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Dear audiophiles,

I'm a lowly student wanting to get a solid home audio system without breaking the bank. I was hoping you might be able to help me in finding the right gear.

I have about $500-700 to spend on audio gear... that would need to cover receiver, speakers etc. I will mostly use the system to watch movies, although I listen to a fair bit of music and play some video games. Eventually I want to build up to a 5.1 system, but I'm OK with starting out with a 2.0 or 2.1 and adding to that later.

I've been reading around and am currently considering combining an Onkyo TX-NR414 receiver ($260) with the Energy 5.1 Take Classic system ($400). Someone also recommended the Audioengine A5+ ($470) LR speakers to me, but I don't know if I can build a system from those (i.e. find matched woofer etc).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Check out the Andrew Jones Pioneer speakers. Here's a review: http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/pioneer-sp-pk52fs

Discussion in the last week or so of the owners thread about how to get the best prices with price matching: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1278774/pioneers-speaker-genius-hits-low-price-point

Get an entry level Denon receiver from accessories4less.com.

If that leaves you enough left over, grab a BIC F12 or Polk PSW505 sub for around $200 (check Amazon). Otherwise, wait until you can afford one.

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Better look for a used speaker. You can find good deal for a good speakers with you're budget. Better than those small satellites speakers. Imo. You can check the classified ads under This forum.

Panasonic 60VT60
Energy RC 70 fronts
Energy RC LCR center
Energy RC LCR surrounds
Rythmik LV12R and Mirage Omni 12 subwoofers
Denon 2112CI
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Alternatively, you could also get the Klipsch B-20 speakers on sale from Frys for $127 a pair shipped. It's limited to one pair per household (you'd need to get a friend to order another pair) to have 4.0. Then get one of the subs mentioned above and a receiver. Hold off on the C-20 center until later.

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Check out the Andrew Jones Pioneer speakers. Here's a review: http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/pioneer-sp-pk52fs

Discussion in the last week or so of the owners thread about how to get the best prices with price matching: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1278774/pioneers-speaker-genius-hits-low-price-point

Get an entry level Denon receiver from accessories4less.com.

If that leaves you enough left over, grab a BIC F12 or Polk PSW505 sub for around $200 (check Amazon). Otherwise, wait until you can afford one.

Thanks for the information!

A couple of follow up questions:

1. I'm thinking about the possibility of starting out with the Andrew Jones bookshelf speakers and a sub, and then add the floor standing speakers later (and use the bookshelfs as sats). How does that sound?

2. You recommend the BIC F12 and Polk PSW505... but shouldn't I be getting a Pioneer sub to match the speakers? I read somewhere that all the speakers have to be timre-matched, or something like that (sorry if this is a silly question!)

3. Lastly, isn't the center unit important for movies? Or can I wait on that?

Thanks again... I really appreciate your suggestions and links!
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Sure. You could definitely start with the bookshelves and center and sub. That's a good plan smile.gif

While it's very important to tonally match the front left/right/center speakers, and worthwhile (although not critical) to match the rear speakers to the front three, doesn't matter with a sub. Get the best sub you can. The matching Pioneer 8" has good sound, but it's very small. Doesn't have much max output--so suitable for small rooms only--and doesn't extend very low. The bigger 12" subs will be better for HT and gaming.

And yes. The center can help with movies. But even running 2.0 or 4.0 will work fine until you can afford one.

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