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Small Room, Low Budget Speaker Suggestions

Hello all. I'm looking for an entry-level 5.1 system for a small NYC apartment. The space is about 24'x12'. I've been using a soundbar for the past few years and am ready for a better experience. I'm trying to keep the price below $500. I've got a Yamaha RX-V377 receiver.

I was thinking I'd get either the Energy Take Classic ($400 on Amazon), Energy RC-Micro 5.1 ($350 on Amazon) or the Pioneer SP-PK22BS system with two sets of bookshelf speakers ($450 on Pioneer's website). What do you all think? Any opinions greatly appreciated.
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Hello all. I'm looking for an entry-level 5.1 system for a small NYC apartment. The space is about 24'x12'. I've been using a soundbar for the past few years and am ready for a better experience. I'm trying to keep the price below $500. I've got a Yamaha RX-V377 receiver.

I was thinking I'd get either the Energy Take Classic ($400 on Amazon), Energy RC-Micro 5.1 ($350 on Amazon) or the Pioneer SP-PK22BS system with two sets of bookshelf speakers ($450 on Pioneer's website). What do you all think? Any opinions greatly appreciated.
CNET did a recent article on monoprice (an internet direct cable seller) making an almost identical version of the energy take classic.

http://www.cnet.com/news/monoprice-9...hey-different/

Klipsch (the owner of energy) had to do some sort of settlement with monoprice, which if you read the article, was probably just Klipsch paying them to stop making it. Monoprice did however make a very similar new model which CNET found to be basically the same. The best part, you can save $200 over the energy system. Heres the link to the system.

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2
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Thanks - I appreciate the feedback on the Monoprice speakers but I think I'm going to pass there (aesthetic considerations, mostly).

How do the Energy Take Classic (5.1) compare against the Energy RC Micro, Polk RM510 and/or Polk RM6750? Or, could anyone help me put together a 5.1 set which sounds halfway decent for $450 or under?

I would also consider a solid 2.1 system.

Thanks again.

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Thanks - I appreciate the feedback on the Monoprice speakers but I think I'm going to pass there (aesthetic considerations, mostly).

How do the Energy Take Classic (5.1) compare against the Energy RC Micro, Polk RM510 and/or Polk RM6750? Or, could anyone help me put together a 5.1 set which sounds halfway decent for $450 or under?

Thanks again.
Energy Take Classic 5.1 > Polk RM6750 > Energy RC-Micro > Polk RM510

I started with the Polk RM6750 5.1 I loved that speaker set. I found it amazing speaker for the money. I had it in a 14.75' x 13.5' x 8' ceiling room, completely open on one side

Your 12x24 room is a bit larger so satelite speakers might be enough for you but if you have absolute max of $450 here is the route I would go:
-2 Pairs of Polk Monitor 30's $99.99/each shipped, total $199.98
-Polk CS1 Center Channel, $89.99 shipped
-Dayton Sub-1200 subwoofer, $129
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Hello all. I'm looking for an entry-level 5.1 system for a small NYC apartment. The space is about 24'x12'. I've been using a soundbar for the past few years and am ready for a better experience. I'm trying to keep the price below $500. I've got a Yamaha RX-V377 receiver.

I was thinking I'd get either the Energy Take Classic ($400 on Amazon), Energy RC-Micro 5.1 ($350 on Amazon) or the Pioneer SP-PK22BS system with two sets of bookshelf speakers ($450 on Pioneer's website). What do you all think? Any opinions greatly appreciated.
I have the Pioneer speakers and love them. If you watch Amazon you can get the bookshelf set for under $80.00. I got mine new from there for a bit over $60.00.

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I have the Pioneer speakers and love them. If you watch Amazon you can get the bookshelf set for under $80.00. I got mine new from there for a bit over $60.00.
What do you think about the entire set for $450 (http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...ages/SP-PK22BS)? Note that it's two sets of bookshelf speakers, not the floor-standing ones.

One more note: although the room is 12' x 24', the theater / TV area will only be maybe 10' x 5'. The rest of the room is dining / etc. (it's NYC after all).
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Energy Take Classic 5.1 > Polk RM6750 > Energy RC-Micro > Polk RM510

[H]ere is the route I would go:
-2 Pairs of Polk Monitor 30's $99.99/each shipped, total $199.98
-Polk CS1 Center Channel, $89.99 shipped
-Dayton Sub-1200 subwoofer, $129
Thanks for the advice - is this superior to the Pioneer SB22s?

