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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
This is a completely new realm for me with home audio. I'm looking for a 2.1 system like the Harman Kardon HKTS 200 or a soundbar.

Viewing distance is about 10 ft and 18 ft ceiling. I'm not really looking to break the bank and just want a simple system that is an improvement over the tv speakers.

Would mostly be used for sports, some movies, regular tv, and gaming.

What are your thought on the Harman Kardon HKTS 200?
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by MRayS View Post

This is a completely new realm for me with home audio. I'm looking for a 2.1 system like the Harman Kardon HKTS 200 or a soundbar.

Viewing distance is about 10 ft and 18 ft ceiling. I'm not really looking to break the bank and just want a simple system that is an improvement over the tv speakers.

Would mostly be used for sports, some movies, regular tv, and gaming.

What are your thought on the Harman Kardon HKTS 200?

Either would sound OK. Better than your TV speakers. But nothing too impressive.

How much can you spend?
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'd like to keep it under $1000. I was leaning towards the Harman Kardon HKTS 200 just because I can always add speakers down the road with the receiver.

I don't know, soundbars seem really expensive to me for a decent one.
post #4 of 15
If you have a $1000 budget, you can do a LOT better than that. Soundbars are a very poor alternative.

Get the Harman-Kardon 3490 receiver for $400, which is a STEAL at its price, and a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers for $350.

You will be amazed at how great that sounds.

If you want a receiver that has more than two channels, get the Harman-Kardon 1700 instead.

For less than $1000 you can get the 1700 receiver, the 10.1 speakers, and the matching 10CS center speaker.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

If you have a $1000 budget, you can do a LOT better than that. Soundbars are a very poor alternative.

Get the Harman-Kardon 3490 receiver for $400, which is a STEAL at its price, and a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers for $350.

You will be amazed at how great that sounds.

If you want a receiver that has more than two channels, get the Harman-Kardon 1700 instead.

For less than $1000 you can get the 1700 receiver, the 10.1 speakers, and the matching 10CS center speaker.

This would be a great setup. I have the Diamond 10.2's and they're great.

This would destroy any soundbar or the mentioned HKTS 200.
post #6 of 15
But, if you ever decide to add a center channel speaker or surrounds you'll have to throw the HK 3490 out. Look into AVR receivers. The HK mentioned is one of many. Once you've made speaker choice take the balance and apply it to a receiver. then start saving for subwoofer, surround speakers, interconnects, room correction... wink.gif
post #7 of 15
You could get this receiver and have $700 left to spend on a pair of speakers and matching center.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies and advice. Definitely intrigued by the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 and will look into this.

Did a quick google search on the speakers and not finding too many retailers. Whats a reputable retailer that sells them?
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by MRayS View Post

Thanks for all the replies and advice. Definitely intrigued by the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 and will look into this.

Did a quick google search on the speakers and not finding too many retailers. Whats a reputable retailer that sells them?
music direct is an authorized wharfedale dealer
fwiw, with a$1000 budget I would focus on whats more important, the speakers and sub and less on the electronics my recommendation would be pair of kef q300's$500 at accessories4less a klipsch rw-12d sub $300 at newegg when on sale (usually once a month)denon avr 1613 $220 at accessories4less
Edited by smasher50 - 5/13/13 at 6:13pm
post #10 of 15
You can get the Harman-Kardon 1700 receiver for around $350 at Amazon.

Music Direct sells the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers for $350 per pair.

The Klipsch RW12D subwoofer should cost you around $300 from Amazon.

That would be my starter system recommendation.
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post #12 of 15
Kind of bizarre the HK AVR 1700 only gets 2.5 stars from Hometheater Mag but yet Commsysman recommends it. At the same time, calling many 5 star rated sound quality receivers as junk or not that great. Isn't that kind of backwards?
post #13 of 15
Yeah I don't know why it needs to be an HK receiver. I would still suggest the Denon 1912 or 1613 as Smasher50 mentioned. Then go with either Kef Q500's, Wharfedale Diamond 10.2's, Focal Chorus 706V's, Ascend CMT-340's, or go straight for a pair of Wharfedale 10.4's or Focal Chorus 714V's.

Any of those speakers will dominate any HTIB or soundbar setup, and will give you a great foundation to finish building the rest of the system. Because honestly, once you hear how good it sounds you'll want to complete the system.

Also, I bought my Diamond 10.2's from musicdirect.com. You have a 30 day trial period for any speakers you buy there, so if you don't like them you can return them. My speakers came packaged nice and safe.
post #14 of 15
I just purchased a refurbed denon 1913, to pair with KEF q300's and an SVS sub. All in all I am extremely happy with the sound quality, and their ability to fill the room well (smaller than yours, 10x12 ft). I say stick with a reciever/speakers, over a soundbar strictly because of your ability to "upgrade" later on down the road (you may not think so now, but trust me, you will want too). My reciever and speakers came in at under $1000, and I'm quite confident they would sound better than a bar within the same price range.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by PaytonD View Post

I just purchased a refurbed denon 1913, to pair with KEF q300's and an SVS sub. All in all I am extremely happy with the sound quality, and their ability to fill the room well (smaller than yours, 10x12 ft). I say stick with a reciever/speakers, over a soundbar strictly because of your ability to "upgrade" later on down the road (you may not think so now, but trust me, you will want too). My reciever and speakers came in at under $1000, and I'm quite confident they would sound better than a bar within the same price range.

That's a great setup. Now you could easily pick up a pair of Kef 700's and matching center, and be set. I'm sure your system sounds infintely better than any soundbar ever could.
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