Originally Posted by superd@d
Hello! I was about to pull the trigger on a Bose 300 soundbar and sub. However, I'm really interested in building another home theater system to better suit my needs.
I started looking at Bose because of its small footprint.These speakers will be going into my family room. I'm looking for big sound in a little package. Ultimately, I know quality in smaller speakers can't compare to larger ones.
I've been out of the game for over 10 years. There are a lot of new brands, functions and tech available. I've got a lot of research to do. Any recommendations or suggestions as to where I should start?
I'd like to stay under $2K for the speakers and receiver. The Bose system is a little over $1300.
A few must haves, that Bose does not offer, are dual zones and perhaps WiFi or RF. Not sure if that's the correctly terminology. Basically, I would like to listen to music by the pool and be able to control my receiver from outside.
I have a monthly subscription to Apple Music and like to listen to iHeart. Thanks in advance for any advise.
Pretty much any 7.1 receiver will have a dual zone option, (ie. use speaker connections for a 7.1 setup OR 5.1 setup + Zone 2).
To be able to control a receiver from outside though might take a phone app, (I don't have a smart phone so maybe someone else can chime in on that), or a simple RF repeater.
Here's one from Best Buy with their easy returns if it doesn't work as advertised.
For a 7.1 receiver I'd take a look at something like this.
You can save money on a receiver by buying factory refurbished here:
For inside you'll need a subwoofer:
PORTED SUBWOOFERS $600 AND BELOW, DELIVERED
150watts 28HZ $199 EMOTIVA BASX S8
200watts 27HZ $299 EMOTIVA BASX S10
300watts 25hz $399 EMOTIVA BASX S12
250watts 22hz $423 HSU VTF 1 MK3
300watts 19hz $499 SVS PB1000
300watts 19hz $549 RHYTHMIK LV12R
350watts 18hz $604 HSU VTF2 MK5
So chances are you'll have about $1000 to spend on a 5.0 speaker system for inside plus a pair of outdoor speakers by the pool.
My daughter has these and they sound just fine; surprising bass, plenty of volume with low distortion and at $100/pair leave you $900 or so for a 5.0 system inside.
As you are not very experienced I'd consider speakers from somewhere EASY to return with free return shipping, so no risk financially.
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Polk Signature Series
Defintive Technology Studio Monitors
Klipsch RP Series
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