Hello there, everybody. This is my first topic and post, so I might as well introduce myself (as it will also be useful, topic-wise).
My name is Felipe, I'm brazilian and 24 years old. I've been internet dating some audio gear. My dad is a pilot, so he used to bring me stuff from the US all the time. Like PC parts, shoes, etc. Unfortunately tho, tower speakers don't fit into his packing. So my audio setup wishes were always kept in the dark. And believe me, decent audio in Brazil is so expensive, it's beyond comprehension. It's rather odd, because if you wanna buy yourself a pretty decent TV, it has a quite okay price. But if you want some good audio setup, then you gotta be ready to pay your organs for it.
I'm in no position to spare organs right now (maybe a kidney) but it just so happens I have an uncle living in Orlando and he's coming back to Brasil. So yeah, that's my opportunity to have my audio setup here, I can just buy it and have him bring it here along with his moving.
It's great, although it presents me with a major problem: I can't listen to it before it buy it
I know for reputation basically Klipsch, Bose and Polk Audio. Apparently Polk and Klipsch are pretty respectable, but also it may be just a beginners impression that those are my best options. Now, presenting my conditions:
- I have about US$2500 tops to build it (along with the receiver).
- I don't know what my room size will be, since I'll be moving in about 3 months and I'm not sure yet what size will be my living room. I believe it'll be small, something like 4,5 x 2,5 (I'm talking about meters here). Yes, it's rather small, but I don't intend to live in a small condo forever too, so don't feel too restrained about it.
- My use would be around 40% music, 30% movies and 30% games.
- I don't mind if the receiver "doesn't look cool". In fact I've heard quite often that the Harman Kardon look ugly, but I particularly find them to be quite charming.
- I'd like to spend more on the L/R towers than on the rest of the setup, considering it's mainly a music setup.
- Just because I CAN afford to pay 2500 for the setup it doesn't mean I have to pay it all. For example, I've heard the Premier PA-6F Theater System, for about $950 is just awesome. I wouldn't pay double for a performance, say, 30% better. As much as I enjoy good sound quality, cost efficiency also plays its part.
- My source is going to be, basically, a computer. Right now I've no sound card for it, tho I most definitely intend buying one. At first I think about a Asus Xonar Essence. But, of course, I'm all ears.
Sorry for the big big post, I hope somebody had the patience to read it
Cheers, happy new year!