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Hello,


I'm a starving grad student who likes music. I've been surviving on a pair of Grado SR-60s and a laptop sound card while trying to find a system for myself for quite a while now. My current budget is $250-350.


I want a simple system that sounds as good as it can, for this money. This is primarily for music. A fine sounding 2.1 is preferred to an average 5.1+. I need a receiver, a CD player, two speakers, and a sub. If the speakers sound really good and fill out the low end adequately, I can spend more on them now and postpone the sub by a year. The CD player doesn't need to be fancy. A quality single-disc would be fine, as long it does simple things like run seamless CD tracks without inserting pauses. I would like full, rich sound, and the ability to upgrade without too much limitation. I have a small room right now, with carpeting. I usually sit at the floor level. I might have a larger studio apartment later.


I listen to everything from bass-heavy classic rock to classical. Some representative favorites would be the Stones' Exile on Main Street and Shostakovich's first violin concerto. The source would be a mix of Audio CDs and streaming from a computer source via the headphones jack. I'm not too familiar with cable requirements etc., but I can read up on those.


I'd really appreciate some pointers. I'd be interested in seeing where you folks feel the compromises are appropriate. Thank ye all.
 

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I'm currently looking at:


- Onkyo TX-SR504B receiver, $159

- JBL Monitor Venue pair, $99. Will these make good rear speakers some day?


Any changes?


I still need something decent to play my CDs.


Comments?


Thanks.
 

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I think I'll add an AV123 x-sub to the mix later. Do you think I'd manage reasonably well without it in the meantime, with the above setup? Anything better out there in subs in the $200 (or less) range for music? I can't seem to find the Athena AS-P4000 anywhere, although there is a P4100 for about the same money as the x-sub.
 

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Go used for $300


Theres some excellent, hefty stereo receivers that people are selling for a song on craigslist. Because of their transformer, they will outperform low end receivers, especially the Onkyo 504, which is a 20 pound econobox.


Then get 2 nice full range Infinity towers, if you can, used
 

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Originally Posted by sdaedalus /forum/post/0


btw, I got myself a Yamaha RX-V870, and a pair of Polk 11ts. All used, and very nice.


Those are some very nice speakers...CL can be your friend. Glad you took John's advice.
 
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