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Help please: A question/challenge for the experts - stereo system

post #1 of 8
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Hi all,
I've seen similar questions posted but non that truly applies to what I'm looking for. So, I'm sorry if there is some repetition to this thread.

I'm trying to build a 2-channel/stereo system for music and TV/movies. My goal is to build the best possible system within the following constraints:

1) A $500-600 budget total. My best alternative today is the Bose Cinemate Series II, but I've heard audio savvy people that there are better things out there for the money (the Bose costs $600).
2) Relatively small speakers, and as mentioned a stereo or 2.1 (don't like 5.1 or 7.1 due to cables)
3) Need a digital-optical input to connect the TV to the receiver/integrated amp. The TV doesn't have other permanent audio outputs.
4) A receiver/integrated amp that works with both 110 and 220 volts because I'll be moving out of the US and I would like to avoid any external transformers (usually bulky and bad quality).

Please let me know what you think. If I can't find anything I'll probably surrender myself to the marketing of Bose. Thanks a ton
post #2 of 8
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May I just add that the Bose thing is because of "wife acceptance".
post #3 of 8
1) yes, you have heard correctly...

2) wires can be hidden...

3) any avr will have spdif inputs... you'd run your sources through the avr though... so unless you are running apps on your tv, there'd be no reason to hook it back to the avr with a spdif cable...

4) ain't happening in your budget range...
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by ccotenj View Post

1) yes, you have heard correctly...

2) wires can be hidden...

3) any avr will have spdif inputs... you'd run your sources through the avr though... so unless you are running apps on your tv, there'd be no reason to hook it back to the avr with a spdif cable...

4) ain't happening in your budget range...

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Good point on the spdif inputs...

What do you think about buying 2 good speakers and a normal AVR? For example, 2 Polk Audio RTI A1 Bookshelf Speakers for ~$250 (or other better used speakers) and any "decent" receiver?. I found a Yamaha RX-V467 that works with 110 and 220V for $300. This way I can build up to a better system with time... I know this is not super HiFi, but anyways I'm a begginer who wants to get the best value for its money and build for the future. Will this example be better than the Bose? Thanks..-
post #5 of 8
Harman Kardon HK3490 2 channel receiver ~ $300

Paradigm Atom speakers $250-300

That's what I would go with if you only need one optical digital (spdif) input.
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by lulimet View Post

Harman Kardon HK3490 2 channel receiver ~ $300

Paradigm Atom speakers $250-300

That's what I would go with if you only need one optical digital (spdif) input.

Thanks, I haven't been able to find a HK for 110 and 220 Volts. What I've found so far: http://www.220-electronics.com/recei...o_receiver.htm
post #7 of 8
Oh, I didn't realize you needed a receiver that does both.
post #8 of 8
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I found a great deal for a pair of new Paradigm Monitor v.6 bookshelf and bought a pair for $~175. I'm thinking that I'm restricting myself too much with the voltage issue, and I just might get a good voltage converter. Thx
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