Building a setup for my dorm room. Help needed! - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 1Likes
  • 1 Post By hg1027
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 05:44 AM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked: 0
Building a setup for my dorm room. Help needed!

To be honest, I know very little about home audio systems but I want to build a setup for my dorm room (About the size of a regular sized bedroom). I want something for playing music (All types but definitely some heavy house music), xbox and movies. I'm trying to keep this on a budget (Under 500) so nothing too crazy lol. I think I just want two floor standing speakers, a sub and a receiver, and eventually I'll probably buy some bookshelf speakers. So far, here's the items I've found that look good for the price:

Polk Audio Monitor 60 (Used and $145 for a pair)
Pioneer VSX-1122 7.2 Receiver (Used for $220)

I just need some help putting this together so it works and works well. Any help would be appreciated and keep the vocabulary on a basic level, thanks guys!
hockeyfan328 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 07:10 AM
AVS Special Member
 
crazyrob425's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 6,298
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 127 Post(s)
Liked: 171
Not bad used prices.

I would personally look at Book Shelf speakers. Towers are great but they take a bunch of space and I will say that room was very limited in my college dorm.

I use a pair of Polk RTi4's in my bedroom with a cheapo Lepai LP2020 t-amp and it works out great for most situations. Only real improvement would be adding a subwoofer like a Dayton Sub-1000/1200

99% of Dorm rooms don't need huge speakers to fill a room with sound

Last edited by crazyrob425; 09-15-2014 at 07:59 AM.
crazyrob425 is offline  
post #3 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 07:37 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Transmaniacon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 3,403
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 392 Post(s)
Liked: 411
Quote:
Originally Posted by crazyrob425 View Post
Not bad used prices.

I would personally look at Book Shelf speakers. Towers are great but they take a bunch of space and I will say that room was very limited in my college dorm.

I use a pair of Polk RTi4's in my bedroom with a cheapo Lepai LP2020 t-amp and it works out get for most situations. Only real improvement would be adding a subwoofer like a Dayton Sub-1000/1200

99% of Dorm rooms don't need huge speakers to fill a room with sound
Yeah this is good advice, I would probably skip the sub as well. Your RA will come tell you to turn it down and you would be better with off with spending that money on a better pair of speakers.

Since you will be close to the speakers, and probably only have one source, I would just grab a basic stereo amp. This Denon is all you would need and buying refurbished is a good way to get more bang for your buck: http://www.accessories4less.com/make...d-ready/1.html

If you really want towers, these Polk RTi8 would be a good choice: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Polk-Audio-R...item540f2b820d Or perhaps the HTD Level Two: http://www.htd.com/Products/level-tw...Tower-Speakers

With bookshelves, you have more options, Polk RTi6, HTD Level Three, EMP E5Bi, Ascend CBM-170, HSU HB-1 MK2, Arx A1rx-c, Wharfedale 10.1, and the KEF Q100. All of these are much better choices than those Polk Monitor 60s.

Living Room
Samsung PN60F5300 | Denon DBP-1611 | Roku 3
Denon AVR-1713 | EMP E55Ti | EMP E56Ci | EMP E5Bi | BIC F-12

Computer
Topping TP23 | NHT SuperZero 2.0 | Velodyne DEQ-8R
Transmaniacon is offline  
post #4 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 09:10 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
zieglj01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 10,844
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 345 Post(s)
Liked: 458
The Denon 1513 in post #3 is a good option

Speakers that can work for you in a dorm

Polk RTi6
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Polk-Audio-R...item5afe4d20ec

It will keep you under $400

__________________________________________
Who and Where - is the Way, the Truth and the Life?

Speakers > MB Quart VS05, Boston VS260, Snell K7
Subwoofer > Mordaunt Short Aviano 7
Receiver > Tascam PAR-200, Pioneer VSX-30
zieglj01 is offline  
post #5 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:18 AM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post
Yeah this is good advice, I would probably skip the sub as well. Your RA will come tell you to turn it down and you would be better with off with spending that money on a better pair of speakers.

Since you will be close to the speakers, and probably only have one source, I would just grab a basic stereo amp. This Denon is all you would need and buying refurbished is a good way to get more bang for your buck:
With bookshelves, you have more options, Polk RTi6, HTD Level Three, EMP E5Bi, Ascend CBM-170, HSU HB-1 MK2, Arx A1rx-c, Wharfedale 10.1, and the KEF Q100. All of these are much better choices than those Polk Monitor 60s.
Quote:
Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post
The Denon 1513 in post 3 is a good option

Speakers that can work for you in a dorm

Polk RTi6


It will keep you under $400
$400 for a pair of towers is a bit out of my range considering I also need a receiver. Any other suggestions for towers under 300 (Used) for a pair? I want something loud (The RA is not a problem) with solid clarity. Not expecting unreal performance for 300 but I want something good.

