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I'm new here and would like to get a decent sound system to start building a small home theater. I have little experience in audio but I would like to start learning what I need to to be able to make good choices and upgrade it in the future.

Any help or links to useful information is much appreciated!!
post #2 of 8
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I suppose I need to elaborate more as my post was pretty archaic. I'd like some resources on sound systems so I can learn more about how they work along with some advice for a decent system that isn't too expensive. I'd really start to learn about home theater stuff and I'd prefer to start with sound systems. Anything from even the most low level stuff like cables and processing up whole systems working together like a theater-in-a-box. I'd like to learn about it all.

If anyone can help I'd really appreciate it.
post #3 of 8
Wish I could help you, but I don't know of any good resources online that are aimed at true beginners. (And most of what's online is aimed at selling you stuff—including a lot of stuff you probably don't need.)

I'm sure there's a Home Theater for Dummies book, and similar titles. As long as the author isn't named Harley, they'd probably be a good place to start.
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I'm not too scared of things not meant for beginners in all honesty. It's how I learned computers too. I find it easier to learn if I have a starting point with terms specific to the field. That way even if I come across something that explains something I have no clue what it means I have terms and concepts to look for so I can come back and understand it after a bit more learning. Either way, how are the "for dummies" books anyway? I've never read one before...
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Originally Posted by sparky8251 View Post

I'm new here and would like to get a decent sound system to start building a small home theater. I have little experience in audio but I would like to start learning what I need to to be able to make good choices and upgrade it in the future.

Any help or links to useful information is much appreciated!!

There is a current thread about building a $800 system. Adding $200 of upgrades is less work than designing a system from scratch.

Here are some recommendations from that thread...


http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS22-LR-Designed-Bookshelf-Loudspeakers/dp/B008NCD2LG

or

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS41-LR-Watt-2-Way-Speakers/dp/B0045US6DE/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-C22-Designed-Channel-Speaker/dp/B008NCD2EI

and a larger subwoofer as a bonus:

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M

Surrounds don't have to be matched.

And check out your (upgraded) AVR purchase opportunities here, the operative word being: Refurbished

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/category/AVReceiver/Home-Audio/Home-Theater-Receivers/1.html
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Thanks for the link to those refurbed receivers arnyk, that'll be useful in the future. I also read through the thread you mentioned but either I missed it or I don't know enough about sound systems yet because it seemed more like someone came in with knowledge and something mostly set looking for feedback which he is getting. It's no doubt useful to look at the recommendations it's just I don't get the differences. Still, I'm wondering what the differences are between different speakers and receivers. I suppose all of this is my fault, I wasn't very clear in my OP. This is something I plan to buy but right now I'm far from having the money saved up and that's why, for now anyway, I'd prefer knowledge since I have the distinct feeling a lot of these things wont be easily buyable when I finally get around to buying my setup and I'd like to be able to choose new parts well. Any help for that?
post #7 of 8
Sparky, pick up a copy of Toole's book on acoustics. Newb freindly and accessible, but detailed and full of practical tips. Speakers are the most important component choice you'll make.
post #8 of 8
I would suggest auditioning Polk speakers - they are very good at their price point and there is actually a chance that you can find a local store that has them. If looking to buy on-line, some places to look - Crutchfield.com (they also have some tutorials on setting up systems), Amazon, Newegg.com, or anywhere you can find that has clearance deals on previous generation speakers and Denon / Onkyo AVRs.
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