I won't lie, the Polk RM6750 is awfully tempting at $185.
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Thanks for the advice - is this superior to the Pioneer SB22s?

I won't lie, the Polk RM6750 is awfully tempting at $185.
Thats for your ears to decide. I perfer the Polk's over to the Pioneer's personally. One think I like with the Polks is mounting them on a wall is much easier than Pioneers which require a speaker mount which is a larger expense than a dry-wall anchor

The pioneers aren't bad for their price either. The weak link with the Pioneers and Polk RM6750 is the subwoofer.

I found the RM6750 subwoofer while enough for most circumstances in my apartment it was before I heard anything else. I since sold my rm6750 to a friend who has a smaller closed off room and its surprises me even more with its performance.

It was a great starting point for me as I started on a very strict budget, but over time I added Monitor 30's and a CS1 for a front 3, then sold them and went with Polk RTi4's and CSi3. (I used the RM6750's as surrounds and the subwoofer, until I sold them.) I'll probably end up keeping those forever as I love their sound.
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I had/have the 5.1 Energy Take One classic speakers ($299 on sale at Amazon) and replaced them after a few months. The sound was "plain" to my ears. I have a Yamaha 375 to drive the speakers. After 2 weeks I fried the voice coil on the Energy sub-woofer during a movie just trying to get something out of the speakers. After fixing the sub ($50-60) and adding a BIC f12 sub ($205), the sound did not improve. (Also, the cone inside the Energy sub was poorly glued and had come off during shipping, so the first thing I had to do was repair the sub when I got it.)

Several weeks ago, I finally caught Infinity bookshelf speakers on sale and added an Infinity center. So for $210, my problem was fixed . (I watched the Lego movie last night and it sounds like it should.) I still use the Energy speakers for the rears (for now to keep my wife from killing me for wasting $299) on my 5.2 system, and they are fine for that. I now have three Energy speakers for "spares" and a "spare" Energy sub. (I bought a cheap Polk sub ($90) to replace the repaired Energy sub.)

Just adding the Infinity center made all the difference in world, so my advice is to stay away from the Energy speakers unless you have a small room/space and like the sound that comes out of a TV speaker...which is what you get with a 2 inch driver. The Infinity(S) has/have a 6.5 driver.

Amazon has the Infinity floor speakers on sale for $99 each right now, but those are too big for my application. I would have to lose several inches from my "image" to fit the speakers in.
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Thanks very much for the information on the Energy system. Another question: could I start off with a 3.1 system (2 bookshelf speakers / center / SW)? I'm afraid floor-standing loudspeakers are probably too much for my girlfriend to swallow.

And crazyrob, do you think the Polk Monitor 35 and/or the CS10 are significantly better than the Monitor 30s? I ask since I can get them from Newegg / Amazon and get much better shipping & return policies than Polk's eBay store.

Finally, how important is it to match audio components (excuse me if this is a stupid question). Is it OK to start with Monitor 30s, a Polk center and the Denon sub and then expand to non-Polk back channels later? Or would that screw up the sound?

Thanks.

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Thanks very much for the information on the Energy system. Another question: could I start off with a 3.1 system (2 bookshelf speakers / center / SW)? I'm afraid floor-standing loudspeakers are probably too much for my girlfriend to swallow.

And crazyrob, do you think the Polk Monitor 35 and/or the CS10 are significantly better than the Monitor 30s? I ask since I can get them from Newegg / Amazon and get much better shipping & return policies than Polk's eBay store.

Finally, how important is it to match audio components (excuse me if this is a stupid question). Is it OK to start with Monitor 30s, a Polk center and the Denon sub and then expand to non-Polk back channels later? Or would that screw up the sound?

Thanks.
Yes you can start with 3.1 system many people do that to allow for better quality speakers on a small budget.