Also, would I be better off with the Denon 1513 as opposed to the pioneer I suggested given the range of speakers I'm gonna buy?
hockeyfan328 is offline  
post #6 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:22 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Transmaniacon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 3,403
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 392 Post(s)
Liked: 411
Quote:
Originally Posted by hockeyfan328 View Post
$400 for a pair of towers is a bit out of my range considering I also need a receiver. Any other suggestions for towers under 300 (Used) for a pair? I want something loud (The RA is not a problem) with solid clarity. Not expecting unreal performance for 300 but I want something good.

Also, would I be better off with the Denon 1513 as opposed to the pioneer I suggested given the range of speakers I'm gonna buy?
$400 for speakers and $100 for the AVR-1513, you don't need to spend more than that on a receiver. Any of those speakers will get louder than your ears can tolerate, don't worry about that. Another option to consider is the Infinity Primus P363, currently on sale for $107 on Amazon (stupid good deal). Going with these would keep you under budget, or you could add in a sub like the BIC F-12.

Living Room
Samsung PN60F5300 | Denon DBP-1611 | Roku 3
Denon AVR-1713 | EMP E55Ti | EMP E56Ci | EMP E5Bi | BIC F-12

Computer
Topping TP23 | NHT SuperZero 2.0 | Velodyne DEQ-8R
Transmaniacon is offline  
post #7 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:26 AM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post
$400 for speakers and $100 for the AVR-1513, you don't need to spend more than that on a receiver. Any of those speakers will get louder than your ears can tolerate, don't worry about that. Another option to consider is the Infinity Primus P363, currently on sale for $107 on Amazon (stupid good deal). Going with these would keep you under budget, or you could add in a sub like the BIC F-12.
Are the P363's better than say TSi400's?
hockeyfan328 is offline  
post #8 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:28 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Transmaniacon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 3,403
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 392 Post(s)
Liked: 411
Quote:
Originally Posted by hockeyfan328 View Post
Are the P363's better than say TSi400's?
Yes, I have heard both and find the Polks to be muddy and overly bright.

Living Room
Samsung PN60F5300 | Denon DBP-1611 | Roku 3
Denon AVR-1713 | EMP E55Ti | EMP E56Ci | EMP E5Bi | BIC F-12

Computer
Topping TP23 | NHT SuperZero 2.0 | Velodyne DEQ-8R
Transmaniacon is offline  
post #9 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:29 AM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post
Yes, I have heard both and find the Polks to be muddy and overly bright.
Perfect.

So the P363's, the 1513 and an F-12 would work just fine?
hockeyfan328 is offline  
post #10 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:32 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
zieglj01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 10,844
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 345 Post(s)
Liked: 458
Quote:
Originally Posted by hockeyfan328 View Post
$400 for a pair of towers is a bit out of my range considering I also need a receiver. Any other suggestions for towers under 300 (Used) for a pair? I want something loud (The RA is not a problem) with solid clarity. Not expecting unreal performance for 300 but I want something good.

Also, would I be better off with the Denon 1513 as opposed to the pioneer I suggested given the range of speakers I'm gonna buy?
The Denon will be fine

Note, I did not recommend $400 tower speakers - I recommended $220 pair of bookshelf speakers.

As noted above, if you are set on towers - then get the Infinity.

__________________________________________
Who and Where - is the Way, the Truth and the Life?

Speakers > MB Quart VS05, Boston VS260, Snell K7
Subwoofer > Mordaunt Short Aviano 7
Receiver > Tascam PAR-200, Pioneer VSX-30
zieglj01 is offline  
post #11 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:37 AM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post
The Denon will be fine

Note, I did not recommend $400 tower speakers - I recommended $220 pair of bookshelf speakers.

As noted above, if you are set on towers - then get the Infinity.
If I plan on buying the towers now and the RTi6's later then should I buy a better receiver?
hockeyfan328 is offline  
post #12 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:40 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
zieglj01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 10,844
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 345 Post(s)
Liked: 458
Quote:
Originally Posted by hockeyfan328 View Post
If I plan on buying the towers now and the RTi6's later then should I buy a better receiver?
With your budget - you will be fine with the Denon

__________________________________________
Who and Where - is the Way, the Truth and the Life?

Speakers > MB Quart VS05, Boston VS260, Snell K7
Subwoofer > Mordaunt Short Aviano 7
Receiver > Tascam PAR-200, Pioneer VSX-30
zieglj01 is offline  
post #13 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:40 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Transmaniacon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 3,403
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 392 Post(s)
Liked: 411
Quote:
Originally Posted by hockeyfan328 View Post
Perfect.

So the P363's, the 1513 and an F-12 would work just fine?
Yes that would work well in a dorm.

