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post #1 of 7 Old 01-22-2013, 06:34 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi all,

I'm a home theater newbie looking to buy my first system for a reasonable price. My biggest concern is sound quality, not raw output power, as my living room is fairly small: 14'x13'x8' (1456 cubic feet). I'll be using the system mostly for movies, sports, and some gaming. Since this forum seems to have a wealth of knowledge and experience, I was hoping to discuss my options based on the following specs:

Receiver: Denon AVR2112CI (purchased display unit at BB last week)
Budget: $600 for 5.1 system - willing to put all of that towards a 3.1 system if you convince me I can get much higher quality speakers at that price point

As for speaker types, I am more familiar with satellite systems, but I am not opposed to floor standing speakers if they provide more bang for the buck

I've put together a list of some speakers I was hoping some of you could compare or endorse and let me know what price points are good/bad deals:

HTIB Systems
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Thanks in advance - any insight is greatly appreciated!

Edit - added links and updated prices
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Energy take 5.1 classic or Martin Logan mlt-2!!!!

Energy is a bit better though!!!

http://www.amazon.com/MartinLogan-MLT-2-Theater-System-Black/dp/B0049P2000


http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358908927&sr=1-1&keywords=energy+take+classic+5.1

Both are great especially the energy set!
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Thanks for the tip benca1! Anyone else have any thoughts?
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I am no audiophile , i am new to all this and just learning but i thought id throw my 2cents in from my experience , i listened to the energytake classic 5.1 system and sub around the holidays bc i was in the same boat , i also has the chance to listen to a few others to compare and in that price range i had the chance to here the polk audio tl1900 system . They are similar price points and the polks blew me away compared to the energy. There is a polk tl1600 setup wich is the same , cheaper and has a bit of a smaller sub but i cant comment on how good the sub sounds compared to the tl1900. Just something to think about.
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The MLT-2 system will be hard to beat for it's current price (BTW, that link you have takes me to an Amazon page where they're selling for $333, not $360). As is the case will all of those type of systems the sub will only be OK, and the tiny midrange drivers will lack some depth, but to your door for less than $350 is a heckuva deal.

If you want to go with something a bit more potent then 3.1 is a good choice, with the Pioneer or Infinity speakers and the Klipsch subwoofer. That setup would be really nice in a room that size.

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I would go with the Pioneer and Cadence subwoofer

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For what it's worth, just got MLT-2 for $298 plus shipping from amazon. Not sure if the "limited numbers left" is legit or a marketing pressure, but they said 2 were left before I purchased. I'll write back when I get them. My 12 year old Sony 5.1 speakers apparently dont have the wattage to support refurb Denon 1913 (from Accessories4less for $379 thanks to your contributors).
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