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Hi All,


I've been reading avs for awhile now, but am still having problems deciding which speakers to get. Everything has been really helpful and has prevented me from just quickly buying something, but it has almost gone the extreme other way.


I watch a lot of movies and tv and listen to music fairly regularly, but not nearly as often.


I need a speaker system to go with my Denon AVR-790 receiver I recently bought. My budget is limited and am hoping to spend $700 or less. I would like to get a full 5.1 surround system. It definitely does not need to be a HTIB but if that is my best option, I am alright getting one. I have been looking all over and reading a ton, but can't quite decide because this will be my first such purchase and I am certainly unaware of all my options and what will fit me best.


I appreciate any advice.
 

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look at energy, polk (bookshelves or rm20 series) perhaps used or open box deftech procinema series, maybe a mirage setup (particularly if you have a badly shaped room with odd seating positions). never heard or seen them but apparently there are some happy emotiva speaker owners here as well.
 

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Pretty good deal on these.
http://www.wwstereo.com/#/ecommerce/..._84__0_0_0_-1/


This would leave you enough money to shop for a nice sub to go with.

hard to get more for your audio dollar than that!

alco check out audio advisor clearance adn demo items--they often have energy, nht, and others there at a pretty good price. advice--make sure you get a decent sub and get as much speaker as you can muster-itl last longer that way before you feel the need to upgrade.
 

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In your price range you may be better off buying a 2.0 or 2.1 system now and adding later. the systems mentioned are OK, but if you really want a killer system you will need to spend more. Speakers that don't hit below 60hz well will struggle with the transition to the sub.


IMO a great 2.0 will sound better than a low cost 5.1. $700 is a lot in real dollars but not much in this hobby. I don't know you, so you may not really care how great it really is. To many a $700 5.1 would suffice.

This system here is a little over your budget but would be a very solid performer.


I would always recommend to build it right the first time. Many jump in fast, and quickly realize they aren't getting what they want. They end up spending more in the long run with "upgraditis". If you can get into the $1,000 to $1,200 range the options really open up.
 

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thanks for the advice everyone. i have been looking at those energy and jamo speakers mentioned. but the problem i really have is that i am not in an area where there are any stores that i can go and listen to them. and it is hard to compare the two by their descriptions.


i'll be sure to let you know what i decide. any other competitors i should be considering?
 

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Those are worse than the Jamo's. Thin on-wall flat panel speakers are a compromise in performance for asthetics. It won't have the bass or full sound you'd get from regular towers.


I'd take that inexpensive Jamo 5.0 package for $380 plus the Energy ESW-V10 sub for $300. That would blow away this Energy flat panel set.


Energy ESW-V10 sub
http://www.wwstereo.com/#/ecommerce/...rs/33/144980//


or another option is to get the Energy C-300 towers, a C-C50 center and the same ESW-V10 sub.

C-300
http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ENC300


C-C50 center
http://www.wwstereo.com/#/ecommerce/..._84__0_0_0_-1/


and even add two C-50 bookshelfs for surrounds
http://www.wwstereo.com/#/ecommerce/..._84__0_0_0_-1/


Those items plus the sub would run you under $750. You could get the smaller ESW-V8 sub for $50 less if you have a hard line on your $700 budget.
http://www.wwstereo.com/#/ecommerce/..._84__0_0_0_-1/
 

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how do infinity speakers compare? i notice the p252 and p362 speakers. It is quite hard to compare those with the energy c300 and those jamo e660 speakers. What would be better quality and sound better for films and some music, the jamo e660 system, the energy c300 towers with c50 center and surrounds, or an infinity set-up? I know that it is probably hard to say without listening and i wish i could go listen, but unfortunately i can't. at least i have the help of you all!


also, are there any other sites like wwstereo that have the kind of deals that they do?
 

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All three brands, Energy, Jamo and Infinity make good quality speakers. You won't go wrong with any of them. Its just a matter of what you like. You really need to get out a listen to speakers on your own to decide what qualities you like.


We all have different listening preferences and what sounds good to me may not sound good to you.


do a google search for the other brands and I'm sure you'll find a discount vendor or two.
 

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So I am currently down to the:


Jamo E660 set with the Energy ESW-V10 sub
http://www.wwstereo.com/#/ecommerce/...103__0_0_0_-1/


Premier Acoustic PA 4.4 system
http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/c...pid=1238&sc=27

or possibly the Premier Acoustic 6F system
PA 6F


and an Infinity Primus with the P362 towers, PC350 center, and P162 bookshelfs.
http://theaudiovideosource.com/


However, the Primus set up leaves me with just around 100-150 for a sub. I could either wait on the sub for a few months if it is not advisable to get a cheaper sub (but then I don't know if the sound will be off while lacking a sub) or just buy a cheaper one.


Any advice? Thanks so much for all your help, this is very overwhelming to figure out.
 

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i definitely agree and wish i could go and listen, but i am pretty far from any decent audio video stores.


any other brands i should consider?

Just buying on other people's recommendations on what they like is a mistake IMHO. Looking at pictures and prices on a web site is fine to formulate a plan or to get started, but until you actually audition them with your own ears, you won't really know what will sound good to you.


If you don't have any places really close, then grab some reference material and do a little driving. I'd also recommend looking for custom HT install companies or whole house automation/wiring type companies. They often times have brands they carry available for their customers to audition. Maybe not in a swanky setting, but available none the less. I'd also look for a dealer that specializes in used gear. Some great bargains can often be had that way.


In the end, trust your own ears.... you won't ever be disappointed that way.

EDIT: As far as subwoofers go, I would not recommend that you skimp here. A subwoofer is the foundation that anchors your HT experience. If you can't afford a decent sub (or two), then save until you can. A great subwoofer will make everything else sound better. An elcheapo crappy sub will make even great speakers sound lacking. IMHO, FWIW, YMMV, Just my $0.02 and all that.
 
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