a friend
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Hi ashcza. I'm researching in the same area you are with similar budget and here is the suggestions I've gathered from the kind individuals on here.

For 5.0 speakers, try the Jamo S 406 for about $250. You will need a sub to go with it to make it 5.1 so try these sub: The BIC America F12 12-Inch 475-Watt is highly recommended and it goes for $256 or the Dayton SUB-120 HT Series 12" 150 Watt that goes for $155 if you want to bring it down closer to $400.

I am a little worried the BIC America F12 might prove to be too much of a monster and might drown out your Jamo S 406 instead of complimenting it well. I am also unsure if the Dayton SUB-120 is the best choice for $155 so perhaps others can chime in with better options. I hope this is a good start in your research.
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I'll throw my hat into this ring, looking for 5.1 speakers for around $400. For 5.1 systems the Energy Take Classic 5.1, RC-Micro 5.1, and Klipsch HD Theater 300 seem to be well received. The Jamo S 406 seems to be a good option, but I'm seeing less feedback on those. I'll be interested to see what directions other go.
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If the OP can go to $600, one might consider this as a starting point:

2 x Polk Audio Monitor 50, FL/FR, $200 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290013)
2 X Polk Audio Monitor 30 Series II, SL/SR, $100 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290200)
1 x Polk Audio CS1, Center, $100 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290210)
1 x BIC F-12, Subwoofer, $182, (http://www.shopblt.com/cgi-bin/shop/...er_id=!ORDERID!)

Monitor 30 Series II and CS1 prices are good through 8/8 but IIRC, NewEgg does these sales every weekend.

BTW, that's a pretty large room which is the reason I noted this could be a starting point. For a room with that volume, a bigger/better subwoofer would be needed in the future to do it justice IMO. Also with a big room like that (depending on its configuration), the end game ultimately might be a 7.1/7.2 set-up.
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A cheap, but pretty decent setup that served me well up until very recently, when I caught the upgrade bug:

Polk M20 fronts -- 100-150 bucks for a pair
Polk PSW10 -- around 100-130 on ebay
Polk R15 -- Harder to find now. I got my pair for 35 on ebay back a few years ago, but whatever the equivalent is now, should be around 80 bucks for a pair, max.
Polk CSM/CSR -- this is a center channel which should run you about 100.

You should be able to get all of this and still have enough money under your budget left to buy a few cables and speaker wire. The subwoofer is not a home theater monster but is very solid for music.
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If the OP can go to $600, one might consider this as a starting point:

2 x Polk Audio Monitor 50, FL/FR, $200 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290013)
2 X Polk Audio Monitor 30 Series II, SL/SR, $100 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290200)
1 x Polk Audio CS1, Center, $100 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290210)
1 x BIC F-12, Subwoofer, $182, (http://www.shopblt.com/cgi-bin/shop/...er_id=!ORDERID!)

Monitor 30 Series II and CS1 prices are good through 8/8 but IIRC, NewEgg does these sales every weekend.

BTW, that's a pretty large room which is the reason I noted this could be a starting point. For a room with that volume, a bigger/better subwoofer would be needed in the future to do it justice IMO. Also with a big room like that (depending on its configuration), the end game ultimately might be a 7.1/7.2 set-up.



I just purchased this exact setup. Received in on Friday. Absolutely blown away and couldn't be happier. Spend a little extra for these.
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