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post #1 of 3 Old 08-27-2014, 09:09 AM - Thread Starter
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Audio beginner need advice.

Had been using a pretty cheap soundbar on a small tv in a small apartment. But now in a larger living room with a 65" 4K and feel its time to get some audio to match.

Probably looking at $500-$1.0 budget.

I was looking at this as a potential setup:

Receiver: Yamaha RX-V677 - $550.00
Fronts: Pioneer SP-FS51-LR (free with receiver)
Center: Pioneer SP-C22 - $67.00
Sub: Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 12" - $250

Other equipment;
LG 65UB9500 4K 3D TV
Xbox One
DirecTV Genie
Custom HTPC and or FireTv

Lots of movie watching, live sports, games, music, etc.. it will see a little bit of everything. Running back surround speakers is not really a possibility right now, but like to have the option open in the future.

Is the Virtual Cinema Front worth while? Or better just sticking with a 3.1 setup for now?

Appreciate any thoughts or suggestions on the setup. I really dont know a lot about what I am getting into here.
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-27-2014, 09:24 AM
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I would start with a 2.1 system for now, and later on add a center and surrounds.

You are spending way too much on a receiver, it should be about 20-30% of your budget in this scenario. I would recommend a manufacturer refurbished unit from, it will come with a warranty and is a good way to save some money. This Denon would be my choice:

Now you need a sub, Polk is not known for it's subs, and I would avoid that one in favor of something better. Take a look at the SVS PB-1000, probably the best movie sub at it's price, and this is the point where you start getting good bass. It will dig much deeper than that Polk, sound better, and have better output down low where it matters.

With $300 left, pick up a pair of bookshelves, there are a lot of good options here:

HTD Level Three
Ascend CBM-170
Boston Acoustics RS-260 (A4L)
Arx A1rx-c

I consider all of these in a tier above the Pioneers, and that SVS sub will stomp all over the Polk. This will give you a good start, and later you can expand to 5.1.

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I would look at this set-up

Subwoofer > HSU STF-2

Receiver > Denon E400

Speakers > Boston RS260 3 ea for the front 3 (l/c/r) channels

Save up for some budget friendly surrounds.

Also, look at the other speaker options in post #2

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