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post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 

I just got a Yamaha HTR-3063 Home Theater Receiver.

 

What surround speakers do you all recommend?

 

I guess it probably depends on the size of the room?

 

I'll be sitting 10-12 feet away from my TV and I'd guess my living room is 12 by 20 feet maybe.

 

 

Thanks

 

post #2 of 30
Welcome to AVS Forums!

What other speakers do you have or plan on?
post #3 of 30
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Originally Posted by OnePCWhiz View Post

I just got a Yamaha HTR-3063 Home Theater Receiver.

What surround speakers do you all recommend?

I guess it probably depends on the size of the room?

I'll be sitting 10-12 feet away from my TV and I'd guess my living room is 12 by 20 feet maybe.

Focal Aria
2 pair bookshelf - for fronts and surround
http://www.spearitsound.com/product.cgi?group=126&product=7616

Center channel
http://www.spearitsound.com/product.cgi?group=127&product=7619

Power Sound subwoofer
http://www.powersoundaudio.com/products/xv15

All in all, should be under $5,000

Enjoy your system
post #4 of 30
Thread Starter 

$5000 !!??  Wow...

 

I don't even spend that much for a car.

 

 

No, we're talking a few hundred at the most.  

 

 

I'm going by Best Buy to see what they recommend (and then I'll probably search on E-bay for some).

 

 

Thanks!

post #5 of 30
Well after getting back from a unique visit - check back in, for some nice recommendations..
post #6 of 30
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Originally Posted by OnePCWhiz View Post
 

$5000 !!??  Wow...

 

I don't even spend that much for a car.

 

 

No, we're talking a few hundred at the most.  

 

 

I'm going by Best Buy to see what they recommend (and then I'll probably search on E-bay for some).

 

 

Thanks!

 

What advice do you expect when you fail to tell people what your budget is?  For someone with money, recommending something cheap is bad, and for someone who is unwilling to pay much, recommending something really good is bad.  What, exactly, are you willing to spend?  "A few hundred" could be 3 hundred or 9 hundred, and I assure you, the proper advice for those two budgets is not going to be the same, if the person is specific.

post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 

Yeah, it's my fault.. no problem.

 

I should have specified that I can only afford at the very most about $500 (and I'd prefer to spend no more than $200).

 

I realize you get what you pay for, but it's not a huge deal if they're not the best that's available.

 

Thanks :-)

post #8 of 30

One more question, and then I will probably leave it to others to reply, as I have not shopped for speakers in your price range in a long time.

 

Are you wanting a full 5.1 set of speakers, or will you settle for fewer speakers?  

 

The thing to think about before you answer is this:  If you bought just a pair of bookshelf speakers, you could get much higher quality speakers for your budget than if you divide it all up for 5.1 speakers.  I personally would recommend auditioning speakers and noticing the differences for yourself between sets of speakers in your price range, and a pair of speakers in your price range.  If it were me, I would go for quality over quantity, but you may feel differently than I do about such things.

 

Here is an example of a pair of speakers that might be okay:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RTi4-CHERRY-Bookshelf-Speakers-Polk-Audio-NEW-PAIR-/360804038210?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item540198b642

 

Your budget is not high enough to get a full set of those plus subwoofer, but a pair are within your target budget.


Edited by Jack D Ripper - 1/30/14 at 7:46pm
post #9 of 30
If all you are willing to spend is a couple hundred...then a htib-Like system, like the Energy take classic or the mono price version, is about all you are going to get! Good? No... Better than tv speakers? Yes!
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by OnePCWhiz View Post

Yeah, it's my fault.. no problem.

I should have specified that I can only afford at the very most about $500 (and I'd prefer to spend no more than $200).

I realize you get what you pay for, but it's not a huge deal if they're not the best that's available.Thanks :-)

HTD is having a 10% off sale till Feb 2

HTD Level Two
http://www.htd.com/Products/level-two-speakers/Level-TWO-Bookshelf-Speakers

http://www.htd.com/Products/level-two-speakers/Level-TWO-Center-Channel-Speaker

Mordaunt Short sub
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/MORDCARN9BLK/MORDAUNT-SHORT-Carnival-9-10-100w-Powered-Subwoofer-Black/1.html

If that is too much, then knock off the center channel

If you want a surround system - here is another Focal set-up
http://www.spearitsound.com/product.cgi?group=359&product=6645
post #11 of 30
At that price point two other options for a complete 5.1 might be ...
- Pioneer SP-PK22BS set ($450). Big improvement over TV speakers, and the 5.0 speakers are good enough to warrant a sub upgrade later.
- Purchase the 5.0 speakers separately ($350) and get a Dayton Sub-1200 subwoofer ($129), or for a little more the Dayton Sub-1500 ($199).
(Prices are from Amazon.)

Many in the forums consider the Pioneer's to be one of the "go-to" budget speakers, and you can hear them at most Best Buy stores.

There are a couple of worth while speaker upgrades if you decide to expand your budget by $300 or so.

Or, there are some interesting options if you want to start with a 3.1 system (and either add surrounds later, or use some old speakers as surrounds).
post #12 of 30
Thread Starter 

I found my old subwoofer for a set of speakers I got years ago and I'm going to see how they sound (probably will suck).

 

Now I just need to find some 3.5 to RCA cables as this set of speakers is for a PC.

 

Here's a picture I took of the back.

