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post #1 of 21
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Hello, I am looking to to buy new home theater speakers and a receiver. I have a 360 , wii and newer smasung 3d tv with 3d blu-ray. I would like to stay as close to $600 to $700 range as I can. I was looking at the MartinLogan MLT-2 (on sale $300) with a Harman/Kardon AVR 2600($320).
While looking I came across this site and now am not so sure and didn't want to hijack another thread. I kinda feel more lost now than when I started in not realizing all the different options.
Would I be better off getting the Energy Take Classic 5.0 with a BIC America F12 and maybe a Pioneer or Denon receiver? Or some other setup I am unaware of?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
post #2 of 21
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Originally Posted by moparmike View Post

Hello, I am looking to to buy new home theater speakers and a receiver. I have a 360 , wii and newer smasung 3d tv with 3d blu-ray. I would like to stay as close to $600 to $700 range as I can. I was looking at the MartinLogan MLT-2 (on sale $300) with a Harman/Kardon AVR 2600($320).
While looking I came across this site and now am not so sure and didn't want to hijack another thread. I kinda feel more lost now than when I started in not realizing all the different options.
Would I be better off getting the Energy Take Classic 5.0 with a BIC America F12 and maybe a Pioneer or Denon receiver? Or some other setup I am unaware of?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Start with a 2.0 system, then add a sub as money allows. Then the center and surrounds after.

I'm not q big fan of hk for subs, but Martin Logan is great. If you can fit floor standers, Che k out the Martin Logan motion 10, they've been on sale all over the place. For receiver, I really like my pioneers, for 300 you can find the vsx1021. There are comparable denon and onkyo that others like too. Sign up for newegg emails, and watch for good deals.
post #3 of 21
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I don't really have the room for floor speakers in this room. Also kinda wanting to keep it not to extravagant in the wife's eyes to avoid wife agro and not sleep with my system lol. I have a older pioneer setup in the basement with floors. I do watch newegg. I have ordered pretty much all the components for my both of my liquid cooled cpus from them that I have built, always great service. Just have been out of the home audio for so long I feel lost now and would like to find something that sounds good without taking up a lot of space. Thank you for your response and thoughts.
post #4 of 21
That Energy Take package is no longer on special, so the Martin Logans are your best choice of the two right now because of price.

I've also demoed the HK 1600 in my home. It sounds great if you want to save a little money and if it has the features you want. Then the Onkyo TX-NR509 is another good budget receiver.

If it were me, I'd buy a receiver at that price and then put the money into full range speakers. Get the BIC F12 and then watch for specials on the Polk Monitor30s and 40s and a Polk Monitor center at Newegg. They seem to go sale about every other week. For instance, you can get the Monitor30s for $90 a pair at the moment. Get two pairs and hold out on the center. The CS1 or CS2 will likely be on sale soon.
post #5 of 21
Agread with cel4145
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
After doing a little reading I am really leaning away from the theater in a box and going a route such as cel4145 mentioned.

Is the F12 a better sub for me over the Polk PSW505?

I also saw the Pioneer VSX-1021 for $300 and am undecided if I should jump on that? I am not in a rush to get everything but the sooner the better. I am unsure if I get that or watch for something else? Maybe spend a little more on the receiver?

Again thank you very much for your response.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by moparmike View Post

Is the F12 a better sub for me over the Polk PSW505?


Again thank you very much for your response.

At $188 the F12 a better than the Polk PSW505 at over $200

If you find a Polk PSW505 for $200 or under it is a better subwoofer. At its current price spend the extra money for the Bic PL-200
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by crazyrob425 View Post

At $188 the F12 a better than the Polk PSW505 at over $200

If you find a Polk PSW505 for $200 or under it is a better subwoofer. At its current price spend the extra money for the Bic PL-200

+1

At around the same price, seems like more people lean toward the PSW505 as the better subwoofer than the BIC F12--just a little bit. But the PL-200 is better than both, and definitely worth the extra money if you like bass heavy music or you want to maximize the low frequency bass effects in movies.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by moparmike View Post

I also saw the Pioneer VSX-1021 for $300 and am undecided if I should jump on that? I am not in a rush to get everything but the sooner the better. I am unsure if I get that or watch for something else? Maybe spend a little more on the receiver?

