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Hey everyone,

 

I am currently looking at a few different setups on a tight budget.  I have been reading through the forum and found some good reviews on these setups for the price.  Please give me your opinion on these and what you think will give the best sound.

 

This is going to be set up in a living room that is 20*16.  My budget is around $600 for everything.  My TV is a 55" LED Samsung. I know that these are not high end, but I am looking for something with a decent sound.  Here is what I have found so far.

 

 

With the first two options, I was looking at the Denon AVR-E300 receiver.
http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-E300-Channel-Networking-Receiver/dp/B00B7X2OV2


MartinLogan MLT-2 5.1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882981013

 

Monoprice version of the Energy 5.1 Take Classic
http://www.monoprice.com/Product/?c_id=109&cp_id=10906&cs_id=1090601&p_id=10565&seq=1&format=1#largeimage

 

Onkyo HT-S5600 7.1
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-HT-S5600-7-1-Channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B00BLGUKFC/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381772097&sr=1-4&keywords=Onkyo+HT-S5500

 

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Personally I'd go with the MartinLogan
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I hate to say start over but, I think you can do much better for your budget, if its an option read on...:)

 

If it were my money and budget...

 

$200 http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR1613/DENON-AVR-1613-5.1ch-Networking-Receiver-w/AirPlay-3D-ready/1.html

 

$200 http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000092TT0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381868269&sr=8-1&keywords=polk+505

 

or 

 

$182 http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381868339&sr=8-1&keywords=bic+america

 

 

I prefer the Polk for $18 more, I have heard them both multiple times...

 

then for speakers $200 http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-426-HCS-WENGE-5-Piece/dp/B003GGXGU6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381868393&sr=8-1&keywords=jamo+426  I bought my sister this set, and she loves them, I like the sound and for the price, its a real steal...

 

That will get you around $600 and I have been around, nothing will touch it for that kind of money..


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I agree with imcloud. thats a pretty decent setup. much better than the Monoprice and martin logan

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I would just go with a pair of powered monitors for $600. Satellite speakers will give you tinny highs and hollow mids, and the subwoofer is going to be a boomy, one-note, mud motor. Two decent speakers and a HDMI-to-analogue adapter would kill that setup.

Here is what I would get: This HDMI-to-stereo adapter, and a pair of monitors: JBL LSR308s, Mackie MR8mk3s, or Behringer B3031A monitors. The sound of those versus satallites and an all-port sub would be incomparably better.
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I would just go with a pair of powered monitors for $600. Satellite speakers will give you tinny highs and hollow mids, and the subwoofer is going to be a boomy, one-note, mud motor. Two decent speakers and a HDMI-to-analogue adapter would kill that setup.

Here is what I would get: This HDMI-to-stereo adapter, and a pair of monitors: JBL LSR308s, Mackie MR8mk3s, or Behringer B3031A monitors. The sound of those versus satallites and an all-port sub would be incomparably better.

The Denon E300 does not have pre outs.
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Yes, I know. I am advising to skip the receiver altogether. It's really just paying for a whole lot of features that will never be used, and squeezing an already modest budget. The HDMI-to-analogue adapter does have pre-outs. With two powered monitors, more of the budget will be going to parts that directly affect sound quality. On the other hand, if the OP needs some of the features that an AVR has, I would go with maybe something like the Denon and a pair of these Behringer 2031p speakers. They are big, but they have pretty solid bass down to the 50s. At $220 a pair, that is a fantastic deal at the moment. However, if the OP wants something smaller and something better suited toward expanding on later, these Hsu HB-1s would provide a good foundation and relatively good bass for bookshelf speakers to start with, but they are a bit more expensive. Any of these will be worlds better than a 5.1 satellite speaker setup.
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I hate to say start over but, I think you can do much better for your budget, if its an option read on...:)

 

If it were my money and budget...

 

$200 http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR1613/DENON-AVR-1613-5.1ch-Networking-Receiver-w/AirPlay-3D-ready/1.html

 

$200 http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000092TT0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381868269&sr=8-1&keywords=polk+505

 

or 

 

$182 http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381868339&sr=8-1&keywords=bic+america

 

 

I prefer the Polk for $18 more, I have heard them both multiple times...

 

then for speakers $200 http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-426-HCS-WENGE-5-Piece/dp/B003GGXGU6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381868393&sr=8-1&keywords=jamo+426  I bought my sister this set, and she loves them, I like the sound and for the price, its a real steal...

 

That will get you around $600 and I have been around, nothing will touch it for that kind of money..


Thanks for the input.  This looks like a great setup.  The other thing I was considering originally  was just getting a 3.1 setup and get a good sub and two bookshelf speakers and a center for the time being and then adding the back speakers later, but with the setup you suggested I could just get them all at once.

 

Only question I have is it looks like the receiver only gives 75 Watts per channel.  Would that be enough?  It seems like a lot of the receivers I have looked at have more wattage capabilities.

 

Thanks for the help.

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That 75w per ch is plenty, plus what a lot of people don't understand is the amount of db's difference between 75 watts and say 90 is hardly noticeable...  Under normal circumstances that avr will over power your room with ease...  That setup will make you much happier than the others...


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Ok Thanks.  I had read on a review of those speakers that they need to be ran at 6 ohms.  Do all receivers support 6 ohms since the standard is 8 as far as I have seen?  Specifically does the Denon 1613 that you recommended support 6 ohms?  Also would you say that is the best receiver for around $200?

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You will be fine powering those speakers, the Denon is rated for 6ohm speakers.

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Its the receiver I would buy at that price range, I have bought many items from Accessories for less and Denon, and both were always 100%...


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