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post #1 of 19
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Sorry if this is the wrong thread. I was researching on another forum about which speakers to buy and found a decent set up for cheap. (feel free to make recommendations about what to get for under $600) but anyway the speakers are Polk audio monitor 40s the subwoofer is bic f12 and the amp is Dayton apa 150, do I connect my music source which will probably be phone or tv into the amp then use speaker wire on both terminals on the amp and connect it both input terminals on the subwoofer and then connect both output terminals on the sub to the speakers? Also what do you guys think about this setup vs the audioengine a5+. Thanks!
post #2 of 19
How about a factory refurbished/factory warrantied Denon or Onkyo HT receiver? They will have subwoofer outputs for easy subwoofer integration. Extra inputs for connecting multiple devices.

The BIC F12 is a good entry level budget subwoofer for $200.

If this is for a desktop hi-fi setup, might also look at the Def Tech Studio Monitor 350. Newegg has them for $179 through tomorrow.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the fast reply yeah I was thinking about a receiver but my budget is no more than $600 so it is hard. What would you recommend? Also it is to play music and movies through with my iPhone or iPod. But just in case I get the amp would amp to sub then sub to speakers work?
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Yeah I'm going to go receiver which is a good one for under $300? I'm looking at onkyo tx sr313
post #5 of 19
Look at the Denon 1612. Last year's model with great reviews: http://www.hometheater.com/content/denon-avr-1612-av-receiver

Save the rest of your money toward better speakers smile.gif
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you do much! Also you said better speakers I couldn't find much on what to get what's a pair you would recommend? Thanks again for the help!
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Oh last question promise (: should I buy a center speaker, surround speakers or just keep these and upgrade and do I connect subwoofer to receiver through auxiliary chord or speaker cable or what?
post #8 of 19
Dont kid yourself, this isn't close to your last question! You've still got plenty to learn once you get everything! smile.gif

where are you located? Check your local Best Buy for clearance receivers. I found a denon 1912 for $199.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
You got me lol! Well the Closest best but is an hour and a half and no stores here carry stuff like this, no guitar center or anything.
post #10 of 19
Hey there! I've been buying and selling speakers for roughly 10 years (not much compared to many, but a lot as compared to most), and believe the rule of thumb is you should shoot to spend 20-25% on electronics and the remainder on the best possible speakers you can afford. I would look at www.audiogon.com for used equipment, but don't jump-in and buy anything immediately. Take a look at what you can afford, look at reviews on this website, google "brand/ model reviews", and see if anything pops up. Otherwise, if you're browsing...

I use the following review sites fairly regularly:
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/
http://www.audioholics.com/
http://www.audioreview.com/ (user reviews)
http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/ (this can be kind of commercial)
http://www.enjoythemusic.com/ (I've found this to be fairly reliable)
http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/audioreviews.html (pretty esoteric... and almost certainly out of your price range, but interesting reviews)
http://www.stereophile.com/ (also pretty commercial--I wouldn't use it as your only resource for a decision)
http://www.soundstage.com/ (this encompasses a variety of review sources - I like GoodSound specifically)
http://www.avsforum.com/ (this is a fantastic site, obviously wink.gif)
http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php

If you're looking for speakers under $600 a pair, I don't think you could possibly do much better than a used pair of Sierra-1's from www.ascendacoustics.com. I don't have the Sierra's myself (I'm looking for them--just lost out on a set, actually), but I have had their 340's and CBM-170's, and I thought they represented astonishing values.

--TDA
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks those websites are very helpful!
post #12 of 19
On second thought, another excellent bookshelf pair that I myself have owned and you can sometimes find <$600 are Quad 12L2's--amazing finish, capable of a fair amount of bass, and extremely clear reproduction ability. I found them to be slightly more desirable than their larger sibling, the 22L2's, in fact.

Here is a link to the "active" version of the 12L2's predecessor on Audiogon to give you an idea of what they look like: http://app.audiogon.com/listings/monitors-quad-12l-active-studio-monitors-mint-2012-11-15-speakers-90210-beverly-hills-ca

They also come in beautiful birdseye maple and cherry veneer. The lacquer is applied several times to each speaker--it's a beautiful finish smile.gif
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Where did you find that deal at?
post #14 of 19
Sorry, which deal?
post #15 of 19
I've not heard these, but have read in a few places they are quite good as well... and they're just beyond your budget new:
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=swan-d2-1se%2B-stand-monitor&products_id=69&osCsid=012a3c549b813da1867569133567a578

A few reviews here: https://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=swan+d2.1se+review&oq=Swan+D2.1se&gs_l=hp.1.0.0j0i33i30l3.9630.9630.0.10871.1.1.0.0.0.0.160.160.0j1.1.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.2.iJZSgkNJ48k&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=e808f039e791051e&bpcl=38897761&biw=1097&bih=545

This one actually compares them directly to the Ascend Sierra's: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0708/swans_d21se.htm

Keep in mind, you would do well to audition speakers and find a sound that works for you--everyone's taste is different.

Above all, have fun--it's a tremendously enjoyable hobby.

--TDA
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
Oh I was referring to the guy above you he found a receiver for $200
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Oh those are nice on amazon they are only $540
post #18 of 19
There are amazing deals out there if you just take the time to look for them--that's 1/2 the fun wink.gif
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
Yeah on new egg they have $60 off promo for the series 2 Polk audio monitor 40s so they are only $109 for evrything
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