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Old 03-15-11, 01:24 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I'll try and keep this concise because I'm sure you're all very busy people.

I'm looking for something to listen to music from my computer with, and that's about it. I have little need for the video portion of a/v. I'm an avid fan of music, and would really like to hear what my favorite artists put out through proper equipment.

I have:
-A small space (10x12 approx)
-$300-$600
-Mediocre audio equipment :/

I need:
-A system that can play music from my computer/mp3 player
-A system that won't distort at high volumes
-A system that is good for music with very low frequencies (dubstep, djent, metal)
-A system that will last me at least 5 years

I'd Like:
-Speakers that could double as monitors for recording (possible?)
-Compact size
-As few wires as possible
-appealing design (who doesn't want a full figured speaker? :P)

If my price range is realistic for what I want, I'd appreciate any and all suggestions you could give me. Also, any other bits and pieces of information you have that could help would be greatly appreciated.

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I've kind of been looking in to a usable pretty cheap 2nd system cause I spend so much time at my GFs apartment. She has a decent HD TV, but no audio. Anyway, I was thinking two Behringer B2031p monitors and a Audio Source AMP-100.

Should cover everything you need/want, except good looking.

Only downside is, the Audio Source should really only have one input. It's suppose to have a auto switching, but reviews suggest it doesn't work at all. It's just a amp and shouldn't be attempted to use multiple inputs.


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I would suggest going with a two channel used AVR off audiogon and some used bookshelves. You're definitely going to have to get close to the top end of that budget, but you'll be in good shape.


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I prefer Daves idea best as i think it will give the best sound and at a reasonable price, you should be able to meet your budget fairly easily with a smaller AVR and some bookshelf speakers, on top of all that you'll end up with somemore options going the AVR route.


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Hello,
I definitely third Dave's idea. With that budget, purchasing efficient Speakers is essential if wanting to avoid distortion.
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Thanks for the help guys.

If I only get a 2 channel avr, will that prevent me from adding a subwoofer in the future? Dubstep is a very bass intensive music, and I think that without a sub, I won't be able to get the most out of it.


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Hello,
Most 2 Channel Integrated Amplifiers offer a Subwoofer Output. All of the H/K of recent vintage do and I am almost positive that NAD also offers them.
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Thanks for the responses guys. On newegg I can get the ONKYO TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver for $350 and a pair of Polk Audio Monitor30 Series II Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeakers for $80. That gives me more channels so I can expand in the future, and is still within my budget. Does this seem like a good deal that meets my needs?

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ONKYO TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-82120166-L0B

Polk Audio Monitor30 Series II Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Black) Pair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290200


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It does and i think that you will be much happier with this purchase especially do to the "expandebility" of the system.


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Thanks for the responses guys. On newegg I can get the ONKYO TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver for $350 and a pair of Polk Audio Monitor30 Series II Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeakers for $80. That gives me more channels so I can expand in the future, and is still within my budget. Does this seem like a good deal that meets my needs?

Links:
ONKYO TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-82120166-L0B

Polk Audio Monitor30 Series II Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Black) Pair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290200
Are you wanting to expand to surround sound later?

The receiver is probably just fine. Onkyo makes nice stuff. I would not recommend Polk Audio. IMO, they have sold out to big box stores. They used to only be in audio stores, but they "expanded" If you don't want to play with studio monitors, maybe this? http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hb-1.html

You can try and find something on audiogon, but I've never had luck finding something affordable and good. I don't hang out their on a regular basis, so maybe the good stuff slips by, but I see used stuff going for thousands....

Infinity and Yamaha bookself speakers seem to be getting good ratings too. Here is a good read. http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...f-2009-results


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