Originally Posted by OriginalWhitey
I'd prefer new, I just don't trust used electronics unless I can check them out personally first. I could dump the 7.1 and go 5.1 for now and just run the wires for future updates to free up money for better speakers.
Nothing is set in stone so if building a sub would be worth the expense I'd consider it
So you sound a lot like me when I first started getting interested in finally having a decent home theater setup. I had a $1k budget and I stayed under it and I thoroughly enjoyed my setup. I bought a used 5.1 and a receiver from A4L. My subwoofer was garbage but it was free, so I knew it was the first thing I wanted to upgrade when I had a bit more disposable income set aside.
Anyway my point is I want to make sure you understand WHY we are telling you to buy used or take smaller steps into your completed setup. $1k isnt enough to get a SOLID system NEW. Yeah you can buy A system but you are making tradeoffs that just arent worth it. If you want to stay under $1k then just buy a reciever and the Monoprice Premium 5.1
and be done with it. I have a friend who has no interest in having a better setup and LOVES that thing. He knows its not the best but he doesnt have the interest to spend more or listen at a higher volume where his speakers struggle. He also doesn't care for the low frequency that a subwoofer provides. I constantly tell him he is broken
, but I wanted to bring this up because most of us will try to convince you that it IS worth spending more, me included.
Now, with all of that being said, and
With all of that out there, I would strongly suggest buying a GOOD 2.1 or 3.0 or 3.1 with receiver, whichever you can afford. As time goes on, adding the remaining speakers. A GOOD 2.1 will sound substantially better than a cheap 7.1 or 11.1 or whatever... The point is you will not regret buying better speakers and waiting to have a better system, but you might regret buying cheaper then upgrading soon when you realize you want a better setup quickly thereafter.
Now with that being said I also have a strong aversion to USED electronics... It just feels like you are buying junk and it had already been beat up etc... What I will tell you is that good components are different. You are NOT buying some junk laptop which has planned obsolescence, you are buying quality speakers and a receiver. You can get BOTH with warranties, even used. I saved a LOT of money, and effectively doubled my speaker budget by buying used from a member here and I couldn't be happier with my decision (or the speakers) AND I have warranties on everything!
I have purchased from Accessories4Less a few times, as have all my friends (and PLENTY of forum memebers) so I would STRONGLY suggest buying a receiver from there. They already include a 1 year warranty, and most credit cards offer a second year warranty for free, so check into that to help put your mind at ease. They sell refurbished receivers and I have probably used mine for 4-8hrs a day on average for the last 3 years or so, with no issues. My buddy bought a receiver from them and had something go out, had it warrantied for free and had his receiver back in a week or so.
Also, I think by you skipping a GOOD subwoofer you are doing a HUGE disservice to yourself as I think the subwoofer is THE most important part of the home theater experience.
Long story short:
Are you okay buying 3 speakers and a receiver now, then in a few months buying a subwoofer (or pair, as two is better!) THEN after buying 2/4 more surrounds? You can piece it together over time to help with the fiscal pain
If it were me and I had $1k to spend I would buy a Denon 1300 receiver from A4L
as it is the best bang for the buck in my opinion and then whatever 3.0 I could afford from DIYsoundGroup OR wait and buy used on the forums classifieds. Next, I would build a pair of VBSS subwoofers per the suggestion above (which I am actually doing this week
now that I have a better table saw fence). THEN when funds allow I would buy or build the 2 or 4 remaining surrounds. The surrounds are much less critical than the 3.1 (the front three speakers and the subwoofer, in case you are unaware of that terminology).