Originally Posted by krtf4u_corsair
I have been looking into getting a new home theater system for a little while. I don't know much about audio equipment, my knowledge is mainly in the video part of HT. I'm looking at the Denon 1909 receiver and I don't know what speakers I should get. What is a good brand of speakers? The Denon 1909 receiver is a 7.1 system. I am not looking to spend over 600$ on the speakers. I also want a good quality, good sounding set of speakers. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
"Good" is a moving target, but I know how you feel. You can find reviews on just about any option that will tell you this set or that are "great!" -- especially if they're posted by people who bought them. I have only read a few that said "I did a lot of research, and what I bought really sucks!"
The unfortunate position you are in is not having much experience. I'm a bit there, myself. But here's a simple example of a very basic system as you describe...
Magnepan MMG W in the Front -- $325
Magnepan MMG C as the Center Channel -- $300
Magnepan MMG W as Surrounds -- $325
Velodyne 3750 Subwoofer -- $400
...this is only 5.1 and we're at $1,350
Read this report on some of the best Small 5.1 Systems...http://magazine.playbackmag.net/playback/200803web/http://magazine.playbackmag.net/playback/200804web/
Right off the bat, you're at up to
$1500 -- but there are several below that in this two-part report. And some Reviews on these are very inticing. Simply add two more speakers and you're at your 7.1 ideal.
Let me repeat that -- don't take the listed prices as being the current pricing. Read these two reports thoroughly and then look for sales or specials on the grouping that looks interesting to you.
My advice? Home Theater In a Box systems may get you a usable starter setiup, but many do not regard them as "good" -- and the fellas here are certainly not trying to be snobbish about it. Some people are perfectly happy with Bose, for example (not much there at $600, however). Heck, my boss said that's all he wants because their systems are very easy to operate -- and he's a millionaire several times over. He's thrown away more high-end gadgets than you can shake a stick at.
My question would be...
Are you willing to build a decent system over time? If so, your $600 might buy some good Front Speakers -- or, after reading the two reports above, a decent 5.1 system. Then add a few extras in a few months to round out that 7.1 system.
But here's another point...
Just because the Receiver is 7.1 doesn't mean you have to force a 7.1 setup upon it. Many people are perfectly happy with that 3.1 or 5.1 setup. Let's do some quick math -- $600 divided by 8 speakers to get 7.1 sound = only $75 Per Speaker. You can't hardly buy car speakers for that. So if you are bound by it, eBay's a possibility, as well as classifieds or Craigs List.
Finally, here's two possible winners (not quite 7.1)...http://www.hometheatersound.com/equi..._vt12_stf1.htmhttp://www.hometheatersound.com/equi...ke_classic.htm