Originally Posted by neeravks
First timer here...have been reading a lot of reviews, forum reviews and have finally got the itch to build my HT system.
ideally I want to build a 5.1 but I dont think that would be possible untill I renovate my current house or move to a new house which would be atleast 3 years. So right now I am looking to build a 3.1 but am willing to start with 2.0 and then add later as budget permits.
I am based in Singapore and not all brands are available here and there are just a few shops where I can audition speakers which might be best suited for me.
Here are my requirements :
AVR ( 7.1 with Airplay and Audessey ) - I am locked in at DENON 2113 right now
Start with Fronts L/R and probably a CENTER if it fits in my budget.
Want to WALL MOUNT my speakers Not enough space and a 1 yr old kid.. Swivel / tilt stands will do fine.
TV / MOVIES : 75%
MUSIC : 25%
BUDGET for 2.0 + AVR : 1500-1700 SGD
I live in a small apartment.
I dont have much knowledge of sound but for me...since I have been used to crappy laptop speakers or tv speakers everything sounds good to me.
I went for a round of audition yesterday here at ADELPHI and AUDIO HOUSE.
Before I went I had shortlisted a few speakers (purely based on reviews) and noted down their dealers in SG. Most of them are in the above 2 places.
This was my shortlist :
MONITOR AUDIO - BRONZE - BX2
KLIPSCH RB-61 II
POLK RTiA1 / TSI200 / TSI100
DEF TECH SM 350/450
FOCAL CHORUS 706
ENERGY RC100/CB SERIES
PSB IMAGE B5
BOSTON ACOUSTICS A26
INFINITY PRIMUS 163
Below is what I could audition and what I thought of those along with the price. I request some of the experts to please suggest what would be a good choice for me and help me take my decision.
the ones I could not audition are either not available / not in stock. In some shops like the KEC / ALPHA AUDIO salespeople were not helpful at all. Anyways here are my thoughts.
AUDITION :MONITOR AUDIO - BRONZE BX2 : S$450
: I thought these were decent sounding and pretty attractively priced. I could even add a center right now as it fit into my budget. The salesperson insisted I listen to RX1 too.MONITOR AUDIO - SILVER RX1 : S$850
: These were definitely better. The sales person even switched them so that I could hear the difference.KLIPSCH RB-51 II : S$665
: I decided that 61 would be too big for me, hence I auditioned 51. These were nice but..just that nice....DALI ZENSOR 1 - S$1050 :
I didn't like the sound. Maybe the amp was not good....Also the price put me off.B&W 685 : S$950
: These sounded very nice...almost perfect to my ears...I could imagine them giving me nice sound for my requirements...
Then I went to this shop KEC..they seem to have listed all brands to try : POLK / DEF TECH / JAMO etc...but the only thing I could audition is DEF TECH. They seemed more interested in selling AVR + 5.1 packages....so the moment I mentioned a pair of bookshelves they seemed to loose interest...I needed to wait since somebody was in the room...so he told me to go somewhere else and come back....WTF...is this how u treat a customer...anyways..I am a very patient guy and I went back after 30 mins ...now when I mentioned about 350/450 they said they have never heard of the model...they said they have 45/55/65. So I said I can audition 55.DEF TECH SM 55 :S$960
: I saw a movie clip...and they really sounded nice....they have a bass radiator on top and it seems to produce some very good bass....I thought these would be best for watching movies even with just a 2.0 setup....the price is a bit high and I was really put off by the salesperson...
Then I went to audio house...here again sales people are busy selling packages...when I asked somebody to demo INFINITY 163 ...he showed me 153 and told me 163 is out of stock....I asked can I audition 153 pair alone and not in a 5.1 setup...he told me to come on a weekday since on weekends..they want to avoid the hassle to move speakers from here and there ...again signs of b*** customer service....anyways...INFINITY 153 : 499 S$
: These sounded OKAY...but I couldnt tell for sure since they were connected in 5.1...PSB IMAGE B5 : 550 S$
: These sounded pretty nice for thier size....I was impressedPSB IMAGE B6 : 690 S$
: These sounded slightly better...but for me couldn't tell exactly how they are better...
didnt audition but price is very attractive :
PSB ALPHA B1 : 222 S$
PSB SUBSERIES 1 WOOFER : 322 S$
I really wanted to audition POLK AND ENERGY but dont know who stocks them here.....
I really liked the B&W 685 and the MA RX1 but the DEF TECH SM55 is my fav so far.
Although for the price I think MA BX2 / PSB B6 are pretty atttractive options too..
As I mentioned before I dont think I would upgrade to 5.1 anytime soon....but definitely want a complete 3.1 in 6-8 months...so should I go for the good speakers even if they are expensive and then worry about 5.1 when the time comes...or do I be budget concious now...take slightly cheaper speakers for fronts and move them to the back then I upgrade (not in 2-3 years).
As for the AVR : I think I am okay with DENON 1713 (600 S$) but really want that upscaling functionality which 2113 (850 S$) gives...
Also lot of salespeople were recommending the YAMAHA but I dont know if AUDESSEY is better or YPAO.
Please let me know if I have missed out anything here.....any advice on how to go ahead with...
Thanks a ton for reading this...any advice is highly appreciated....