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vv132's Avatar vv132 11:19 AM 03-05-2012
Hey guys,

I'm currently a grad student and living at home this semester but plan on having an apartment in 3-4 months. I got a 55 inch led tv during black Friday and have been saving up to get surround sound going. Right now its in the basement in a viewing room with dimensions: 11 by 11 foot with 7-8ft ceilings. I cant imagine the viewing room to be much difference in my apartment viewing room, except for little higher ceilings. My budget is $800-1000 which would include speakers and receiver. I can hold off on the sub and get that later if it helps.

I love to game(fps)/watch hd movies/and watch sports tv

would prefer a receiver with airplay which would prob be pioneer 1121 or 1021 or denon 2112 or 1912.

I would looking at the Jamo 606 on vanns but wasnt sure.

can you guys help me out picking the right speakers that would be awesome.

thanks!
ps you guys helped me get an svs system back in the day for my rents which has been great!

Khaos's Avatar Khaos 11:51 AM 03-05-2012
www.lockwaresystems.com/D10HT-111-169.html

Really nice budget system, plus it includes integrated subwoofers. I would definitely recommend integrated subs in what ever you buy as I'm in a 12x12 room and let me tell ya, one subwoofer has been nothing but a bad experience. It's too easy to hear where the bass is coming from. The benefit to the integrated subs is that they are co-located and take up less room.

I know this system is a bit over budget but, considering its an all in one package, your set. Call paul, see if you could work something out, I'm sure he'd be willing.

As far as a receiver goes, someone else will be able to better assist you, I'm personally into seperates.
ack_bk's Avatar ack_bk 11:56 AM 03-05-2012
The receiver is going to take up a disproportionate amount of your budget. I would save some and get a refurb Denon 1912 from an authorized reseller and has a full warranty:

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...ceivers/1.html

This leaves you about $600 for speakers.

I would really consider these:
http://www.emptek.com/e5ti_clearance.php

This is the parent company for RBH who sells higher end speakers through installers.

There is more a following at Audioholics on EMPtek, and here is a review:
http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...pression-e5tir

This would be the matching center:
http://store.audioholics.com/speaker...emp-e5cir.html

All of this is within your budget, and then I would save for the sub next (budget about $500) and then surrounds.
crazyrob425's Avatar crazyrob425 12:01 PM 03-05-2012
The Denon receiver with the Jamo's and a subwoofer in your budget will be an amazing subwoofer
slammin86's Avatar slammin86 12:32 PM 03-05-2012
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Originally Posted by ack_bk View Post

The receiver is going to take up a disproportionate amount of your budget. I would save some and get a refurb Denon 1912 from an authorized reseller and has a full warranty:

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...ceivers/1.html

This leaves you about $600 for speakers.

I would really consider these:
http://www.emptek.com/e5ti_clearance.php

This is the parent company for RBH who sells higher end speakers through installers.

There is more a following at Audioholics on EMPtek, and here is a review:
http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...pression-e5tir

This would be the matching center:
http://store.audioholics.com/speaker...emp-e5cir.html

All of this is within your budget, and then I would save for the sub next (budget about $500) and then surrounds.

I second the emptek recommendation. They are supposed to have a sale coming up also.
vv132's Avatar vv132 02:50 PM 03-05-2012
hey checked the emptek speakers out look pretty good. there out of stock on the black ash which would go very well with the tv. I realy hope they have the sale soon that you were talking about. Looks like they also have a trial so i can try them out.
vv132's Avatar vv132 02:51 PM 03-05-2012
If i was to get all 5.0 speakers tho within budget what do you think I should. get.
ack_bk's Avatar ack_bk 03:06 PM 03-05-2012
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Originally Posted by vv132 View Post

If i was to get all 5.0 speakers tho within budget what do you think I should. get.

You are looking at Jamo or Polk most likely. I would probably get the Jamo's vs the Polk speakers, but it is a close contest.

You other option is to slowly build your system. Buy the left and right main, then the center, then the sub, then the surrounds. It may cost closer to $2K, but it would be a much better system.
Jay1's Avatar Jay1 03:34 PM 03-05-2012
Newegg has the Pioneer VSX-821 for $180 through Thursday. You can add a Pioneer AS-BT200 Bluetooth Adapter in the future for wireless audio streaming, but the receiver is usb ipod compatible out of the box. You can get a pretty solid speaker sub setup with the remaining budget. For example Polk Monitor 40 mains, CS1 center, and Monitor 30 surrounds. This would leave you with a nice sub for your small room, like a HSU STF2.
smasher50's Avatar smasher50 04:01 PM 03-05-2012
in that size room i'd look at 5 nht super zero 2.0's $500

bic pl200 sub $280

denon avr 791 manufactures refurb. $260+ free ipod dock at accessories4less

total $1040 for whole 5.1 set up
gbc3's Avatar gbc3 08:36 PM 03-05-2012
I've been happy with:

$450- Denon 2112
$285- Pioneer set w/out subwoofer at best buy http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...kers/SP-PK51FS
$188- BIC America F-12 Sub

Probably spent too much of budget on receiver but the Pioneers had good reviews here and, w/ the metal grills, have been bulletproof w/ my 2 year old. They actually are cheaper if you catch them on Newegg sale. Although, at this point, I'd probably wait a couple months for the new Denon AVRs to come out.
IanS's Avatar IanS 08:42 PM 03-05-2012
Newegg through this thursday:

Pioneer VSX-821: $180
Pioneer SW-8 (x2): $160 ($80x2)
Pioneer SP-FS51: $120
Pioneer SP-C21: $50
Pioneer SP-BS21: $50

Total $560 for a pretty nice 5.2 system. Check out the Pioneer speaker designer thread for more info. And it's nearly 1/2 price!
piening2150's Avatar piening2150 08:55 PM 03-05-2012
Denon 1912 $399 + free shipping http://www.accessories4less.com/make...Airplay/1.html

Pioneer 5.0 speaker set $217 total + free shipping Ends 3/8
FS51- $119
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117403
C21- $49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117404
BS21- $49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117405

PA-150 Sub $350 + free shipping (click on "make your best offer" link)
http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/c...pid=1825&sc=28

$966 Total
cel4145's Avatar cel4145 10:55 PM 03-05-2012
With your budget, I agree with the Pioneer speaker set recommendation or Polk Monitors from Newegg (subscribe to their mailing list for specials; different Polk Monitors are on sale every week/weekend).

Next, get the receiver you want. Then either the BIC PL-200, PA-120, or BIC F12, with the PL-200 being the best, and the F12 being 3rd choice (skip the Pioneer SW-8 sub; too small). At each of their price points, these are some of the best choices for HT and video gaming. See these owners threads for more info and to ask questions about out how to get the best price:

http://avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1137113
http://avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1088734
http://avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1116093
smasher50's Avatar smasher50 06:01 AM 03-06-2012
an 11x11 room is not very big so take in concideration of the size of your componets and their locations to your seating area. with furniture it can get pretty claustrophobic
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