No I do not think they are significantly better to to justify the bump in price. Polk Monitor Series II were a constant recommendation so much so Newegg could barely keep them in stock. Now with the price increase with the Monitor 35's they don't get much love

Polk's Ebay store has free shipping for all their products and "hassel-free" 14 day return just you have to pay the fee's

For matching speakers its extremely important you match your front 3 speakers front left and right and center should match. Its not necessary to match surrounds or a subwoofer to your front 3. If you are critically listening and want the best possible sound its recommended that you match all the 5.0 speakers. Subwoofer the (0.1) speaker never has to be a match. The subwoofer you should purchase largely depends on the size of your room, budget and how much bass you want. Bass is bass is bass.
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For matching speakers its extremely important you match your front 3 speakers front left and right and center should match.
Great, thanks. So if I get the Polk Monitor 40 II, which center pairs? Is the CS1 good enough? And, in your opinion, would this be a significant improvement over the Pioneer SP22?

After a reasonable amount of reading online, I'm also a bit concerned that these speakers aren't widely available anymore...so that if I wanted to upgrade my center (say to a CS2) it wouldn't be possible.

Thanks.
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Great, thanks. So if I get the Polk Monitor 40 II, which center pairs? Is the CS1 good enough? And, in your opinion, would this be a significant improvement over the Pioneer SP22?

After a reasonable amount of reading online, I'm also a bit concerned that these speakers aren't widely available anymore...so that if I wanted to upgrade my center (say to a CS2) it wouldn't be possible.

Thanks.
Yes I feel the Monitor 40's would be a step up over the Pioneers. The CS1 is the matching center. You could even get away with Polk CS10 or Polk CS20 even.

There is a CS2 on ebay from non-Polk seller. If you go with the CS2 that would mean you have the Polk Monitor 60's-70's. The Polk CS2 is huge FYI.
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The CS1 is the matching center. You could even get away with Polk CS10 or Polk CS20 even.
So the Polk CS10 matches with the Monitor 40 Series II? From what I've read (admittedly, I am a noob) it seems as if the CS1 is the matching center. Am I off here? How big of an improvement is the CS10 as opposed to the CS1?
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So the Polk CS10 matches with the Monitor 40 Series II? From what I've read (admittedly, I am a noob) it seems as if the CS1 is the matching center. Am I off here? How big of an improvement is the CS10 as opposed to the CS1?
While its not a true match its pretty close, like 95% in a blind test no one would know which is which.

There is no real improvement in terms of sound just looks.
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Great, thanks. So two Monitor 40 Series II, a CS1 center and your suggested Dayton 1200 sub comes out to $400. I could then expand with two Monitor 30s for the back speakers.

Does the receiver downscale a 5.1 signal to 3.1? I use my PS3 (Netflix, Blu Rays, Amazon Video, pirated PC streams) as my primary AV source. If I push Dolby 5.1 or LPCM 5.1 out to the Yamaha V377 will it decode and play with the 3.1 setup? Again, please excuse me if my questions are stupid. And thanks a lot for all your help.
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Does the receiver downscale a 5.1 signal to 3.1? I use my PS3 (Netflix, Blu Rays, Amazon Video, pirated PC streams) as my primary AV source. If I push Dolby 5.1 or LPCM 5.1 out to the Yamaha V377 will it decode and play with the 3.1 setup? Again, please excuse me if my questions are stupid. And thanks a lot for all your help.
Yes, it will take that 5.1 audio and only play the audio that is meant for the front 3 speakers and subwoofer.

Make sure when you get it set-up you run YPAO and check the settings. You'll want the speakers set to "Small" and crossover of 80hz
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Yes, it will take that 5.1 audio and only play the audio that is meant for the front 3 speakers and subwoofer.
Doesn't that cut out 2/5ths of the sound field? Will some effects / sounds be eliminated entirely or downscaled into the 3 channels?
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Doesn't that cut out 2/5ths of the sound field? Will some effects / sounds be eliminated entirely or downscaled into the 3 channels?
The only sound you are missing is the sound from surrounds

So only the sound that was suppose to come out of your surround speaker will be missing. the front 3 speakers will play the same audio they would be playing if you had surrounds.