 

post #13 of 30
Thread Starter 

OK here's the back of my receiver.

 

Are these compatible at all?

 


Edited by OnePCWhiz - 1/31/14 at 1:47pm
post #14 of 30
500 is a lot to play with.
2 pairs of polk tsi100 from polk on ebay at $108 each, and a matching cs10 from crutchfield for $130 leaves him $154 for a sub.
post #15 of 30
Thread Starter 

I found a set of Yamaha Speakers on Ebay for $150.

 

I'll have to see if these are any good.

 

YAMAHA NS-P40 5.1 HOME THEATER SPEAKER SYSTEM in GLOSS PIANO BLACK 

post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by OnePCWhiz View Post

I found a set of Yamaha Speakers on Ebay for $150.

I'll have to see if these are any good.

YAMAHA NS-P40 5.1 HOME THEATER SPEAKER SYSTEM in GLOSS PIANO BLACK 



Are you trying to climb up the ladder, or down the ladder?
post #17 of 30
Thread Starter 

I'm trying to scoot the ladder sideways.

post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by OnePCWhiz View Post

Yeah, it's my fault.. no problem.

I should have specified that I can only afford at the very most about $500 (and I'd prefer to spend no more than $200).

I realize you get what you pay for, but it's not a huge deal if they're not the best that's available.

Thanks :-)

Well, then an option for you seems to be - just spend 200 bucks and just get something mediocre.

So - why are you here asking for recommendations?
post #19 of 30
Thread Starter 

I thought there would be a specific model that people recommended that would be in my price range.

 

Obviously I was wrong.

post #20 of 30
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Originally Posted by OnePCWhiz View Post

I thought there would be a specific model that people recommended that would be in my price range.

Obviously I was wrong.

You stated that you could go as high as $500 in post #7
post #21 of 30
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Originally Posted by OnePCWhiz View Post

I thought there would be a specific model that people recommended that would be in my price range.

Obviously I was wrong.

Just get this and be done with it...

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10906&cs_id=1090601&p_id=8247&seq=1&format=2&utm_expid=58369800-11.KFcpHWqASSutMqNPOqaJVg.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.monoprice.com%2FCategory%3Fc_id%3D109%26cp_id%3D10906
post #22 of 30
Thread Starter 

I bought the Yamahas.

post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by OnePCWhiz View Post

I bought the Yamahas.

Umm... Enjoy!
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by OnePCWhiz View Post

I bought the Yamahas.

I think you made a mistake. Those yamahas look like home theater in a box speakers. Of course you'll notice a huge improvement over your TV's speakers. I've had a setup like that and I liked it. But that's nothing compared to the sound you'd get out of entry level "real" speakers. When I say "real" speakers, I'm talking about speakers with woofers that are 5 inches or bigger. Even these best buy speakers that are $50 per pair would be such a huge improvement over that yamaha setup http://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-5-1-4-2-way-bookshelf-speakers-pair/8959098.p?id=1218957873370&skuId=8959098
If you bought them on ebay, that's probably an all sales are final situation, so enjoy what you have - like I said, it's a huge improvement over tv speakers and you get the fun surround effects. But if there's a chance to cancel the sale or return them, consider it. Going as cheap as possible, you could get a $90 polk sub and two sets of those best buy speakers plus one more set to use one for a center for a total of $240 and it would sound so much better than those little yamahas.
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by OnePCWhiz View Post

I bought the Yamahas.

Congratulations!
post #26 of 30
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by upNdown View Post


I think you made a mistake. Those yamahas look like home theater in a box speakers. Of course you'll notice a huge improvement over your TV's speakers. I've had a setup like that and I liked it. But that's nothing compared to the sound you'd get out of entry level "real" speakers. When I say "real" speakers, I'm talking about speakers with woofers that are 5 inches or bigger. Even these best buy speakers that are $50 per pair would be such a huge improvement over that yamaha setup http://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-5-1-4-2-way-bookshelf-speakers-pair/8959098.p?id=1218957873370&skuId=8959098
If you bought them on ebay, that's probably an all sales are final situation, so enjoy what you have - like I said, it's a huge improvement over tv speakers and you get the fun surround effects. But if there's a chance to cancel the sale or return them, consider it. Going as cheap as possible, you could get a $90 polk sub and two sets of those best buy speakers plus one more set to use one for a center for a total of $240 and it would sound so much better than those little yamahas.

Do you have a link for the "Polk sub" you're talking about?

 

Thanks

post #27 of 30
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Originally Posted by OnePCWhiz View Post

Do you have a link for the "Polk sub" you're talking about?

Thanks


this is a lot better than that polk sub...


http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sub-1200-12-120-watt-powered-subwoofer--300-629

or this

http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sub-1000-10-100-watt-powered-subwoofer--300-628


having said that you just bought a $150 system with a "sub" I wouldn't even consider upgrading the sub with that system as it is not worth it.
Edited by mark62 - 2/1/14 at 12:55pm
post #28 of 30
Open box here for 89 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290034R
Amazon has it for 99 right now, but the price fluctuates like crazy - it was $69 in December.

I can't speak to the quality of this sub - people here bash it routinely, but the amazon reviews are good and it has to be better than what's included in that yamaha package.
post #29 of 30
Thread Starter 

Thanks all.

post #30 of 30
Thread Starter 

I'm still working on getting the speakers all set up in the correct places, but I can say this.. It sounds awesome!

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