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I'm currently helping my mom prepare for opening up a hair salon, by helping with research for some of the equipment she'll need. I've looked around for a system buying guide, but couldn't find any helpful ones. I heard from the people at the head-fi forums that AVS is very helpful in helping people out with questions like these.

But to the point! She's looking for a decent sound system that can fill a 1200 ft. space. She wants 4 speakers to project 2 channel music, mounted in each corner of the room. She also wants a receiver that takes miniplug input. Though I imagine with the adapters I have, 1/4" or RCA would work just fine as well. This way she could hook up a laptop to the system and set up a playlist. I'm not versed at all in knowledge of recievers, or the price increases that come with them having an FM tuner, or USB flash drive input, but those features would be a plus.

I know most quality systems go for the 1k+ range, but we're working on a tight budget, and hoping that yall could point us in the right direction.

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Yep. Just get her a mini plug to RCA adapter if she needs it. If her laptop has HDMI out, that would be the better way to hook it up to an AVR.

For speakers, the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR are $99 a pair on Amazon. Here's a review of that Pioneer speaker series:

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/pioneer-sp-pk52fs

That would leave you a couple hundred for the receiver. An entry level Onkyo, Denon, Yamaha, or Pioneer audio video receiver with speaker A/B options would work nicely smile.gif

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Is there any way to mount those on the wall? Or would you suggest building a shelf to sit them on?
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Is there any way to mount those on the wall? Or would you suggest building a shelf to sit them on?

Check the owners thread for the Pioneer series. I know that people have discussed it: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1278774/pioneers-speaker-genius-hits-low-price-point

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Thanks for all the help! I think out of all the receivers I've looked at, the Onkyo fits in the price range the best. What do you think of this model? http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR313-5-1-Channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B0077V8930/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373258184&sr=8-1
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I'm not familiar with that model, but it looks like it should work fine since it has both A and B speaker hookups.

If you want to save a little money, the Onkyo TX-8255 stereo receiver also has A and B speaker hookups.

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Thanks again for all the help. Looks like she likes it!
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The Onkyo TX-8255 is exactly what I just used for a 4 speaker stereo setup in my party room, I highly recommend it. Great value at $143 shipped. (Amazon)
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I own the BS22 and they are great. I don't know about their output capability at 1200 sq. ft. my room is much smaller. But since you are probably not going to listen them loud, it'll be ok. For pure sound quality, this is the best you can do at this price level. I'd imagine building a shelf will work better, they have a rounded shape so it may be hard to mount those on the wall.

Since HiFi may not be your target here, you may also look into smaller satellites. I also own the BIC RtR V44-2. I use them as Presence speakers (front height) http://www.bicamerica.com/showpage.php?brand=3&type=11&spkrID=65. These are smaller 3-way indoor/outdoor speakers, and they get pretty loud. I was running them at - 20 db (again, my room is much smaller, but that is loud) Easier to mount on any wall or stand. Got them at Radioshack.com for $30. I did an A/B with the BS-22 and they held their own. These are the not the prettiest, but they also come in white, I believe. I'd say give them a try, if not, just return them and get the Pioneers. I believe you won't be disappointing with the BIC.

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Just to throw out another option, some of the Polk speakers on amazon are very good for the money. I walked into a store a few weeks back and was instantly impressed with the speakers and looked up to find a pair of new Polk speakers. I would also look on Newegg for deals on these speakers or the Pioneers. Onkyo receiver looks like a good bet for your application.
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What about some in ceiling speakers for a cleaner look.

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That is a great idea if you can make it happen. If the salon is already finished, it may be more difficult. Not sure about the listening quality, but you may want look into the monoprice in ceilings or in walls. They are usually cheaper. Otherwise, I strongly recommend the BICs.

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