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post #1 of 23
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I am looking to get my home theater audio system started. I have little clue on what I should get speaker wise. I believe I'm going to start with a 2.1 setup and build the 5.1 later. I have a budget of about 100-125 for speakers, suggestions?
post #2 of 23
Thread Starter 
This is what I'm currently looking into for a reciever

Yamaha RX-V373 receiver, $177 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882115373

And for speakers

Pioneer BS-22 speakers, $69/pr shipped,
http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS22-LR-Designed-Bookshelf-Loudspeakers/dp/B008NCD2LG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362340566&sr=8-1&keywords=Pioneer+speakers

My total budget is $650, and with what i have I'm at a good spot, but if there are other speakers that will perform significantly better within my budget, or a reciever that will do a much better for around the same price, let me know! As far as the sub goes I'm completely undecided
post #3 of 23
Welcome to the hobby! Glancing over the equipment you want to purchase, I think that will be a good start. Don't get your hopes up for movie theater quality with it, but it will prove to be a base. Much like you I started building my system very slowly. I got my first receiver when I was 16, along with 2 KLH speakers. Over the years I added a piece at a time. I added literally a price at a time, weather it be a CD player, a TV or more speakers. It took me roughly two years of work to get to 5.1, and then I quickly did another upgrade to 7.1. For the last several years I've been working on getting rid of the original components and upgrading to higher end equipment. All that being said, my original KLH (are they still in business?) speakers are still in use 13 years later. Today they act as my rear surround channels.

Have fun with it. As much as the instant gratification of buying a $5000 system is fun, building it slowly and growing it has its perks.
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thank you Allen I appreciate the inspirational post! I need to remember that I have a small budget but need some more research to be happy
post #5 of 23
The Pioneers are an excellent speaker to build a system with on your budget.

However, the price on Amazon went back up. You'll have to watch for specials. They are often on sale for under $100.
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
What are good sites to watch for them?
post #7 of 23
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What are good sites to watch for them?

Ask in the Pioneer owners thread for these speakers, and also subscribe to it. Someone may post when a special comes up.
post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
What's the main differences in sound quality of these
http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=8825444&pid=1207352527254
Vs these
http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=8825453&pid=1207352587178
Is it worth buying the floor standing speakers for the fronts? Or is it better to buy the regulars? I like the look of the floor standing ones but unless they are worth it I may have to skip them. What's your opinion guys?
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
Also these look great but are they worth the extra cash, and how would my Yamaha reciever do powering these.speakers?
post #10 of 23
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290271&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=6146961&SID=1bco9n1chqv0q
post #11 of 23
fwiw, if your looking for a good value on some nice sounding towers take a look at the boston acoustics a250's $200 a pair at accessories4less (they are white with black grills)
post #12 of 23
Thread Starter 
How do they compare to the two towers I listed?
post #13 of 23
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How do they compare to the two towers I listed?
fwiw,imo the "a" series from boston acoustics are step up and a better built speaker than the pioneer offerings and the polk monitor series. just my 2 cents
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
How would they do with my current choice in reciever? Is it powerfull enough for them?
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
Eek Idk how I feel about the white speakers. It would not fit the current style of my furniture. Do they come in black?
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by mawnkey View Post

How would they do with my current choice in reciever? Is it powerfull enough for them?
plenty

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Originally Posted by mawnkey View Post

Eek Idk how I feel about the white speakers. It would not fit the current style of my furniture. Do they come in black?
yes but are refurb. and not new and are $300 a pair and not such a bargin in which case i might go for the pioneers or a pair of cambridge audio s-30 bookshelves $220 at audio advisor these are another good value
post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 
I went to best buy and listened to three sets of speakers. I listened to the pioneers previously listed, the polks previously listed, and another brand that was way out of my price range. I was blown away by the polks they sound great! I think I may end up going with them. I'm going to check out the ones you posted
post #18 of 23
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Alright so I was thinking that if I buy the floor standing speakers, a pair of bookshelves for surround, and the center plus the v373 reciever I'd be at 615 but have no sub. Alternativly I can buy the reciever and the pair of bookshelves speakers and have enough money.left.over for the sub iv been drooling over (klipsch rw-12d ) that's on sale for 300 on newegg. Sigh decisions decisions. Another thing iv realized is that I'm going to have to either get ceiling mounts for my rear two speakers or stands since wall mounting will not work do to a long window directly behind the main viewing couch.
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
I would use stands if I went with option 1 for the surround speakers. Suggestions on the stands?
post #20 of 23
That's awesome that you found some speakers you like.

The Polk Monitor series at Newegg is considered to be almost indistinguishable in sound from the TSi series. So definitely compare prices before you buy smile.gif
post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 
Just checked and it looks like the TSi series is currently cheaper. Just have to figure out what im going to so in terms of a stand
post #22 of 23
Just looked at the links you posted. By the time you spend $40 to $50 on stands, it would make more sense to get the TSI300 for the difference in price. It is a better speaker than the TSi100. It's essentially a TSi200 with a stand built in smile.gif
post #23 of 23
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately I can't the gf is on me with my price limit, I'm going to get the stands later or possible just build ones out of wood for now. We decided to get all the speakers for now and get the sub later. And by we I mean she LOL. Regardless im happy smile.gif now to get some wires, what should I look for in terms of wires? The lengths should not be longer than 25ft
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