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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone!

I am looking to setup a surround sound speaker system for my apartment. The room is probably 16 x 16 (typical ceilings). My budget is about $600-$650.

My questions are - What do you recommend for a surround sound system? Should I get a 5.1 or 7.1? Should I get a packaged option or put together a combination of speaker sets? or should I just get a home theater in a box type of system?

If you can give me some good model name/numbers and answers to the above, I can do research on what I want based on it. Thanks.
post #2 of 26
Go on Audiogon, visit local dealers and look at the trade-ins, sometimes a MILF is better than a v. for the money:)

Now seriously, at least make sure the 3 front channels are matched, read a lot.
Reviewers like audioholics, stereophile, absolute sound rarely serve b-xxxx to readers.
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
Not looking for a used set.

I was more looking for recommendations and/or answers to my questions.
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by fendertunes View Post

Not looking for a used set.
I was more looking for recommendations and/or answers to my questions.

In order for us to give you answers or suggestions to your question, we need a BUDGET $$$.
post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 
My first post says it all.

$600-$650
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by fendertunes View Post

My first post says it all.
$600-$650

Is that including the subwoofer?
post #7 of 26
Thread Starter 
Yes. Sorry if its on the low-end.
I was searching threads here, and saw some recommendations. Most were based on personal experience. So, I didn't know where to start and what specs to look for to see if I am getting the best bang for my buck.
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by fendertunes View Post

Yes. Sorry if its on the low-end.
I was searching threads here, and saw some recommendations. Most were based on personal experience. So, I didn't know where to start and what specs to look for to see if I am getting the best bang for my buck.

You best option would be to wait for everything to be on sale.

Pioneer FS52 x 2 = $200
Pioneer CS22 x 1 = $100
Pioneer SB22 x 1 (pair) $100
Sub: BIC F12 x 1 $200 = $600. This does not include taxes or shipping cost.

Polk Audio Monitor 60 x 2 =$200
Polk Audio CS2 x 1 = $100
Polk Auidio Monitor 30 x 2 (2 pairs) = $160
sub: BIC F12 x 1 $200 = $660. This does not include taxes or shipping cost.

Definitive Technology ProCinema 60 5.1 set up $229

Energy Take 5.0 $129
Sub: BIC F12 $200
Total = $339

MartinLogan MLT-2 5.1CH Premium Home Theater Speaker System Black System $399.99 Promo code EMCJJHA59 will give you $120 off.

Energy Take Classic 5.1 5.1CH Premium Home Theater System $399.99
post #9 of 26
Do you already have a receiver? If so, what brand/model is it?

If you are looking for an entire system, including receiver, then take a look at the Onkyo HTiB systems, The HT-S5500 is a 7.1 system and the HT-S7409 is a 5.1 system and both are under $600. I don't have any of these systems but I have heard similar systems. They aren't too bad for HTiB systems but going with a separate speaker package + receiver/pre-pro/amplifier is generally better. I would recommend HSU Research or even Emotiva speakers but those are out of your price range, unless you start with a 2.1 system and build onto it with their surrounds. Emotiva has huge discounts on their speakers right now along with free shipping within the USA. Their X-Ref 5.2/4.1 package of 5 speakers is currently at $847. Regularly $1327.
post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 
GusGus, thanks for the recommendation. I can get your Pioneer recommended set for $650 after shipping. So that seems good + $200 for a receiver.

Jevans64, yea I would need a receiver as well.

How much would the put together pioneer package be for if I were to buy a comparable HTiB? Is the sound quality comparable to a $1400 HTiB? I think I want to go with the Pioneer option.
post #11 of 26
you can save some money if for surrounds you just get the first generation bs21 speakers for $50 on newegg when on sale. ive seen them as low as $40 on newegg.

also, that cs22 is currently $69 and i have seen it as low as $59
post #12 of 26
Have you thought about doing a better 2.1/3.1 system and then adding the surrounds as you can afford them?
post #13 of 26
I recommend the Pioneer deal

If you go with a smaller package - then Acoustic Energy
use to list for around $1700
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/ACENAEGOPACK/ACOUSTIC-ENERGY-AEGO-AE12-5.1-Home-Theater-Speaker-Package-Gloss-Black/1.html
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by fendertunes View Post

GusGus, thanks for the recommendation. I can get your Pioneer recommended set for $650 after shipping. So that seems good + $200 for a receiver.
Jevans64, yea I would need a receiver as well.
How much would the put together pioneer package be for if I were to buy a comparable HTiB? Is the sound quality comparable to a $1400 HTiB? I think I want to go with the Pioneer option.