The tested amplifier output for the 1021 in a recent review seemed underwhelming. I wouldn't pay more for it than the Onkyo 509 or the HK 1600 unless you like the features $75 better. If you want to spend $300, look for a deal on the Denon 1612 so that you get Audyssey MultiEQ which has EQ filters for the sub and the speakers.
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by crazyrob425 View Post

At $188 the F12 a better than the Polk PSW505 at over $200

http://www.nothingbutsoftware.com/ca...175658&ai=1550

Best price $181 shipped, ordered mine from here, fast shippingand no hassles.

Recommended sub, does a great job for the price.
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Sorry one more noob question on the receiver. Since my tv and blu-ray player are both already on my network, am I right in thinking that I don't really need that option on the receiver? Thank you.
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by moparmike View Post

Sorry one more noob question on the receiver. Since my tv and blu-ray player are both already on my network, am I right in thinking that I don't really need that option on the receiver? Thank you.

You will need HDMI cables to directly connect your TV and blu-ray player to your receiver. The networking feature is for connecting a computer over a network.
post #13 of 21
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Yes I do have HDMI cables for everything and yes the cpu is connected now. Use it to stream movies and such. Just wondering if I could just stream music through the tv and not need that feature on the receiver.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by moparmike View Post

Yes I do have HDMI cables for everything and yes the cpu is connected now. Use it to stream movies and such. Just wondering if I could just stream music through the tv and not need that feature on the receiver.

Hook everything to the receiver--cable box, blu-ray, computer, Xbox, etc.--and then it routes video to the TV with one HDMI cable. Then the receiver can play back all the audio. You can connect your computer up to the receiver. HDMI or optical is preferable for best audio quality if you have one or the other, but you can connect it with an analog connection. No need for the networking features.
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much for your help. I think I have pretty much figured out what I want now. I hope lol.
post #16 of 21
I have the MLT-2s and enjoyed them when they were my mains...but like Cel said. Spend the money on full range speakers. You wont regret it


I honestly think ML is trying to get rid of these speakers. I called them up to ask for a replacement tweeter and the rep told me they send me a whole new box (5.1) if I paid the shipping 0_0
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
I am getting ready to pull the trigger on the speakers after some more reading on this site. I am going to go with the Polk Monitor60's,a CS2 center and a F 12 for sub. I will add something for rears soon.From my reading I think I will be happy with these speakers for the price.

Hopefully I am not missing something and these speakers will sound ok together? If I am please let me know. Now back to looking at receivers..

Thank you for all the comments. They all helped a lot.
post #18 of 21
nice! you can get the monitor 60's for 100 each right now on newegg with the promo code!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290207
post #19 of 21
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Well the budget kind of went out the window as it always seems to do. I ended up going with the monitor 60's for now,planing on getting some monitor 70's soon and moving 60's to rear. A CS2 center and broke down and got a PL-200 sub. The receiver is where I had the most trouble deciding. I was stuck betwee the Onkyo 709 and the Denon 2112. Made some calls as I read in this great forum and was offered the Denon for $450 shipped. Hope it was the right choice??? All the speakers are here now just waiting for the receiver stalking the ups truck haha. If I got something wrong please tell me and again thank you for all the advise.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by moparmike View Post

Well the budget kind of went out the window as it always seems to do. I ended up going with the monitor 60's for now,planing on getting some monitor 70's soon and moving 60's to rear. A CS2 center and broke down and got a PL-200 sub. The receiver is where I had the most trouble deciding. I was stuck betwee the Onkyo 709 and the Denon 2112. Made some calls as I read in this great forum and was offered the Denon for $450 shipped. Hope it was the right choice??? All the speakers are here now just waiting for the receiver stalking the ups truck haha. If I got something wrong please tell me and again thank you for all the advise.

LOL....you remind me of my brother. It all started with the PS 3. With the PS 3, he needs HDTV. Next, the speakers in the $1K range. $6K later, he finally stop. LMAO. The list just keeps on growing and money keeps flying out the window. LMAO.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by NBR View Post

LOL....you remind me of my brother. It all started with the PS 3. With the PS 3, he needs HDTV. Next, the speakers in the $1K range. $6K later, he finally stop. LMAO. The list just keeps on growing and money keeps flying out the window. LMAO.

Haha. I don't think I went too crazy maybe $300 more than I thought at first. Thing that really killed me was all the boxes showing up today. Think it rubbed the wife wrong seeing all the boxes for me today and her gifts were not quite as much..But she does enjoy good sound so that helps a tiny bit.
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