Living Room
Samsung PN60F5300 | Denon DBP-1611 | Roku 3
Denon AVR-1713 | EMP E55Ti | EMP E56Ci | EMP E5Bi | BIC F-12

Computer
Topping TP23 | NHT SuperZero 2.0 | Velodyne DEQ-8R
Transmaniacon is offline  
post #14 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:45 AM
Member
 
steve1106's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Northern, Va
Posts: 182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Liked: 31
The Infinity P363s are $107 each on Amazon.
steve1106 is offline  
post #15 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:49 AM
AVS Special Member
 
crazyrob425's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 6,298
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 127 Post(s)
Liked: 171
Quote:
Originally Posted by hockeyfan328 View Post
If I plan on buying the towers now and the RTi6's later then should I buy a better receiver?
If you are going with the Infinity towers you might as well look at Infinity P153's or Infinity P163's

The Denon Receiver will do the trick for its $110 price but don't be expecting it to perform like a $300 receiver. It has plenty of power but it low on features.


I'll say it again I really don't feel you need towers ESPECIALLY since you are getting a subwoofer. I would start off with the Infinity P163's and Bic F12 or Dayton Sub-1200 and when you are ready add towers you already have surrounds to use. Keep in mind the matching center channel to your Towers is $194
crazyrob425 is offline  
post #16 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 10:59 AM
Member
 
steve1106's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Northern, Va
Posts: 182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Liked: 31


The left and right speakers are the P163s and the large speaker on the floor is a BIC F-12. I caught the P163s for $50 a speaker. The P143s are currently $35 a speaker on Amazon so you get two and F-12 and a $200 receiver and then get the towers on down the road if you like the P143s. I haven't upgraded because I don't think the P363s would make a difference I would notice. I also use P153s for rears and a cheap Polk sub. This shakes all 3 floors of my house and I am sure it would shake your dorm room.

This is a 169 inch image and the P163s and F-12 are large. You can look at the speakers and compare them to the 32 inch TV on the floor.

Last edited by steve1106; 09-15-2014 at 11:11 AM. Reason: add additional information
steve1106 is offline  
post #17 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 11:06 AM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by crazyrob425 View Post
If you are going with the Infinity towers you might as well look at Infinity P153's or Infinity P163's

The Denon Receiver will do the trick for its $110 price but don't be expecting it to perform like a $300 receiver. It has plenty of power but it low on features.


I'll say it again I really don't feel you need towers ESPECIALLY since you are getting a subwoofer. I would start off with the Infinity P163's and Bic F12 or Dayton Sub-1200 and when you are ready add towers you already have surrounds to use. Keep in mind the matching center channel to your Towers is $194
Not exactly sure what a center channel is lol.

I don't necessarily need the sub, just a suggestion. I also prefer the look of towers with my tv. I plan on buying two towers and two bookshelf speakers at a later time.
hockeyfan328 is offline  
post #18 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 11:48 AM
AVS Special Member
 
crazyrob425's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 6,298
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 127 Post(s)
Liked: 171
Quote:
Originally Posted by hockeyfan328 View Post
Not exactly sure what a center channel is lol.

I don't necessarily need the sub, just a suggestion. I also prefer the look of towers with my tv. I plan on buying two towers and two bookshelf speakers at a later time.
If you are planning to use this system for watching TV/Movies or Gaming your focus would be surround sound. In those surround system you are going with a 5.1. 5 is the number of speakers(Front Left, Front Right, Center, and Side Surround Left, and Side-Surround Right). 0.1 refers to subwoofer

Adding the bookshelf speakers later makes me think you want surround sound. Center Channels are one of the most underestimated as far as use but they put out most of the audio when listening/watching TV and movies.

The matching Center Channel is the Infinity Primus PC351.

The fact that these are going on either side of the TV makes me think you aren't planning on using it just for music
crazyrob425 is offline  
post #19 of 20 Old 09-15-2014, 11:51 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Transmaniacon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 3,403
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 392 Post(s)
Liked: 411
I agree about eventually going with 5.1, but in a dorm where space is at a premium, I would probably stick with 2.0/2.1 for now. Those Infinity towers are not small, and neither is the BIC, so just realize what the dimensions are before you pull the trigger. It may be that bookshelves and a smaller sub are more appropriate for your space.

Living Room
Samsung PN60F5300 | Denon DBP-1611 | Roku 3
Denon AVR-1713 | EMP E55Ti | EMP E56Ci | EMP E5Bi | BIC F-12

Computer
Topping TP23 | NHT SuperZero 2.0 | Velodyne DEQ-8R
Transmaniacon is offline  
post #20 of 20 Old Yesterday, 06:28 PM
Newbie
 
hg1027's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
Another reason to consider the bookshelf speakers is that you'll probably be moving around a lot in the next few years. Move to the dorm, move home for summer, move to an apartment, move to a different apartment, buy a house, on and on. For me, it was all that, plus a move to grad school, then back to parents, then another house, then Morocco for work, then parents with half our stuff in storage, and now another house. I'm at 16 moves in 12 years. I've had the P153s and a Dayton dta-100 amp for a couple years, and it's miles ahead of the Logitech computer speakers most people travel with.
crazyrob425 likes this.
hg1027 is offline  
Reply Speakers

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off