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When it comes to audio, there are just too many options! I thought I had everything narrowed down but now I’m not so sure so I am looking for more advice….


No matter what I decide on, I do know I want to start off with a 3.1 system (I will eventually add more speakers to make it a 7.1 system later). I need speakers, receiver, and subwoofer.

Budget - $1100 ($400 of which will be Amazon credit, leaving $700 to spend elsewhere)

Use - TV, blu-rays, PS3 gaming, a little music thrown in for good measure

Room Size - Dimensions 20 x 20 (Living room with open floor plan connecting to kitchen)



Here is what I was thinking:
L & R Towers - Polk monitor 60 = $200 (from Newegg)
Center - Polk CS2 = $100 (from Newegg)

Subwoofer - Originally though the BIC F12 = $185 (from Amazon)

But now I am reading a lot that I should get something better. What is the best I can get in the $300 - $350 range?

Receiver (7.1 or greater) -

Denon AVR-1712 = $400 (from Amazon)


Yamaha RX-V667= $400 (from Amazon)


Denon AVR-1611 = $300 (from Amazon)


Denon AVR-2112ci = other threads have said from electronics expo with discount = $450

Speaker Wire - I have no idea what I need




Can anyone make me a 3.1 system for $1100 (spending $400 Amazon credit)
 

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I just typed out a long response, but my computer ate it. Arg.


Anyway, it boiled down to:


Yammy V667 from Amazon for $400

HSU STF-2 for $350


Then from the AH store

Infinity P253 towers for $300

PC351 center for $200.


That puts you a bit over budget at $1250, and I'd also suggest you consider moving tot he VTF-2 Mk3 to bring the total to $1400. You could drop down to the P163 bookshelves and PC251 center and bring the $1250 down to $1069 (or do that setup with the VTF-2 Mk3 for $1228). You have a big room so I'd be inclined to spend the extra few hundred now and get the bigger speakers and sub.
 

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Audioholics.


You can also get the KEF Q100 bookshelves for $300 and Q200C center for $250 from A4Less. Or the Mordaunt Short Alumi bookshelves for $229 and center for $200. You'd have to look up some reviews of those, though.
 

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Maybe a better question would be for all you knowledgable AVS members... What would YOU do if you were starting with a 3.1 system and had $1100 (taking into consideration the $400 amazon credit) to spend?
 

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Originally Posted by aydterracer2005 /forum/post/20779918


Maybe a better question would be for all you knowledgable AVS members... What would YOU do if you were starting with a 3.1 system and had $1100 (taking into consideration the $400 amazon credit) to spend?

HSU at $150 each http://hsuresearch.com/products/hb-1.html


$240 for the center or if you can fit it another BS for the center at $150.


Or check Amazon for the BIC horn speakers at around $110 each.


The afore mentioned HSU or an ED sub at $350
http://www.edesignaudio.com/product_...roducts_id=406


Put more money into the sub if you can. Maybe even go for a 2.1 for now. That's what I'm running and I can't tell there is no center speaker.
 

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Maybe a better question would be for all you knowledgable AVS members... What would YOU do if you were starting with a 3.1 system and had $1100 (taking into consideration the $400 amazon credit) to spend?

What I did was purchase the Yamaha A700 (basically the same as the 667) for $350. Then I bought Polk RTiA5's for $460 and the Polk CSiA6 center for $400. Then I saved more cash- then purchased the DSW 550wi sub for $400 and then RTiA3's for rears. I found that buying cheaper goods first only leads to replacing them sooner, rather than later (works the same way for cameras).


Good luck.


Pat
 

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What I did was purchase the Yamaha A700 (basically the same as the 667) for $350. Then I bought Polk RTiA5's for $460 and the Polk CSiA6 center for $400. Then I saved more cash- then purchased the DSW 550wi sub for $400 and then RTiA3's for rears. I found that buying cheaper goods first only leads to replacing them sooner, rather than later (works the same way for cameras).


Good luck.


Pat
something to really think about, the upgrade bug can be really expensive.


if you really want a basic setup, 1100 budget


denon 1611 - 300

polk center - 100

polk 40 fronts- 120

polk 30 rears - 90


i would do 2 BIC 12 for 400 or save more for ed,hsu,epik 500-600


listen to the polks first, put as much $$ towards the center and sub.


speaker wire- monoprice.com good prices.
 

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So starting at 3.1 I am thinking...


Yamaha RX-V667 = 388.87 (from Amazon)

Polk Monitor 60s = 206.00

Polk CS2 center = 93.00


Subwoofer:

BIC F12 = 185.88 with free shipping

or

HSU STF2 = 349.99 + 43 for shipping.... my question? Does HSU have these on sale or run free shipping promos?


one more question... does anyone have a recommendation for a reciever with 2 outputs (one for TV and one for projector if I ever bought one)
 

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are those pretty good speakers? comparable to the polks?
I can't directly compare, but I'd probably get them myself. No one seems to have anything bad to say about them, and that particular Jamo set goes for $400 everywhere else.
 

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Or you can get the Jamo 606 for $400 from Vanns, a receiver from Amazon, and then $350 on a sub. Or the Jamp for $400 from Vanns, a $350 receiver from A4Less, and a pair of F-12s or a VK-12 from Amazon. Leaves enough to get 100 feet of 12 or 14 gauge speaker wire from Amazon for about $15. Get some banana plugs too.
 
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