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A friend of mine is totally new to stereos and needs some help

post #1 of 10
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Hey guys,

I'm posting this for a friend of mine. He was an old, old receiver with an old turntable that's connected to a little set of bookshelf speakers and he wants to upgrade. He lives at home and wants a set up in his room, he wants this/looking at how much it's going to cost:

- An affordable receiver (one that can support 5.1 audio, and has inputs for a CD player, turntable and iPod)
- Complete 5.1 speaker set

He wants surround sound and wants optimal sound quality. Can you give some suggestions? Should he have surround sound in his room? If so, what do you reccomend? Should he just upgrade his current two channel audio? If so, what do you reccomend in that area? He said his budget is 800 dollars.
post #2 of 10
800 bucks = 2.1 imho
post #3 of 10
He could re-cycle the existing speakers as surrounds, and purchase new speakers and build up to 5.1 from there; might even be content with the existing speakers as surrounds indefinitely.

No idea what your space requirements are, so have a look at bookshelf and tower speakers from Energy, Yamaha, Klipsch, Mirage, Polk, etc - when you find something that looks like it will fit; then build from there (doesn't mean you have to buy that product).

Receiver-wise, Pioneer's new VSX-521 looks nice, Sherwood's RD-7502 is my general stand-by for suggestions (it's really just quite versatile), would also look at Yamaha and Sony. You'll be hard pressed to find a phono pre-amp on an entry level unit, but you can probably add a preamp for not too much (unless the turntable has a preamp built-in).
post #4 of 10
Why would you need a preamp if you have an avr?
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by pistonengine View Post

Why would you need a preamp if you have an avr?

Many turntables cannot be connected to line-level inputs, you need a phono pre-amplifier to sit between the line-level input and the turntable. Newer turntables will integrate this, but older models do not. Your average AVR in 2011 has no idea what a phono input is, and probably doesn't even have a common-point ground; you want that little box to sit between it and the line-level inputs on said AVR, or the sound from your turntable will be crap due to the mismatch. Here's a much more in-depth article that explains what I just said in ~5 pages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RIAA_equalization

Now go back and re-read my post; I specifically said "phono pre-amp" - it's amazing what happens when you don't just pick jargon words out of the block and comment on them .
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Originally Posted by walbert View Post

Now go back and re-read my post; I specifically said "phono pre-amp" - it's amazing what happens when you don't just pick jargon words out of the block and comment on them .

Whoa, no need to get all defensive bro. I asked the question in honest ignorance and curiosity.
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Whoa, no need to get all defensive bro. I asked the question in honest ignorance and curiosity.

Not defense, just being sarcastic .

No harm in questions; ask away.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by walbert View Post

No idea what your space requirements are, so have a look at bookshelf and tower speakers from Energy, Yamaha, Klipsch, Mirage, Polk, etc - when you find something that looks like it will fit; then build from there (doesn't mean you have to buy that product).

Might I also suggest Jamo speakers.....they typically have a very good bang for the buck.

There is a full 5.0 set at vanns for a decent price: http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...speaker-system
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Might I also suggest Jamo speakers.....they typically have a very good bang for the buck.

Sure why not, lets throw Athena in and we'll complete the Klipsch Audio Technologies tour .
post #10 of 10
The Onkyo home-theaters-in-a-box aren't bad at all.
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