You aren't missing anything besides the surrounds sound effect
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Id very heavily consider the Pioneer SP-FS52 .. check this review
http://hometheaterreview.com/pioneer...aker-reviewed/

Onkyo TX-809 Reciever 

4 Energy Veritas 6.2

2 Cerwin Vega XLS-215

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Unfortunately, I can't get floor-standing loudspeakers. I haven't been able to convince my girlfriend (yet) that their size is worth it.

I also went to Best Buy last night and listened to a few speakers. I have to say the Pioneer SP22 sounded great. They clearly beat out the Polks they had out (Polk T15). Would you all say the Polk T15s are indicative of the performance of the Monitor 40s? I was quite set to go the Polk route (Monitor 40s, CS1, Denon sub, expand later with Monitor 30s) but the Pioneers really impressed me. Unfortunately the dinky Best Buy I went to didn't have any higher-end Polk speakers.
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If you were happy with the sound of the Pioneers, go for them. They're highly regarded speakers for the price.
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Here is a JBL 5.1 system with a 10" subwoofer for $350 delivered.

http://www.amazon.com/JBL-CS6100BG-H...=vglnk-c333-20
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I also went to Best Buy last night and listened to a few speakers. I have to say the Pioneer SP22 sounded great. They clearly beat out the Polks they had out (Polk T15). Would you all say the Polk T15s are indicative of the performance of the Monitor 40s? I was quite set to go the Polk route (Monitor 40s, CS1, Denon sub, expand later with Monitor 30s) but the Pioneers really impressed me. Unfortunately the dinky Best Buy I went to didn't have any higher-end Polk speakers.
I definitiely feel that the Polk Monitor's are a huge step above the T15's

But if you heard the Pioneers and you like their sound I would go with those so you do not have to worry about not liking their sound.
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Unfortunately, I can't get floor-standing loudspeakers. I haven't been able to convince my girlfriend (yet) that their size is worth it.

I also went to Best Buy last night and listened to a few speakers. I have to say the Pioneer SP22 sounded great. They clearly beat out the Polks they had out (Polk T15). Would you all say the Polk T15s are indicative of the performance of the Monitor 40s? I was quite set to go the Polk route (Monitor 40s, CS1, Denon sub, expand later with Monitor 30s) but the Pioneers really impressed me. Unfortunately the dinky Best Buy I went to didn't have any higher-end Polk speakers.
The floorstanders can dig a little deeper than the bookshelves. Regardless, which ever route you go, remember that Best Buy will price match Amazon. The bookshelves were at $65.00 last week for the set.

http://camelcamelcamel.com/Pioneer-S...context=browse

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Here is a JBL 5.1 system with a 10" subwoofer for $350 delivered.

http://www.amazon.com/JBL-CS6100BG-H...=vglnk-c333-20
How do these JBLs stack up to the Polk Monitor 40s and / or the Pioneer SP-BS22 set?

Also, it seems as if the SP-BS22 bookshelves are $129 everywhere now. Unfortunately I missed the deal :-(
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How do these JBLs stack up to the Polk Monitor 40s and / or the Pioneer SP-BS22 set?

Also, it seems as if the SP-BS22 bookshelves are $129 everywhere now. Unfortunately I missed the deal :-(
Don't be in a rush, you can see from the history the price drops pretty regularly, camelcamelcamel is your friend.

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How do these JBLs stack up to the Polk Monitor 40s and / or the Pioneer SP-BS22 set?

Also, it seems as if the SP-BS22 bookshelves are $129 everywhere now. Unfortunately I missed the deal :-(
If all you a looking for are bookshelf speakers, then the $50 Infinity P153 and $86 Infinity P163 compare very favorably to the Pioneer and equivocally better than the Polk.

But for $350, I just don't think you can beat the JBL 5.1 system.

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If all you a looking for are bookshelf speakers, then the $50 Infinity P153 and $86 Infinity P163 compare very favorably to the Pioneer and equivocally better than the Polk.

But for $350, I just don't think you can beat the JBL 5.1 system.
Fair enough. But I'm comparing a 3.1 Pioneer SP-BS22 vs 3.1 Monitor 40 - not just the bookshelf speakers. I totally agree that the JBL system is priced well. But those speakers seem awfully small. How do you think they stack up vs these other choices.

Regarding the Infinities: it seems like the center makes a 3.1/5.1 setup a bit beyond what I'm looking to spend.
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