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Just got a new TV and I'm planning on purchasing a 5.1 system. I've never had a surround sound setup before so if anyone could provide some advice on a 5.1 set of speakers + receiver that is under 600$ I would really appreciate it!


I would primarily be using the setup for movies, and listening to music occasionally. I don't have a blu-ray player yet so a receiver that also plays blu-rays would be a plus.


I've been looking at the Energy Take Classic 5.1 set for 400$. If this is still a good set (know its a few years old), any advice on a decent receiver to pair with it?


Thanks!
 

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I would primarily be using the setup for movies, and listening to music occasionally. I don't have a blu-ray player yet so a receiver that also plays blu-rays would be a plus.

A receiver that plays blu ray? That would be some HTIB combo unit. You don't want to go that route. A standalone blu ray player can be had for $80 or less. You're better off getting one seperately.


Look at this 5.1 speakers set for $329 after applying discount code EMCKBKE22. Larger speakers and sub than the Take Classic system.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882981013


Then spend the remaining $270 on a nice receiver.
 

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For that kind of budget I'd go with an Onkyo Home Theater in box setup. They typically sound better than othe cheaper systems, and will give you a moderately good set of speakers, a decent receiver and a entry level sub for your price range. www.slickdeals.net and search for Onkyo.



If you can spare a bit more money or save a bit longer I'd definately recommend that instead...


I'd strongly recommend these speakers --- check out the reviews 4.9 of 5 stars from over 50 reviewers. I've read nothing but good things about them from every single review I've seen.


Jamo S-606-HCS-3

$400 shipped.
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search


I'd recommend this budget subwoofer for movie use.

BIC F12 - $185 shipped
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1...2861919&sr=8-1


For the receiver - I'd pick up a modern budget Onkyo receiver --- something in whatever price range and feature set you deem worthy. Alternately You can pick up the absolutely stellar Onkyo TX-SR805 used now for about $350 on ebay.
 

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I'm actually moving in a month and haven't picked a place yet so I'm not sure how much room I'll have, that's why I initially opted for the smaller energy set... but after you're suggestions I'm sold on some floor standings, they're damn sexy



I plan on moving into a house so I should have a decent sized living room. Were you just wondering if I had space for floor standing speakers?
 

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The Onkyo/Jamo setup would be really hard to beat.

+1, all you would need is a sub and that receiver gives you a good choice to upgrade.

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If you can spare a bit more money or save a bit longer I'd definately recommend that instead...


I'd strongly recommend these speakers --- check out the reviews 4.9 of 5 stars from over 50 reviewers. I've read nothing but good things about them from every single review I've seen.


Jamo S-606-HCS-3

$400 shipped.
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search


I'd recommend this budget subwoofer for movie use.

BIC F12 - $185 shipped
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1...2861919&sr=8-1


For the receiver - I'd pick up a modern budget Onkyo receiver --- something in whatever price range and feature set you deem worthy. Alternately You can pick up the absolutely stellar Onkyo TX-SR805 used now for about $350 on ebay.

I completely agree with this. Friend just got these for the deal and he's really happy. I listened to them yesterday, we put Tron Legacy on, and I'm really surprised. They're lacking a sub still but the low end bass is still pretty impressive from the built-in ones. For the receiver, you can get the Onkyo TX-SR309 for just under $200 http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...onkyo-tx-sr309
 

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Or if you can have floorstanding speakers get this Onkyo/Jamo setup for $419 and a subwoofer.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...323&CatId=4586

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1...2862158&sr=8-1


By the way how big is your room? That info is always helpful.

man that deal is pretty unbelievable!


$500 speakers

$350 AVR

combo price $419???



Though it doesn't appear the Jamo speakers bundled in the tiger direct deal are as good as the Jamo set on sale at Vanns!
 

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man that deal is pretty unbelievable!


$500 speakers

$350 AVR

combo price $419???



Though it doesn't appear the Jamo speakers bundled in the tiger direct deal are as good as the Jamo set on sale at Vanns!

They might not be as nice as the speakers at Vann's, but I think you will be hard pressed to find something better than that combo deal (new anyway) in your price point.
 

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Hi ya'll,


So after everyone's suggestions (and finally moving in) I decided I'm going to go with the Jamo S606HC S3



My question is what receiver to pair with it - any suggestions? I'd prefer not to spend over 350$.


Thanks for all the help!
 

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Hi ya'll,


So after everyone's suggestions (and finally moving in) I decided I'm going to go with the Jamo S606HC S3



My question is what receiver to pair with it - any suggestions? I'd prefer not to spend over 350$.


Thanks for all the help!

Maybe a Denon 1611?
 

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If you want to keep your cost down on the receiver (or get more bang for your buck), MacMall has been advertising good prices on refurbished Denons . Then accessories4less carries refurbished Onkyo and Marantz . Accessories4less is an authorized dealer and has factory one year warranties with their models. Not sure about MacMall.
 

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Pioneer andrew jones series: center, bs41 fronts and surrounds = ~280


Pioneer 820 reciever: ~200


Bic Pl 200 sub: ~280


You could save 100 and go with the Bic f12 but I went with the PL 200.


This setup rocks to the fullest. ITs clear up to the max volumes. I actually cant play it that loud even though I now live in a house. IT sounds like there is a rock concert in the neighborhood!


I would venture a wager that the pioneers beat the jamos and you cant get clearer/better sound that what I got from this setup and its in your range. I recomend!
 

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The jamos are a 6 ohm impedance while the yamaha receiver is listed at a "rated" 8 ohm - is that an issue? My electronics knowledge is pretty basic, sorry!
 

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The jamos are a 6 ohm impedance while the yamaha receiver is listed at a "rated" 8 ohm - is that an issue? My electronics knowledge is pretty basic, sorry!

The Yamaha can be set for 6 ohms - no problem.
 

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Awesome, thanks for the help! I guess it would've been pretty sad if a decent receiver form yamaha couldn't compensate for that
 
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