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I haven't bought speakers for 40 years. I have two sets of Sears Fisher speakers, the big boxes that sit on the floor, one on top of the other, and a receiver that was a gift about 20 years ago. For my 60th birthday, I am looking to upgrade and enjoy some decent sound reproduction for the rest of my life.


I would describe myself as a non-audiophile (as if my current system didn't make that clear). I listen mostly to MP3s now although I do own about 2000 CD's. While I will also be listening to TV, DVDs, and video files from my computer, my primary goal is to listen to music through these speakers.


I am very confused at this point in my research. I honestly don't know what kind of price point I should be looking at. I am concerned about overkill. From what I've read it seems like music is best through tower speakers so I've been focusing on them, but I'm not sure that's even correct. I am not convinced that I would enjoy a home theater set-up as I am used to music coming from the front. I'm not panting to hear movies in surround sound either.


My outside limit for the speakers and receiver would be $1500, but, as I said, I'm wondering if that is far too much quality, considering what I have been listening to music on for 40 years, for my needs. Might I get a sound system for significantly less that is likely to sound absolutely thrilling to me?


Any suggestions or advice would be deeply appreciated.
 

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I haven't bought speakers for 40 years. I have two sets of Sears Fisher speakers, the big boxes that sit on the floor, one on top of the other, and a receiver that was a gift about 20 years ago. For my 60th birthday, I am looking to upgrade and enjoy some decent sound reproduction for the rest of my life.


I would describe myself as a non-audiophile (as if my current system didn't make that clear). I listen mostly to MP3s now although I do own about 2000 CD's. While I will also be listening to TV, DVDs, and video files from my computer, my primary goal is to listen to music through these speakers.


I am very confused at this point in my research. I honestly don't know what kind of price point I should be looking at. I am concerned about overkill. From what I've read it seems like music is best through tower speakers so I've been focusing on them, but I'm not sure that's even correct. I am not convinced that I would enjoy a home theater set-up as I am used to music coming from the front. I'm not panting to hear movies in surround sound either.


My outside limit for the speakers and receiver would be $1500, but, as I said, I'm wondering if that is far too much quality, considering what I have been listening to music on for 40 years, for my needs. Might I get a sound system for significantly less that is likely to sound absolutely thrilling to me?


Any suggestions or advice would be deeply appreciated.

Also, how big of a room do you have?


Any "cosmetic" limitations?
 

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Hello Andrea... are you primarley looking for just two main speakers and a reciever?? Do you plan/intend on watching tv/movies as well?

yes, will be watching movies, TV etc. Was focusing on two main speakers yes unless I am otherwise educated by members of this forum. Very open to suggestion.
 

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Also, how big of a room do you have?


Any "cosmetic" limitations?

so sorry meant to include that crucial info. My room is 15 X 18. no cosmetic limitations other than I would prefer TV and stereo system at one 15 ' end and seating at the other.
 

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Seems like, if music is your primary goal, a good 2.1 or 3.1 system would be best. Sound like with 2000 CDs you will probably want a CD changer as well, unless you have ripped them all to MP3.

I would recommend 5-600 dollar on a rec and CD player and 900 dollars on two towers and a sub woofer.

Consider feature you want in an AV-rec- network, 5.1, 7.1, etc and then look at Onkyo, Denon, Yamaha, or other respected receiver maker.


For Speakers, the Polk 70s have been a steal lately, at 4-500 dollars per pair...so that might be one consideration. Bic makes a very highly respected subwoofer. For music only, you could spend the full monty on two towers with full range and forget the sub!You can always add a center and a couple surrounds and subwoofer in round 2, if you decide a great HT setup is also something you want.
 
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