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First timer for purchase 5.1 speaker choices, which is best overall?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
What speakers to get? With the nice 1713 Denon AVR in 5.1 setup? Using from Blu-ray, gaming, streaming music/netflix/hulu/pandora.

I made some options below, so many choices would love some help from you guys. Priced from highest to least.

Denon 1713: http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-1713-Networking-Receiver-Outputs/dp/B007R8U5W6/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Option 1: DIY Parts: ($583) + AVR = $1033 Total
4 Speakers: Infinity Primus P143 Bookshelf Speakers ($236.00 total)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044D3R7M/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AKR88PAWTQVN2

Center Channel Speaker: Infinity Primus PC251 Two-way dual ($149)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046A8R5A/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AED492BX4II6G

Subwoofer: BIC America F12 $198.34
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015A8Y5M/ref=gno_cart_title_1

Option 2: Pioneer SP-PK52FS Andrew Jones Designed 5.1 Package (549.99) + AVR = $1000 Total

Option 3: DIY Parts: ($495) + AVR = $944.98 Total
4 Speakers: BIC America DV62si Bookshelf Speakers ($229.00 total)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006JPDI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=AED492BX4II6G

Center Channel Speaker: BIC America DV-52CLRB $66.87
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009WBYJ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&smid=AQNACJEM8PUJ1

Subwoofer: BIC America F12 $198.34
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015A8Y5M/ref=gno_cart_title_1

Option 4: Energy 5.1 Take Classic ($399) + AVR = $850 Total
http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358212655&sr=1-1&keywords=energy+5.1
post #2 of 14
I like the Energy 5.1 option the the most of what you posted.

If you have local Best Buys around 25 miles from you, check to see if they are carrying the Mirage MX 5.1 speaker set. It's on clearance now for $299 and it's an absolute steal.

I suggested it to another poster.
post #3 of 14
The energy take classics have 3 inch drivers and will give you the worst performance, in terms of hitting low. There will be a gap in the midbass area and problem with the sub having to go too high (when it becomes localized).
I didn't like the series one AJ pioneer speakers, but I hear series two is improved...so...and I haven't heard the bic, so won't comment!
The infinity primus speakers are solid! Alittle warm, but pretty sensitive and a very good "bang for the buck" speaker!
post #4 of 14
The choice for me is easy, the Pioneer phase 2 speakers - however, I would
look for a different subwoofer.
post #5 of 14
If...if you can get the def tech sm350/450 bookshelves for 200/pr, like I did a couple months ago...that is one good speaker and for 200/pr, a real steal!
post #6 of 14
From that list I would go for the Pioneers, but, like was mentioned above, I would skip the Pioneer subwoofer and get something like a BIC F12 or Klipsch RW-12d if you can swing it. Also look at the Hsu STF2.
post #7 of 14
If you are willing to call around to a few websites you can find a lower price on the denon 1713. Sites usually follow the minimum advertised price policy, but many will provide a discount over the phone. I picked up the 1713 before christmas for 375 shipped, that would give you 75 more to dump into your speakers.
post #8 of 14
The Energy Take system is a toy that will end up on the junkpile in your garage. The front speakers are ridiculously tiny.

People post here all the time regretting that they bought it. Don't make that mistake.

I suggest that you consider a pair of Polk R300 speakers, a Polk CS20 center speaker, and a pair of Polk Monitor 30 speakers. That should total about $600 according to current Amazon prices.

Add a Polk PSW505 subwoofer, or better still a Klipsch RW12 and you will have it!
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by shadyJ View Post

From that list I would go for the Pioneers, but, like was mentioned above, I would skip the Pioneer subwoofer and get something like a BIC F12 or Klipsch RW-12d if you can swing it. Also look at the Hsu STF2.

+1

Skip the Pioneer sub.

And as others have suggested, skip the Energy Takes. They are a good choice for people that have to have small speakers like that. But as Elihawk pointed out, they suffer from lack of midbass.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Why is it no one sells the Pioneer SP-PK52FS as a package? I can only find them from Amazon.com but sold in pieces.

Also, what companies are usually known to drop prices on Receivers? Thanks for the tips.
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Originally Posted by xkaijinx View Post

Why is it no one sells the Pioneer SP-PK52FS as a package? I can only find them from Amazon.com but sold in pieces.

Go to Best Buy - they have been known to do package deals - talk to the manager
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/Speakers/Home+Theater+Speakers

TigerDirect tends to have good prices on the speakers - the price will reflect in the cart
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/search.asp?keywords=pioneer+speakers
Edited by zieglj01 - 1/15/13 at 11:20am
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by xkaijinx View Post

Why is it no one sells the Pioneer SP-PK52FS as a package? I can only find them from Amazon.com but sold in pieces.

Also, what companies are usually known to drop prices on Receivers? Thanks for the tips.

The usual, crutchfield, vanns, abt electronics, j and r, electronics expo... tons more. If you just do a google search on a product you want you can get a list of sites that sell it under the shopping tab, then start dialing.
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