Originally Posted by bluewizard
Though is the stated $2500 just for speakers or is it for a whole system? If a whole system then what components do you expect in that system? CD? Turntable? Radio? Network Streaming? Amp? Speakers? DAC? Other?
A good stereo system can still do extremely well for movies, minus, of course, actual surround sound.
Next, do you have any idea of what Amp you will use the speakers with? Or is a new amp included in the budget.
What list of equipment is the budge suppose to buy?
What are the actual dimensions of the room?
Stereo or Surround?
Then, though it may not help us much, if you could reveal your location? (simply the country is enough)
Ok I'll try to answer all questions :
The actual measurements are 3,5 by 5 by 2,5 meters, so 42-43 cubic meters - which after calculation gives around 1550 cubic feet.
About the money - I meant USA dollars - and unfortunately I would prefer spending 2000-2500 ( but preferable around 2k ) for speakers AND avr/amp ... one $ is worth 3,14 PLN, so even though I know 2-2,5 k $ isn't much in hifi world - it is a lot to me - but I hope it's enough for an entry-level and possibly good sounding system. I'm not counting sub into this amount - that goes separately. Well my current speakers are worth around 200$ so I guess I can count for a proper upgrade
Location - Poland. There are actually many brands available either here or in other european countries. Well I could name many but as far as I know, the main brands within my wallet's range are JBL, some B&W, Tannoy, Wharfedale, Canton, Paradigm, Elac, Roth Audio, Boston Acoustics, Q Acoustics, Taga, Focal, Monitor Audio, PSB, KEF, Dali, Klipsch, something like this.
Another big list taken from one of the biggest stores in my city :
APS, Amphion, Arcam, Audio Physic, Audio Pro, Acoustic Energy, Audiolab, Avalon Acoustics, Avance, Boston Acoustics, Cabasse, Canton, Chord, Dali, Edwards Audio , Elipson, Epos, Equilibrium , FOCAL, Franco Serblin, Genelec, GoldenEar Technology , Harbeth, Harman/Kardon, Jamo, JBL, Klipsch, MBL, Magico, Magnat, Magnepan, Mission, Monitor Audio, Monster, Naim Audio, Q Acoustics, REL, Roth Audio, Sol Republic, Sonos, Spendor , Tannoy, Usher, Vandersteen, Velodyne, WLM, Wharfedale, Wilson Audio, Xavian
As for the equipment - yes I want just stereo ( with a sub-out, I already chose SVS based on outstanding reviews and pretty reasonable price for mind-boggling performance numbers, at least on paper
) - and I only want to focus on quality sound and achieving the best possible price/performance ratio - I don't need CD player, don't need radio, don't need any streaming options, in fact I just want to be able to play the high quality files from my PC -> transfer them to the amp/avr and let them shine - that's it. Well MAYBE Spotify support would be nice but I could easily live without it. No surround sound for movies is absolutely no problem - I don't need that. What I need for movies is clear sounding fronts and a good sub. Trouble is - even though I'm auditioning some speakers right now and I know what kind of sound I like - I have no experience and zero knowledge about various amps/avrs - because I never had a chance to listen to much hifi gear. I don't know if you read through my previous posts, but so far I auditioned this :
- Klipsch RF-62 - irritating highs, very fatiguing listening experience
- Klipsch Synergy F-30 - didn't like the sound at all, just muddy and awful
- Usher S520 - very bright, ear-piercing, didn't like it
- Monitor Audio Silver 2 - surprisingly muddy mids and also unpleasant highs ... which is weird because there is so much praise for Monitor Audio
- Linn Majik 109 - very likable highs, but very boxy and laid back mids, didn't like it
- Focal Aria 906 - the only one I liked so far - very pleasant sound, sweet and detailed mids, not coloured, sounded natural, just "right" and clear, pretty airy, the highs were also pleasant but could be even more so - and these are below 1000$ for a pair
That's my experience so far
I'm going to audition a lot more speakers this week - mainly those mentioned in my previous post. So this time I want to learn what JBL, B&W, Q Acoustics, Dali, Elac, Kef, Paradigm, PSB etc. sound like.
I only heard one avr so far - it was a Marantz MCR-610 - and I can't really give an opinion because I have no comparison - but aside from having too many options that I don't want and which raise the price - I guess it was okay, I liked how Focals sounded after all.
This came out long, but I wanted to give you a lot of details
and thanks for showing interest in my thread
One more thing I mentioned before is the kind of music I like - but I'll just remind. Mainly rock/lighter metal music, pretty much a lot of different kinds of rock. Also a lot of electronic, experimental music ( that's why I need a sub ), DnB, vocal trance, progressive, deep house, but also classical, some pop, pretty much everything - I'm listening to music everyday for several hours after coming back from work, so I really want something with pleasant, slightly warm mids, good separation, no muddiness, clear, airy, breathing highs that won't be tiring. The bass - well, that's what the sub is for
I hope I covered all your questions as good as possible, please share your thoughts