Originally Posted by Landmonster
I don't blame you.
However, I have never looked at any audio system costing $100k or more, and I will probably never consider one costing that much (unless somehow I become massively wealthy, where that is pocketchange for me)
In 2002, I thought "high-end" meant NHT 3.3 speakers which retailed for $4,000 a pair, but supposedly could challenge speakers costing upto 4x the price. I don't know if that's true, but I've always favored value over elitism.
My top-end budget for a whole system is probably $10k-20k (of retail value), but I'd like to pay less than that by finding used equipment, or buying them on sale. I'd like to achieve whatever the best sound that price range is capable of. I'd like to believe (hope) that is very impressive, and that beyond such a point lies truly diminishing returns.
Am I delusional here?
Let's just add this up quickly, for MSRP:
- Polk M707 pair $4000
- Polk M703 pair $1500
- Polk M706c $1000
- Top quality sub $1500
- Denon AVR $1500
- Emotiva power amp $1500
- quality Bluray/media $500
The total here is only $11,500. For a nice 5.1 system with extra amp. Is this "garbage" compared to something truly high end?
Floyd Toole opined that a pair of tower speakers in the price range you describe is where diminishing returns starts to set in; in other words big gains up to about your price point and far smaller ones thereafter.
My current 5.1 is about 10 years old and the MSRP were around $2000 for the front three, $4500 for the sub, $500 for the AVR, $500 for the rears and maybe $250 for the BluRay player so around $8000.
I think I could replicate similar quality for half that today.
But I have no desire to "upgrade" despite having more than enough money to do so.
The AVR will fail at some point and the new one will likely have far better in room EQ.
The sub amp will likely fail again at some point but I'll just get it repaired again unless servo system parts become unavailable and then I'd just replace that single sealed 15" DD15 sub with two 12" Rhythmiks for around $2000 or so.
Here are well regarded boutique manufacturers to look at if one is in your area to swing by and listen to what they have to offer.
ACCESSORIES 4 LESS*** NEAR ORLANDO FLORIDA
APERION* NEAR PORTLAND OREGON
ASCEND** NEAR LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA
CHANE TAMPA FLORIDA
CRUTCHFIELD*** CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA
DEEP SEA SOUND SUBS NEAR KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE
DIYSOUND GROUP CINCINNATI OHIO
EMOTIVA NEAR NASHVILLE TENNESSEE
HSU NEAR LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA
HTD* NEAR DALLAS TEXAS
JTR NEAR MILWAUKEE WISCONSIN
NHT NEAR SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA
OHM BROOKLYN NEW YORK
PSA NEAR YOUNGSTOWN OHIO
RBH NEAR SALT LAKE CITY UTAH
RHYTHMIK SUBS NEAR AUSTIN TEXAS
RSL* NEAR LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA
SALK AUDIO PONTIAC MICHIGAN
SEATON SOUND NEAR CHICAGO ILLINOIS
SELAH AUDIO NEAR RALEIGH NORTH CAROLINA
SVS* YOUNGSTOWN OHIO
TEKTON NEAR PROVO UTAH
TRIAD PORTLAND OREGON
TYLER ACOUSTICS NEAR LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY
WORLDWIDE STEREO*** NEAR PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA
AXIOM NEAR TORONTO CANADA
FLUANCE NEAR TORONTO CANADA
FUNK AUDIO NEAR VANCOUVER CANADA
PARADIGM NEAR TORONTO CANADA
PSB NEAR TORONTO CANADA
TOTEM NEAR MONTREAL CANADA
* free return shipping
**Ascend also carries Rhythmik subwoofers on site
***retail outlet of many brands