Thanks for all the replies!
I was stubborn and I bought an LG system for about $160: http://www.lg.com/us/home-audio-vide...theater-system
After playing a few songs, I couldn't stand this boombox anymore- the audio was HIDEOUS at low volume and the bass seemed to lack range. I couldn't get over the "muddy" sound and the Bluetooth audio was rather flat. (I don't need Bluetooth connectivity, just noticed that the audio was similar wired or wireless). I'll take another listen to these in the morning, but I'll probably be returning these in the next day or so.
Anyways, before I respond to all your replies I would like to elaborate my intention to upgrade my current setup. I'm looking for speakers that will be strictly used for music- specifically EDM/house/dupstep genres with some pop/rap. I do listen to other genres but I'd like to blast these for an outdoor cookout, or an indoor party to fill my house. I just don't want anything "shrill" which seems to be what most of the stereo shelf systems I've tested to be like at Best Buy.
Here are a few speakers I've been looking at recently:
- seem to be loud but shrill at higher volumes. The bass doesn't seem to have consistent range- some deep notes it will nail while others simply sound bland. It's 1800 watts do I'm sure it is "loud" enough, but if the audio is going to be shrill I can't justify a reason to spend $450 on it.
- I've read good reviews for these online but I'm worried that I will blow these out too if I have them on a high volume for too long. Is there a better bang for my buck setup that this?
- I seem to trust anything CNet gives a 9 star+ rating for, which is why I bought my Logitech Z2300s when I did several years ago, so I'm considering these too. Thoughts?
Here are my replies to your responses:
Originally Posted by Transmaniacon
You don't want to go with those boombox type systems, they are junk.
If you want a multi-media system, this Swan M50 would be my choice: http://www.chanemusiccinema.com/swan-multimedia/M50W
Alternatively, you could grab an inexpensive receiver and a pair of Micca MB42X, and then add in a Dayton SUB-800. This would be the best route in my opinion and be under $300. This will blow away any of the "computer speakers" out there.
-The boombox LG I bought is junk- I figuered I'd give it a try since it was on sale for $160 but now I know better. The Swans look very nice, but are they better than the Z2300s? The Logitech has a 120 watt sub while this one is 75 watts, so I question whether or not I'll blow out the Swan. The Miccas look like a steal as well, and again the Dayton sub looks to be a bit less wattage than my current setup- if I could spend $400 would you suggest something else or an alternative I posted above?
Originally Posted by crn3371
The aforementioned Swans, paired with a cheap AVR, would blow away a boom box style system. I'd recommend going to a site like accessories4less, pick out a budget AVR for $125-$150, and spend the rest on speakers. Don't let the fact of buying a 5.1 or 7.1 AVR for your needs throw you off. They work just fine for 2 channel music, and the economies of scale make them great bargains.
-The z2300's I have come with a 120 watt speaker that still seems to work well- could I plug in other Left/Right speakers into it with higher wattage? Not sure if it will work but if getting another AVR is the way to go then I can make that compromise.
Originally Posted by jaeelarr
Wave Crest HVL-1's...$188 + free shipping/pr
. Then grab a Dayton Sub 1200 for $109, and you are set.
-Again, I already have a 120 watt sub... would those wave crests plug into my z2300 sub? If so this might be the best bang for my buck... if not what would you suggest for $400 in total? Just a bigger Dayton sub? What's the total wattage of the setup you suggested? Thanks for the reply this was really helpful.
-They currently appear to be out of stock at $59, oh well. I'll keep searching.
Thanks again for all the help! I hopefully will find something I like by the end of this week.