Originally Posted by Rblitz74
.... I would be streaming music from services like Spotify so I assume I'd need Bluetooth. I have that.
Well you have a computer and an Internet connection, and that implies you have a Network Router. If you are going to spend a significant amount of money, then you want Network Streaming
, which is not going to be a problem
What I do NOT need or want is a "home theater" setup....
I, and many others feel the same, Movies on my Stereo system sound fine ... better than fine. My Stereo system has no trouble bring both the Thunder and the Lightning
to movie sound tracks.
I've been looking and I realize I'm a dinosaur
Welcome to the club. Many of use are approaching extinction.
I'd rather buy something NEW and decent, not a cheapo set up but NO, not the top of the line, like each speaker is $2000. Not a used vintage setup. Is there such a place?
I'm confused by this, when you say $2000 is that an example of top of the line,
or is that an indication of how much you are willing to spend?
...Dinosaur from the 70s.
We need some information -
- What are the dimensions of the Room the system will be placed in?
If you are trying to put giant PA speakers into a small bedroom, that's not going to work so well. Within limits, we want to match the speakers to the room.
- Give us a Full Working Budget for a full system?
This is important, with an implied budget, you are going to get responses all over the place. But give us a Working Budget or Budget Range, and we can focus on product that fit that range.
- Give us a list of the equipment that you want in this system?
I'm guessing Network Streaming, DAC, Amp/Receiver,
But you have to give us the list.
- Think about the features you might want or need?
You imply this will be primarily a Music Streaming and TV/Movies system. To some extent, describe how you will use the system and we can work out most of the necessary features. But again, better for you to say, to the extent that you can, than to leave us to guess.
Next technology and speakers have changed. The Big Box Old-School speakers are still made but they are very rare today. Back in the day when I was young and dinosaurs roamed the earth, a 12" bass driver was pretty much standard, with 10" being on the small side, and 15" being on the large size. Today most Tower or Floorstanding speaker are multiple 6.5" bass driver with a few having 2x8" bass drivers, and the very rare exception being a very few speaker that have 2x10".
And in light of the speaker and driver size, do you want speakers that sound good ... or do you want speakers that simply sound loud?
Today, you can get very nice amps, Amps/Receivers with built in DACs (digital to analog converts) are relatively common and become more common everyday. Network Streaming
is also very easy today. There are Amps/Receiver with this feature built in, and adding the feature externally can run as low as $35 or commonly as high as $1500. So, there are options in that area too.
Next, you quoted prices in DOLLARS, but you didn't specify where you are - USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, other?
I think we will assume, for the moment, you are in the USA.
Given what you said, these might be considerations for speakers - using USA links -
Klipsch 2x10" RF-7-III - $1800 each - Black, Cherry, Walnut -
Also the Klipsch Forte-III ($1800 each, 12" 3-way with 15" passive ),
I have a good Video Review on these, and will post a link -
just introduced some new Old-School Monkey Coffin speakers, don't expect them to be cheap though -
These are my particular favorites -
JBL 4429, 1x12", Horn Mid/High - US$5,000/pair -
These probably run a close second -
JBL 4319 Bookshelf Speakers - 1x12", Cone Midrange, Horn Tweeter - US$4,000/pr -
The Music Direct
website seems a bit unresponsive at the moment, but I expect that to be temporary. Also, calling these "bookshelf'
speakers is laughable. There isn't a bookshelf made that can hold these speakers. That means you will probably have to have some stands built to support them.
But before we jump into recommendations, we need answers to the questions listed above. Budget? Equipment? Room? Etc...?
And if you have Absolute PILES of Money laying around, then ATC i
s worth considering, but they are more rare and really do require PILES and PILES of Money.
Answer the questions listed, and we will take it from there.