The Pioneer set up will be better than any HTIB.
post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Luisfc1972 View Post

you can save some money if for surrounds you just get the first generation bs21 speakers for $50 on newegg when on sale. ive seen them as low as $40 on newegg.
also, that cs22 is currently $69 and i have seen it as low as $59
Thanks! It's on sale right now for $50.
So now that saves me $130.

Can anyone recommend me a Denon receiver? In a similar price range... $200-$300?
Do you think a HSU sub is better? Can you recommend something (Around $200 hopefully)
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by fendertunes View Post

Thanks! It's on sale right now for $50.
So now that saves me $130.
Can anyone recommend me a Denon receiver? In a similar price range... $200-$300?
Do you think a HSU sub is better? Can you recommend something (Around $200 hopefully)

Get a refurbished avr from accessories4less. HSU is better but more expensive. The best sub for $200 is BIC F12. Newegg has the RW-12D for $300 right now.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by fendertunes View Post

Can anyone recommend me a Denon receiver? In a similar price range... $200-$300?
Do you think a HSU sub is better? Can you recommend something (Around $200 hopefully)

Denon 1612 from AC4L

Cadence CSX12 sub - in the cart there should be an option for free shipping
http://www.cadencesound.com/products/CSX12-Mark-II.html
post #18 of 26
Thread Starter 
Good advice again. Thanks! I will check out accessories4less for Denon 1612. Till now, here is what I am paying:
BIC America F12 = $200
Pioneer SP-FS52 x 2 = $250
Pioneer SP-C22 x 1 = $70
Pioneer SP-BS21-LR = $50

I found out about Japanese made Denon receivers and HSU sub from a coworker. He has a Polk setup with Denon avr and HSU sub, that he invested about $2000 in.
post #19 of 26
fwiw, another suggestion . if you have some patience and can wait . imo best 5.0 speaker value out there for less than $600. again you could do without a sub with this system as the 363's have some kind of deep end bass for the time being. and save up for a "good" sub like a hsu vtf-2mk4 $600 this sub will make a big difference in the sound quality of your movies compared to the budget subs out there

pair of infinity p363's for front $235+ ship. ( fry's electronics) back order for shipping.if you purchace they will hold the price

pair of infinity p153's for rear $99+ ship. ( fry's) back order

infinity pc351 center $200 ( amazon ) back order
and as for the power source the denon avr1612 from ac4l is another good value
again just a suggestion
Edited by smasher50 - 12/9/12 at 2:30pm
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 
How is Accessories4Less? I am seeing lot of one-star reviews about them.
http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Accessories_4_Less

Do you guys/gals have personal experience with them?
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by fendertunes View Post

How is Accessories4Less? I am seeing lot of one-star reviews about them.
http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Accessories_4_Less
Do you guys/gals have personal experience with them?

A lot of us have bought from them - they have been around a long time.
I have had no problems.

http://www.bizrate.com/ratings_guide/merchant_detail__mid--32107.html?rf=sur
post #22 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks sooo much everyone!
I just bought that setup + Denon AVR 1612 from AC4L.
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by fendertunes View Post

Thanks sooo much everyone!
I just bought that setup + Denon AVR 1612 from AC4L.

Just a FYI on Denon " Made in Japan. " That is no longer the case except for the 4520ci and the top one or two AVRs of the past couple of years. ALL of the mid and low-end receivers are made in China. They are still designed in Japan as far as I know. Doesn't really matter though since nearly all electronics are made in China now.

Good choice on the Pioneer setup and selecting a companion receiver.
post #24 of 26
Hello all - I will also be upgrading to the Pioneer FS52, CS22, SB22 speakers and BIC F12 sub.

In regards to avr - I am stuck between the Onkyo tx-nr717 and denon 2113cl.. Any thoughts which would be better with the Pioneers and BIC F12?
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by tkd_guy View Post

Hello all - I will also be upgrading to the Pioneer FS52, CS22, SB22 speakers and BIC F12 sub.

In regards to avr - I am stuck between the Onkyo tx-nr717 and denon 2113cl.. Any thoughts which would be better with the Pioneers and BIC F12?
just curious why those 2avr's
post #26 of 26
Or the Onkyo 809 / Denon 2312 .. I would go for the 818 / 2313 though the price range is a little over my budget.

I'm fairly new to the home theater world so all suggestions and guidance are sincerely appreciated.
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