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Need recommendation for a 5.1 surround system under $1000 MSRP

post #1 of 14
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Hi,

I am looking to build a decent home theater system on a budget and I could use your advice to chose the right components. I posted a similar thread in the "AV Receivers" section of the forum, but naturally the discussion there is focusing more on the receiver side. I am posting here, because I would like to get some ideas about the speakers I should chose.
First of all I mentioned I am on a budget, and my budget is currently around $1000. About half of that would be spend on a receiver so that leaves me with a total of $500-$600 for the speakers. I know this is not a lot for a good 5.1 system, but it is a start. I am also willing to look for refurbished, used or discontinued products so that I can get the best bang for the buck. In other words I have about $500-$600 to spend, but I am actually looking for components in the $600-$1200 MSRP range.
I live in a condo and I don't have much space for floor standing speakers, so I'd prefer to go for the bookshelf style ones. Due the layout of the living room and to simplify the wiring/installation I would prefer to stick to a 5.1 system. The size of the living room is approximately 18' L x 12.5' W for a total area of ~225 sq. ft.
Last, but not least I haven't decided 100% on a receiver yet, but it will most likely be the Onkyo tx-nr709 or similar - just to give you an idea about the power requirements.

So what should I get?
post #2 of 14
A place to start is the Infinity Primus speaker series, the Pxx2 series has recently been replaced by the Pxx3 series, but the actual drivers and internals are the same.

http://www.crutchfield.com/shopsearc...ty_primus.html

I start with the P162 speakers for L & R, the P250 for the center, and P152 or P142 speakers for the surrounds. For budget powered subwoofers, look at BIC, HSU Research (on sale), Parts Express "Dayton" brand, or the Polk PSW505 or above (leave the low end Polks off your list).

Another place to look is HSU Research and their HB-1 speakers and HC-1 center http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hb-1.html
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by m_vanmeter View Post

A place to start is the Infinity Primus speaker series, the Pxx2 series has recently been replaced by the Pxx3 series, but the actual drivers and internals are the same.

http://www.crutchfield.com/shopsearc...ty_primus.html

I start with the P162 speakers for L & R, the P250 for the center, and P152 or P142 speakers for the surrounds. For budget powered subwoofers, look at BIC, HSU Research (on sale), Parts Express "Dayton" brand, or the Polk PSW505 or above (leave the low end Polks off your list).

Another place to look is HSU Research and their HB-1 speakers and HC-1 center http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hb-1.html

Honestly I would go for the bigger 350 center if I were you. Its just so much better. hsu makes good subs. Get something from their line.
post #4 of 14
Shame you can't really have floor standing as these are pretty good, depending on how badly scratched they are:

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it.../jamo-s606hcs3

Vanns has good deals and always best to call in and see if they have any special pricing that they don't announce online. Also, Newegg seems to have a lot of sales for old Polk Audio stuff:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290212

you'd still have to look for an inexpensive sub though.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by wizard8873 View Post

Shame you can't really have floor standing as these are pretty good, depending on how badly scratched they are:

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it.../jamo-s606hcs3

you'd still have to look for an inexpensive sub though.

Wow, these look stunning! I am a huge fan of Jamo and I was waiting for somebody to suggest them. I am wondering how bad is the damage....
post #6 of 14
I know your budget is around $600 but I heard a 5.1 definitive technology pro cinema 600 series speakers at magnolia theater room at best Buy yesterday and they sounded fantastic! I'm tryna scrap up the money to upgrade with these myself. BB's price is $799 but after hearing them its worth it to me.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Devil_Inside View Post

my budget is currently around $1000. About half of that would be spend on a receiver

Nearly all sound performace comes from the speakers. This is a bad idea. I'd go with a used Onyko TX-NR609 for $330.59 from amazon and spend the rest on speakers and a nice subwoofer.

Onyko TX-NR609

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR609...1560851&sr=8-1
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Devil_Inside View Post

Wow, these look stunning! I am a huge fan of Jamo and I was waiting for somebody to suggest them. I am wondering how bad is the damage....

Maybe call and see if they can send you pictures. There's actually quite a few on the site, both colors, and running for that price. A friend of mine bought these and he's very impressed. It doesn't replace a sub but it does have some nice bass for tower speakers thanks to the 8" woofers built-in.

As others mentioned too, get a used or older model receiver and save money. Or you can look at the less-expensive models like this Onkyo TX-SR309: http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...onkyo-tx-sr309
post #9 of 14
you could also consider a refurbished Onkyo NR-609 from a factory authorized dealer (factory warranty is good) http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by markmathers View Post

I know your budget is around $600 but I heard a 5.1 definitive technology pro cinema 600 series speakers at magnolia theater room at best Buy yesterday and they sounded fantastic! I'm tryna scrap up the money to upgrade with these myself. BB's price is $799 but after hearing them its worth it to me.

How much difference is there between the Pro Cinema 600 and 60? the 60 is half the price.
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by m_vanmeter View Post

you could also consider a refurbished Onkyo NR-609 from a factory authorized dealer (factory warranty is good) http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html

After spending $30 in shipping on a refurb you might as well get a new one for $379.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post


How much difference is there between the Pro Cinema 600 and 60? the 60 is half the price.
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

Hmm good question. I wasn't familiar with the brand until yesterday after speaking with a Best Buy rep. He let me hear the 600 in the show room and I was thoroughly impressed. It sounds like definitive is a really good brand for speakers so I would guess the 60 would be worth checking out.
post #13 of 14
The Pioneer bundle at Best Buy probably deserves consideration from what I gather. The related (but not in the bundle) SP-BS41-LR has been reviewed well on Stereophile http://www.stereophile.com/content/p...lr-loudspeaker. The bundle is a complete 5.1 system with towers up front (instead of the BS41 stand mounts which coincidentally cost the same as the towers direct from Pioneer) and a Pioneer AVR for $775. The speakers were designed by Andrew Jones, which is apparently a big deal. There's another thread on AVS regarding these speakers: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1278774&page=1
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Guys, I think I am going to go with the Jamo's. It is a little bit more than what I wanted to spend, considering there is no subwoofer included, but I think it is worth it. I am going to wait to see if they go on sale around Black Friday/Cyber Monday and I will most likely pull the trigger. My only concern (aside from the fact I need to get a sub) is that they are a little bit big for my place, but I think I can make it work. Besides they look absolutely stunning

Now, any suggestions for a receiver and a sub?
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