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post #1 of 13
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Hey Guys,

I have a small room that i am using for my home office. Room is approximately 13x8. I want to install a 5 channel system (I have a shiva x driver left from my HT project that i will build a sub for). I dont have a lot of room for tower speakers so i probably wont be able to utilize them. I will need something small for the office that will sound big I will be using the system for 100% music so home theater is not a concern. I want to try and stay around $500 for everything if possible, and i don't mind buying used speakers. So what do you guys recommend i should get for my situation?

Thanks much
post #2 of 13
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I stumbled acroos this which seems to be a really good deal but what do you guys think?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...bles-_-na-_-na
post #3 of 13
That room is relatively small. For 100% music I would go 2.1 and spend the $500 on 2 nice bookshelves to pair with the sub. I'm not much of a fan of 5.1 for music unless it's a concert DVD or bluray. Just my taste I guess.

I'm assuming the budget is just for speakers and you already have a receiver. If not, $500 for a receiver and 5 speakers will be mediocre at best, especially with music as the primary.
post #4 of 13
I would buy four NHT SuperZero speakers for $100 each if I wanted 4.1, but 2.1 would be fine for music. A center speaker is not needed for such a small room.

For 2.1 I would recommend a pair of Monitor Audio M2 speakers, for $270. I think that would be best in that size room.

You seem to have a sub in the works.


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Originally Posted by cjsiv View Post

That room is relatively small. For 100% music I would go 2.1 and spend the $500 on 2 nice bookshelves to pair with the sub. I'm not much of a fan of 5.1 for music unless it's a concert DVD or bluray. Just my taste I guess.

I'm assuming the budget is just for speakers and you already have a receiver. If not, $500 for a receiver and 5 speakers will be mediocre at best, especially with music as the primary.
post #5 of 13
another newegg special:

Pioneer 821: $190

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82117397-L023D

Def Tech pro 60: $280

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82325104-L024C

Total: $470

I have heard the pro 60 package through reference sources at Abt and they are as good as the pro 600 package.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by cjsiv View Post

That room is relatively small. For 100% music I would go 2.1 and spend the $500 on 2 nice bookshelves to pair with the sub. I'm not much of a fan of 5.1 for music unless it's a concert DVD or bluray. Just my taste I guess.

I'm assuming the budget is just for speakers and you already have a receiver. If not, $500 for a receiver and 5 speakers will be mediocre at best, especially with music as the primary.

Agreed.

Unless you are buying SACDs instead of normal CDs, the music you will be listening to is 2 channel anyway.

I recommend considering the Energy RC-10s. Lotta love for them here on AVS for $300 (search the Energy owners thread).

As for a receiver, the Onkyo TX-NR509 or Harman Kardon AVR1600 is a good buy in your budget range.
post #7 of 13
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I will be using the system for 100% music so home theater is not a concern. I want to try and stay around $500 for everything if possible, and i don't mind buying used speakers. So what do you guys recommend i should get for my situation?

If this is for 100% music I wouldn't worry about 5.1. I'd get a nice 2.1 setup.

These Boston VS260 are highly recommended and only cost $500/pr vs their normal $1400 price.
http://www.amazon.com/Boston-Acousti...9491842&sr=8-1

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1393331
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

if this is for 100% music i wouldn't worry about 5.1. I'd get a nice 2.1 setup.

These boston vs260 are highly recommended and only cost $500/pr vs their normal $1400 price.
http://www.amazon.com/boston-acousti...9491842&sr=8-1

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1393331

x2
post #9 of 13
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I want to try and stay around $500 for everything if possible

If that means for receiver and speakers then I need to amend my recommendation since I didn't account for a receiver.

Perhaps the Monitor Audio speakers recommended above or the Energy RC-10 for $299.

You could get a receiver like the HK 1600 for $229 and if you ever wanted to go 5.1 you'd have that type of receiver.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...40K60QWMYKF79P

or just get a stereo receiver with subwoofer outputs.
http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-...9494790&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-8050-...9494841&sr=1-2
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

If that means for receiver and speakers then I need to amend my recommendation since I didn't account for a receiver.

Perhaps the Monitor Audio speakers recommended above or the Energy RC-10 for $299.

You could get a receiver like the HK 1600 for $229 and if you ever wanted to go 5.1 you'd have that type of receiver.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...40K60QWMYKF79P

or just get a stereo receiver with subwoofer outputs.
http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-...9494790&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-8050-...9494841&sr=1-2

X2 again, if you can not swing for the for Boston
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post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

You could get a receiver like the HK 1600 for $229 and if you ever wanted to go 5.1 you'd have that type of receiver.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...40K60QWMYKF79P

or just get a stereo receiver with subwoofer outputs.
http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-...9494790&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-8050-...9494841&sr=1-2

+1

I compared the HK 3390 and HK 1600 at home for a PC 2.1 setup. Pretty much the same SQ as far as I could tell. The 3390 has a little more volume output. Of course the advantage of the 1600 is bass management, HDMI, and optical inputs. But I ended up going with the 3390 because I didn't need those features in my PC setup.

However, I did not care for the sound of the Yamaha VX-R367, which I compared with the 1600 before getting the 3390 in. Could just be my preference for the HK sound, but then again I have a Denon I like, too.
post #13 of 13
heres some suggestions if you want to buy used

focal chorus 806v $350 all on audiogon

LSA .5 $475

jamo c 803 $450

ascend acoustics cmt340se with stands $435

any of these would give you great sound in your size room and you can always bargain with the price
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