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Hey Guys -

I posted this in the amps and recievers forums, and was told to ask here


I currently own some logitech Z-5500 5.1 speaker set (thx certified)...They have great voice clarity on singers voices, but distortion if played higher...


What kind of speakers sound better for music...loudspeakers or home theater speakers...


can someone reccomend some very good home theater speakers (thx certified for music) or loudspeakers (thx certified) that I could essentially hook up to my computer directly...im not looking for some ganster wannabe thumping, but something music worthy you know... hehehe


I was looking at the sierra 1 bookshelve speakers as well... Im not sure what would sound better for music, loudspeakers or home theater speakers???im confused...


I have a $2000 budget right now, and if I wait till September, Ill have $3000...I like the laogitechs because the sound clarity of the singers voice is wonderful, but at mid to high volume sound distorts...

But with home theater speakers I could use for movies as well, so see what im confused about... Will home theater speakers give the same kind of music clarity than loudspeakers...

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I suggest that you take a different tack. With your budget, you can afford to buy real speakers, not computer speakers. (There are high quality self-powered speakers but they remain beyond your budget.)


1. There no difference between loudspeakers and home theater speakers, just labels.

2. There is no fundamental advantage to THX certification. It is an assurance that the speakers meet certain criteria but many (but not all) speakers will meet these criteria yet are not THX-certified because the manufacturer does not want to bother and/or pay for the certification.

3. You can/should buy a decent AVR (Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Yamaha, Pioneer, etc) and 5 high quality loudspeakers (Paradigm, PSB, Polk, Axiom, Revel, B&W, Aperion, etc.) along with a sub-woofer from a subwoofer specialist (SVS, Velodyne, etc.).
 

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thanks Cal -


yeah I was thinking of not bothering with computer speakers (regarding logietech z5500) due to the fact computer speakers are built for gaming...


Do you have any suggestions for very good home theater systems speciafically...


Theres monster 200 series, sierra 1's, Aperion Intimus 4T Hybrid SD, Intimus 5B Harmony S, etc... Its hard shopping for great movie speakers & music playback all in one package...mostly worried about the music playback... I really cant go to my local speaker store, due to this being a small town and im 300 miles away from the closest "good" speaker store...


im assuming im looking for high fidelity speakers if im interested in music playback for great clarity, and crisp noises?right


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You have a similar budget to mine and I'll be starting a thread for myself soon to get opinions on some options but here are some suggestions based on my research:


I don't know how big your room is, but if you were using the Z5500's, I'll assume it isn't huge. Here are some suggestions that would be within your budget even after buying a receiver:


Fronts: Paradigm Mini Monitors or Titan Monitors (If you want floor standers, look at the Monitor 9's or 11's).

Center: Paradigm CC290 or CC390

Rears: Paradigm Mini Monitors or Paradigm Atom Monitors

Sub: something from SVS or a Paradigm DSP 3100/3200/3400.

Receiver: Onkyo 876 (good power, feature rich, and scales video to 1080p using the Reon processor). Another good bang for the buck receiver is the Denon 3808.


Paradigm is well known for making speakers that perform well above their price category.


Another option would be getting something like the SVS SBS-01 speaker package. Similar idea to the Logitech Z5500's (small, powerful speakers) but they will absolutely blow the doors off the logitech and are in a completely different league. For receiver options see my recommendations above.


Anyways I am trying to put together a system for a very small room right now and have been looking at options like this as they seem to be getting outstanding praise. The Paradigms will be better for music, both will be great for HT.


Hope that helps a bit,


Mark
 

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Originally Posted by monstosity12 /forum/post/17026827


thanks Cal -


yeah I was thinking of not bothering with computer speakers (regarding logietech z5500) due to the fact computer speakers are built for gaming...


Do you have any suggestions for very good home theater systems speciafically...


Theres monster 200 series, sierra 1's, Aperion Intimus 4T Hybrid SD, Intimus 5B Harmony S, etc... Its hard shopping for great movie speakers & music playback all in one package...mostly worried about the music playback... I really cant go to my local speaker store, due to this being a small town and im 300 miles away from the closest "good" speaker store...


im assuming im looking for high fidelity speakers if im interested in music playback for great clarity, and crisp noises?right


thanks cal

I am unfamiliar with all of the speakers you mention so I cannot comment but Mark's suggestions seem good. There are comparable packages from the other brands I mentioned. Buying without listening is always treacherous but I understand your issues.


Kal (not cal)
 

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Thanks everyone & Kal (?
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I suppose Ill go with teh pardgim speakers...


I just got myself A denon DVD-3800BDCI: Blu-ray™ Disc DVD/CD Player...Which is supposed to be the best blu ray player...



They said this is a old model and being discountinued... Any news on the new model of the same type??? Can you point me in the right website... thanks guys... Im new this speaker purchasing, but ever since blu rays came out with that great audioHD sound, I couldnt resist...


Now I just need a great HDTV to replace my 2007 samsung LCD HDTV



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Hey afrogt -


I was just curoius to know what the comparison's of the 2008 models (the one I got) and the newer 2009 models of blu ray movies... I suppose the only thing thats changed is the internet hook ups???


Now I just have to order the speakers. All speakers should have a 30 in home trials...hehehe this would be so much easier...


Since this blu ray/cd player has a burr brown audio decoder, I dont need a reciever that will decode the music as well, right... Or do i still need a good reciever???
 

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Now I just have to order the speakers. All speakers should have a 30 in home trials...hehehe this would be so much easier...

The internet-direct brands do offer that.

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Since this blu ray/cd player has a burr brown audio decoder, I dont need a reciever that will decode the music as well, right... Or do i still need a good reciever???

Yes, you need a receiver because using the analog outputs will severely restrict what the AVR can do with the signals.

Most importantly, it will prevent you from using the room EQ (Audyssey in Denon and Onkyo AVRs).
 
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