Just moved into a new apartment (960sq ft), and have a relatively small living room that I have already a 50 inch plasma and PS3. I'm looking for the best 5.1 setup I can find for less than $500 or so. Please keep in mind that budget is the most important factor.
I'm also considering either used or new, so whatever you can find in the Boston area link it up
1. So far there's quite a good deal for a Martin Logan 5.1 speaker set.MartinLogan MLT-2 5.1CH
for $299 + a $200 range AVR like the Pioneer 1121 or a used 1021.
2. I also saw a listing with the following:
Pioneer Elite VSX-91TXH
Cambridge Soundworks MC300 Speakers (front L + R)
1 Klipsch RC52 (center)
2 Klipsch Rb10 (rear L + R)
The Pioneer AVR seems to be a pretty top end receiver back in 2008 when it was released, and I really don't need the functions of some of the newer receivers, like 3D compatibility or internet music. Seems to offer 110w per channel to supply the speakers.
I've also looked up the MC300's, they come back with good reviews, but I'm worried that it's too shallow and not deep enough to produce rich sounds compared to other sat speakers like the MLT-2 or Energy take classics.
The RC52 looks ok, since it used to cost $350 new I doubt it's going to be worst than the MLT-2 center.
The Klipsch Rb10 is what bothers me, the guy who sells it claims it to only have 60w, which is a lot less than what the MLT-2 sat's offer, though it sells for $270 a pair when it was new so who knows.
I plan on keeping these speakers as computer speakers eventually when I move to a house and upgrade my HT speakers to full sized ones. So anything that can fit on a desk is preferred.