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I am in the market for speakers for my father's television. I am looking to keep a low budget (under $200 is definitely where I want to be). I basically want something that will be a marked improvement from the built-in speakers on the television. I want to use this to be a base to build a sound system step-by-step.

I do not have a receiver, and am not sure if one is necessary. I have the Swan M200 MkII in my own place and love the sound.

Please let me know if any of you have any suggestions. Is this doable? Thanks again!
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If you like the Swans, why not get them for your dad?

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I saw some Sony SSF-6000 speakers on amazon yesterday for $120/pair. That would be good for you if you want floorstanding speakers. Nice price.

If you want a bookshelf/monitor type speaker, the Polk Audio Monitor 40 is a good speaker at $150 on Amazon or the Polk Monitor 30 for around $100.

You have to have an amplifier or receiver to drive the speakers.

You can go to the Sony website and get the STR-DH100 stereo receiver for $99 direct from Sony. Get the Sony SSF-5000 speakers from Amazon for $100 and you are in at $200.

Make sure that the TV has analog audio outputs to go to an amplifier or receiver; some sets do not have them (two RCA jacks, L and R).

If it doesn't you need to get a receiver with an optical digital input (assuming the TV has an optical digital sound output, which most do).

If you want a multi-channel receiver for expanding to an HT 5.1 -channel system later, the Onkyo TX-SR309 is a cheap option for $180 on Amazon. It has both optical and coaxial digital audio inputs as well as 5 analog audio inputs.



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I am in the market for speakers for my father's television. I am looking to keep a low budget (under $200 is definitely where I want to be). I basically want something that will be a marked improvement from the built-in speakers on the television. I want to use this to be a base to build a sound system step-by-step.

I do not have a receiver, and am not sure if one is necessary. I have the Swan M200 MkII in my own place and love the sound.

Please let me know if any of you have any suggestions. Is this doable? Thanks again!

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Remember, he doesn't have a receiver.

It'll be a little tough to get a receiver and two speakers unless he goes ultra cheap like the Dayton speakers for $39/pr.
http://www.amazon.com/Dayton-B652-2-...5268601&sr=8-1

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Unless you buy him some Swan speakers - then this is one of the few options

Infinity speakers
http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primu.../dp/B000LKC37W

Sherwood receiver - and it is decent.
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=252-125

When you build up in the future - donate the Sherwood receiver, and use
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I am in the market for speakers for my father's television.
I am looking to keep a low budget (under $200 is definitely where I want to be).

The Audioengine A2 is about $200/pr. I have their A5's attached to my TV.

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I want to use this to be a base to build a sound system step-by-step.

I do not have a receiver, and am not sure if one is necessary.

I think that to "build a sound system step-by-step", you'd really want to start
with an amp or receiver and (passive) speakers. Otherwise, integration is at
least more difficult.
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