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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
So I current have a 300 budget and I want to get new 5.1 speaker setup. I think I am not going to get the greatest sound for this budget. So my question is, should I just slowly buy my speakers or should I settle for something for 300? Thanks
post #2 of 18

I would never settle.

 

Go out & give a listen.  If you hear something you love that cost say, $1,000.....  start saving.

 

I did this back in 1979 and bought a pair of speakers as I was headng off to college.  Today, over 34 years later, these same speakers are setup and playing in my basement.  If you divide the cost (of which I forget) by 34 years, it's been a very inexpensive pair of speakers to own.

 

contrast that with buy speaker 'A' today and sell them later when you upgrade.  If you sell them, you'll probably not get much for them (difference might be less if you can buy them used!)

 

That's just what works for my way of thinking.  I'm sure others will think the opposite and have just as good of reasons to validate their thinking.

 

In the end, it's whatever works for you and your budget.

post #3 of 18
What is your current system? Are upgrading or starting from 0?
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
My receiver is onkyo tx-nr414. I have 5 crappy old rca speakers and no sub
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by jrock2004 View Post

My receiver is onkyo tx-nr414. I have 5 crappy old rca speakers and no sub

If your budget can't extend beyond $300, I would get Pioneer SP-C22 $100 (center), BS-22 $100/pair (for you Mains) , keep your old crappy rca for surround RL and Yamaha YST-SW012 $90 or Polk PSW10 $108 for sub. Unless someone has a better idea.
post #6 of 18
You could go with the Pioneer set recommended above or you could go with a less expensive Polk set (TSi100 bookshelf +CS10 Center) or you could go with the Sony line (SS-B3000 as fronts for $149, B1000 surrounds for $60 and the CN5000 for $99, though the Center speaker is becoming difficult to find)

I have the Sony set, and they sound just fine.
post #7 of 18
how big is your room and how far away do you sit from tv?fwiw, imo it all depends on how serious you are on a system. if you want something that sounds better than your tv speakers your budget can do that but if your a movie videophile and looking for more cinema in your face sound you will need to start saving.the skys the limit. just sit down and make a realistic doable budget and just stay in it.if $300 is all you can afford or really thats all you want to spend there are some nice bargins out there that will give you better sound than your TV's speakers. ( there is no set price for a decent 5.1 system but to get a nice budget system imo $800-$1200 will get more quality sound and build)just my 2 cents
post #8 of 18
My 2 cents would be to keep what you have and add a sub. Either a BIC Acoustech PL-200 or a Klipsch RW-12d. These are the best 2 subs in the $250-$350 price range.

Next step save and replace your speakers. Probably your front 3 first then when you have more money you can replace the surrounds. When you replace just the front 3 speakers you can then put the best RCA speakers as surrounds.
post #9 of 18
Have you tried the used route yet? I have been looking on Craigslist lately for a amp and I have seen all kinds of speakers for sale at diffrent price points.You dont have to buy everything at once, getting a sub first is good advice. As long as you have a working system you can search for deals within your budget and upgrade as you are able.
post #10 of 18
Save up until you can do it right, or do it piecemeal. A sub would be a good start, but realistically would eat up your budget (Klipsch RW-12D). Another option is used. Start looking through Craigslist. Don't try and settle for a complete 5.1 at your price point, you'll be disappointed.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by crn3371 View Post

Save up until you can do it right, or do it piecemeal. A sub would be a good start, but realistically would eat up your budget (Klipsch RW-12D). Another option is used. Start looking through Craigslist. Don't try and settle for a complete 5.1 at your price point, you'll be disappointed.

Not everybody has the budget to purchase "good" (expensive) speakers. Some of us want better sound right now and can afford to spend $xxx but simply can't drop $1000+ or even have a difficult time saving up such because of bills and unforeseen circumstances. So when we get the extra cash, we'll get what we can, when we can, because in a month chances are something is gonna suck that money away.

In any case, the topic creator can purchase Left, Right and Center speakers from an inexpensive line now (Pioneer, Polk, Sony, Infinity, BIC etc) and use his current speakers as surrounds, the buy surrounds from his chosen line later when he's got some extra cash. Then get a subwoofer etc.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by jrock2004 View Post

my question is, should I just slowly buy my speakers or should I settle for something for 300?
$300 is what you can expect to pay for a sub, not a system. Get the sub, replace the rest as you can afford it.
post #13 of 18
You get what you pay for, and 300 dollars gets you just slightly better than what you have. As some have suggested, either get a sub or a front stage that can hit lower than your current sat speakers!
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Elihawk View Post

You get what you pay for, and 300 dollars gets you just slightly better than what you have. As some have suggested, either get a sub or a front stage that can hit lower than your current sat speakers!

in my experience, inexpensive separate bookshelf speakers when properly setup and configured will sound leaps and bounds better than a HTiB with tiny little satellite speakers (lets not even talk about built-in tv speakers). When upgrading from something like that, pretty much anything is an upgrade. Couple the bookshelf speakers with a halfway decent sub and that's usually enough for most of us. Such a system may not be optimal for critical music listening, but for general Home Theater usage like watching movies and playing games with the immersion factor, they usually work just fine.
post #15 of 18
Exactly, which us why I recommend not replacing one htib with another one!
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok so something has come up and the budget has increased to 500 bucks. Does this open the dorr for a better solution?
post #17 of 18
Yes, buy the Pioneer's (the towers are for sale $77 on fry's and Best buy can price match them). If you have space below your TV, use another tower as center speaker or one of their bookshelves and skip the SP-C22 altogether. If you go the bookshelf route, they are sold in pairs, so you'll have an extra one. Keep your RCA's as surrounds. Put the rest of your budget toward the best sub it can buy. Problem solved.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by hdnewbie21 View Post

Yes, buy the Pioneer's (the towers are for sale $77 on fry's and Best buy can price match them). If you have space below your TV, use another tower as center speaker or one of their bookshelves and skip the SP-C22 altogether. If you go the bookshelf route, they are sold in pairs, so you'll have an extra one. Keep your RCA's as surrounds. Put the rest of your budget toward the best sub it can buy. Problem solved.

Pretty much this.

Though it doesn't have to be the pioneers. There are lots of options in that same price range. If you have the capability, shop around and find a set that you like.
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