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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hello,

I am in need of advice

What I'm looking for: Cleanest, high quality sound, at medium and low volume.

What I don't need: I don't need a ton of bass since I'll be in an apartment complex (though I would like a little), and I don't need the speakers to reach extremely high volume (noise constraints). I don't prefer a 5.1 system since my couch will be against the back wall (limited space), but I might be persuaded.

What I'm using it for: Primarily (in order of importance) movies, gaming, music.

My Budget: Around $2500

I really appreciate your comments. Also, let me know if you have any questions and I'll be sure to answer!

I just purchased a TV so I am currently working with stock speakers.
post #2 of 11
Look at MTM bookshelves loaded with 6.5 inch midbasses. Buy the best you can afford. Down the road you can expand upon them if your next digs allow for a larger system.
post #3 of 11
Does the $2500 budget include the speakers, sub and receiver or just the speakers? Also, if you do get just a 2.1 system now, would you want a full surround sound receiver and just only use it for stereo, or would you consider a more traditional stereo, 2ch, receiver or integrated amp that does not do surround sound?
post #4 of 11
I would say go ahead and get your sub now and just turn it down. I do not believe you can find to many better systems than these without spending BIG bucks. All this stuff is so subjective too. I guess you might get the buy this or buy that but if you read reviews the better way to say it is...you will not find many people bashing thier systems with these products. Good luck!

Option #1 $2800 I know a few $'s over but a great way to start.

Denon AVR-2313 $900
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_033AV2313C/Denon-AVR-2313CI.html

Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 55 $600
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_735SM55/Definitive-Technology-StudioMonitor-55.html

Definitive Technology CS-8040HD $500
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_735CS8040/Definitive-Technology-CS-8040HD.html

Definitive Technology SuperCube® 4000 $800
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_735SC4000/Definitive-Technology-SuperCube-4000.html

Option #2 $2663 A full 5.1 system.

Denon AVR-2313 $900
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_033AV2313C/Denon-AVR-2313CI.html

HSU Hybrid 3 - 5.1 Package in Satin Black
In-stock:Yes
Regularly:$1534.00
MSRP:$2124
S/H:$229
$1369.00
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
$2500 is my total budget.

Id prefer a receiver that is capable of surround sound in case I add more speakers in the future.
post #6 of 11
I like the recommendation of the Denon 2313. My 2309 model has served me very well. Yamaha and Pioneer and Onkyo each have their pluses and minuses. Onkyo has great specs and sells street price for big discounts over MSRP. Lately their rep has taken a hit due to poor quality, overheating, and bad customer service though. Yamaha and Pioneer both use their own room correction software, while Denon uses Audyssey, which most people on this forum seem to prefer.

The Deftech Studio monitor seem to be getting a lot of positive press and you should be able to demo those at a BestBuy near you.

I would avoid the Supercube sub though, it is way overpriced. For an apartment, check out the new SVS SB-1000 for $499.

Hsu makes great subs, but I did not love their speakers when I heard them. Also, that sub would probably be overkill for your situation.

For other speakers, check out Aperion Versus line or Ascend Sierras.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by NewHTbuyer View Post

I like the recommendation of the Denon 2313. My 2309 model has served me very well. Yamaha and Pioneer and Onkyo each have their pluses and minuses. Onkyo has great specs and sells street price for big discounts over MSRP. Lately their rep has taken a hit due to poor quality, overheating, and bad customer service though. Yamaha and Pioneer both use their own room correction software, while Denon uses Audyssey, which most people on this forum seem to prefer.

The Deftech Studio monitor seem to be getting a lot of positive press and you should be able to demo those at a BestBuy near you.

I would avoid the Supercube sub though, it is way overpriced. For an apartment, check out the new SVS SB-1000 for $499.

Hsu makes great subs, but I did not love their speakers when I heard them. Also, that sub would probably be overkill for your situation.

For other speakers, check out Aperion Versus line or Ascend Sierras.

+1 on the SVS subwoofer. That would be a much better choice than any of the Deftech subs. Check out Monitor Audio (Silver RX-1), PSB (Image B6), Focal, and NHT (Classic 2 or 3) for other speaker options.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice it is appreciated. I will be looking into the suggested set ups.

I went to my local Magnolia store and was suggested the following set up. My idea behind it is quality pieces that will stay with me as I grow my system and move in the future.

Receiver: Marantz SR6007 $999
Bookshelves: Bowers and Wilkins CM5 $1499

My concern is paying for brands and not components or overkill.

Thanks I will be awaiting your replies.
post #9 of 11
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Bookshelves: Bowers and Wilkins CM5 $1499
Those go low enough to provide all the bass you'll be able to use in an apartment, and are high enough quality to keep indefinitely if you ever grow your system for an larger space. If you can use a screwdriver these are another option:
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=302-970
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=302-973
post #10 of 11
If you are considering the CM5s, also look at the Kef R300. They are great sounding bookshelf speakers and you should be able to get some off of the MSRP, which is $1,800.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by apollo2005x View Post

Thanks for the advice it is appreciated. I will be looking into the suggested set ups.

I went to my local Magnolia store and was suggested the following set up. My idea behind it is quality pieces that will stay with me as I grow my system and move in the future.

Receiver: Marantz SR6007 $999
Bookshelves: Bowers and Wilkins CM5 $1499

My concern is paying for brands and not components or overkill.

Thanks I will be awaiting your replies.

The CM5s are great speakers. But, have you listened to them with some of your favorite music or movies? I would get out and listen to as many speakers as you can before parting with your cash. Your patience will be rewarded.
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