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I am all new to the home theater system world and learned a lot over the past week. I am wanting to get something that sounds much better than my tv speakers while trying to keep my cost down. In other words, I don't need great, but I don't want junk either.

I want to hear decent sounds without pos and crackles. However, I think I created a dilemma, but need you to tell me if I did...

 

Scenario: I just purchased a Denon e-300 receiver. Also purchased a BIC DV-62CLRS Center because of its reviews. I still need front & rear speakers as well as a sub. Keep in mind I want NEW speakers that are 12" or less in height. I also don't want to put more than $200 into front/rear/sub combo. Thought I had the cat by the tail and was trying to decide between the the Sony b-1000 or Dayton B652 bookshelf speakers when someone suggested that I couldn't/shouldn't mix brands. They said I should stay with BIC fronts since I already have a BIC center. Is that true? If so, I am screwed because the BIC center has already been shipped and my only option for new BIC bookshelf speakers are the DV-62's which are too big for where I want to put them. So, I am leaning on you for advice. What would you do:

 

a) Keep the Bic Center and buy either the Sony or Dayton Book Shelf speakers. It's okay, you won't really notice a difference between brands.

 

b) Keep the Bic DV-62 Center and buy the BIC DV-32B compact speakers. (Concern: Can I mix the 62 and 32 series?)

 

c) Return the BIC DV-62 Center and buy a Dayton Audio Package: http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-htp-3-51-home-theater-package-12-powered-subwoofer--300-696

 

d) Return the BIC DV-62CLRS center and buy the Polk Audio package: http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-RM705-Theater-System/dp/B000WGJX5A/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1386197254&sr=1-3&keywords=5.1+speakers

 

e) None of the above
 

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fwiw, Imo,i would send the bic center back and put that money with the rest of $200 budget and start out with a quality pair of bookshelf speakers to start and slowly build yourself a nice system as funds are available. this will give you a great foundation to start. way better than any of the choices you listed.in the long run this will save you a lot of money upgrading every year or less. yes its true that the front lcr should be from the same manuf. models for the best quality timbre. the rears and sub do not need to match. just another option to look at.
 
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Originally Posted by 10ring  /t/1503651/need-advice-speaker-system-for-5-1-home-theater#post_24032477


So, I am leaning on you for advice. What would you do:

If I had to choose from your list, it would be BIC - however, not them little Bics.


You can look at these for now to hold you over - Bic Venturi 52

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-PAIR-OF-BIC-B-I-C-AMERICA-SHELF-SPEAKERS-V52-VENTURI-MADE-IN-USA-/131047174484

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BIC-VENTURI-V-52-VINTAGE-BOOKSHELF-SPEAKERS-/291028181820?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item43c2a1a33c
 

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I prefer to buy new, but the 62's are too tall. I like the looks of the 52's, but worry about them being used. What is the genral consensus about buying used speakers via ebay? Am I more apt to get a pair that doesn't work well? Or do most people simply sell them so they can upgrade?
 

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Originally Posted by 10ring  /t/1503651/need-advice-speaker-system-for-5-1-home-theater#post_24033246


I prefer to buy new, but the 62's are too tall. I like the looks of the 52's, but worry about them being used. What is the genral consensus about buying used speakers via ebay? Am I more apt to get a pair that doesn't work well? Or do most people simply sell them so they can upgrade?

I have bought several speakers from Ebay with no problem - plus the sellars have a reputation

to look out for. Some people sell due to upgrade, some sell from products bought at estates.

Some buy from others, and then resell etc; As in all things, even buying brand new, there can

be risks. Your call.
 

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Another question... If I dump BIC altogether, what brand would you suggest I go with on a $300 budget? Is there anything out there that will give decent sound for that price. Remeber, my fronts have to be 12" tall or less. Will need f/c/r/sub. My room is 14x18
 

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Another question... If I dump BIC altogether, what brand would you suggest I go with on a $300 budget? Is there anything out there that will give decent sound for that price. Remeber, my fronts have to be 12" tall or less. Will need f/c/r/sub

My favorite budget friendly speaker is Cambridge - if you can stretch for 20 dollars more


The S30 bookshelf - 9" tall
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/CAMBS30OAK/CAMBRIDGE-AUDIO-S30-4-2-way-Bookshelf-Speakers-Pair-Dark-Oak/1.html


The S50 center
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/CAMBS50OAK/CAMBRIDGE-AUDIO-S50-4-3-Way-Center-Channel-Speaker-Dark-Oak/1.html


Save for a subwoofer - the Cambridge has nice bass down to 60 hz.


If someone gives you some Christmas money - then Mordaunt Short
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/MORDCARN9BLK/MORDAUNT-SHORT-Carnival-9-10-100w-Powered-Subwoofer-Black/1.html


Other than this - you are looking at a smaller sub/sat system
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/BOSMCS150BA/BOSTON-ACOUSTICS-Horizon-MCS150-5.1-System-w/10-150w-Sub-Black-NEW/1.html
 

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Sorry for being all over the map here, but I am just thinking as I go along. I kinda like the looks of the Sony SS-B1000 speakers. They get good reviews and are affordable. If I should want to go that route, what Center Channel would be compatable with them?
 

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Sorry for being all over the map here, but I am just thinking as I go along. I kinda like the looks of the Sony SS-B1000 speakers. They get good reviews and are affordable. If I should want to go that route, what Center Channel would be compatable with them?
If you are looking at Amazon or CNET - almost all speakers get good reviews.


The Sony is weak and thin and bright sounding, with little bass - not much detail at all. The Boston

sub/sat system is a better choice over the Sony.


There Sony SS-CN5000 is the Center Channel Speaker - if you can find it.


Your call - have fun
 

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I pulled the trigger on the BIC DV-62si's. They will be a good match for the center I ordered. They have great reviews. Lots of people on forums have suggested them. I like the looks of them. The only thing is their size. I don't know how I can/will arrange the room for them to work, but I guess I will figure something out. Probably won't be the ultimate layout, but I guess anything is better than what I have now (tv speakers). Thanks for your help.
 

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Good move. Those DV-62si's are a serious bang for buck. Love mine. The clarity is great and they are a perfect match for your center. As far as being too big, I don't know your situation but I have mine wall mounted similar to the pic below.

 
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