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Hi everyone,
A little background on the issue:

I recently bought a home and restored it. The family room is compact (4m wide x 4.5 m long or13.12 ft wide x 14.76 ft long), but size wise it suits me just fine.

I had already built an HTPC for my entertainment purposes, have a 42 Sony Bravia LCD TV and a Criterion Magnolia 1500 cabinet to house everything.

Now I am looking at audio for this set up, but I don't know much about it.

As a house warming present I was given a Yamaha RX-V371 AV receiver. I have read some very good reviews about it, so I was pretty wrapped to get it.

The problem is that I don't know what speakers to buy that are compatible with this receiver.

I was looking around online and saw two kinds of speakers that also have good reviews that were in an agreeable price range. One was the Sony SS-F6000, the other the Sony SS-F5000. I also liked that they had an inbuilt subwoofer.

There is also another set called a Sony Speakers Completer pack that has 2 smaller speakers and a centre speaker (SS-CR3000) that I was considering that you can add on for full surround.

I did try and seek some local advice at a hifi specialist shop. I explained to the guy my set up and he torpedoed both options. Then he tried to steer me towards a far more expensive set of JBL speakers. I had the feeling he was on commission.

Given my set up, room size, and desire to get the best value for money I can, are these Sony products a good choice for my Yamaha amp?

Any help most appreciated.
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Where are you located, and what is your overall budget?

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Where are you located, and what is your overall budget?

Australia

I was trying to keep it around 1k for the speakers. I am looking at bang for buck.
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The Sony SS-F series speakers are fine if you don't hae a lot of money to spend. They do give you a lot of "bang" for very little buck. I have the smaller SS-B series speakers and they work fine for my purposes. However I would suggest that If you have $1000 to spend, you could do a lot better than Sony speakers.

The Sony are budget speakers, not high end at all. If you want good quality sound you are eventually going to have to graduate beyond Sony (or Polk or Pioneer) speakers to something of better quality.

Now a question: Is that $1000 just for a pair of Front/Main speakers, or is it for a full 5.1 surround configuration (including Subwoofer). The answer to this question will dictate what kind of speakers will be recommended to you by the posters on this message board...

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The Sony SS-F series speakers are fine if you don't hae a lot of money to spend. They do give you a lot of "bang" for very little buck. I have the smaller SS-B series speakers and they work fine for my purposes. However I would suggest that If you have $1000 to spend, you could do a lot better than Sony speakers.

The Sony are budget speakers, not high end at all. If you want good quality sound you are eventually going to have to graduate beyond Sony (or Polk or Pioneer) speakers to something of better quality.

Now a question: Is that $1000 just for a pair of Front/Main speakers, or is it for a full 5.1 surround configuration (including Subwoofer). The answer to this question will dictate what kind of speakers will be recommended to you by the posters on this message board...

My $1000 budget is for a full 5.1 surround configuration (including Subwoofer) that is compatible with the Yamaha AV Receiver I already have.
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Yeah, that is right; the Sony speakers are rather low-quality speakers. You can do much better within that budget.

Here's a suggestion for you;

A pair of Polk Monitor 60 speakers ($300), a pair of Polk Monitor 40 speakers ($160),, and a Polk CS20 center speaker ($200).

Add a Polk PSW505 subwoofer, for around $300, and you have a pretty good system for well under $1000.
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Between the Sony's, definitely go with the SS-F6000. You can buy the SS-CN5000 center channel and a pair of SS-B1000's for your surrounds. I suppose the SA-W3000 subwoofer would be a good choice to keep everything matching, I don't know much about subs though.

You will also need to buy speaker wire, stands or brackets for the surrounds, and maybe some sound absorbing panels.

I think with $1000 total budget for your first setup it would be best to start off with "bang for the buck" speakers, then if you feel the need to upgrade in the future you can jump up to the $500 per speaker range where you could actually hear the difference, which can help you justify buying really expensive spearkers. Everything seems to cost a bit more in Australia some I'm not sure if this will eat up your whole budget, so if anything is left over I think it would be best spent on items such as sound panels, blackout curtains, remote control lighting, a universal remote, or similar convience/atmosphere items rather than purchasing slightly more expensive speakers that don't really sound any different.
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Yeah, that is right; the Sony speakers are rather low-quality speakers. You can do much better within that budget.
Here's a suggestion for you;
A pair of Polk Monitor 60 speakers ($300), a pair of Polk Monitor 40 speakers ($160),, and a Polk CS20 center speaker ($200).
Add a Polk PSW505 subwoofer, for around $300, and you have a pretty good system for well under $1000.

Thankyou I will check it out :-)
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Between the Sony's, definitely go with the SS-F6000. You can buy the SS-CN5000 center channel and a pair of SS-B1000's for your surrounds. I suppose the SA-W3000 subwoofer would be a good choice to keep everything matching, I don't know much about subs though.
You will also need to buy speaker wire, stands or brackets for the surrounds, and maybe some sound absorbing panels.
I think with $1000 total budget for your first setup it would be best to start off with "bang for the buck" speakers, then if you feel the need to upgrade in the future you can jump up to the $500 per speaker range where you could actually hear the difference, which can help you justify buying really expensive spearkers. Everything seems to cost a bit more in Australia some I'm not sure if this will eat up your whole budget, so if anything is left over I think it would be best spent on items such as sound panels, blackout curtains, remote control lighting, a universal remote, or similar convience/atmosphere items rather than purchasing slightly more expensive speakers that don't really sound any different.

I hadn't considered this yet, thankyou for the tips.
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What if I returned the Yamaha amp, took my thousand bucks and looked for a 5.1 AV Home Theatre pack?

Do Polk or the better brands make these kinds of packs? Are the Yamaha packs any good, or?
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What if I returned the Yamaha amp, took my thousand bucks and looked for a 5.1 AV Home Theatre pack?
Do Polk or the better brands make these kinds of packs? Are the Yamaha packs any good, or?

I wouldn't do that. Go with separates. They are generally superior to the packaged deals, unless you can find a package deal that's composed of speakers normally sold as separates (which happens occasionally)

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