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post #11 of 334 Old 01-28-08, 03:39 AM
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Re: How much did your speaker system cost?

Probably about $3k.

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Re: How much did your speaker system cost?

I spent about $2600 on my speakers and sub but I got them a dealer cost through a friend that worked at an AV store. If I paid regular retail it would have been well over $4K. Remember too that you can usually talk the dealer down to get a better deal. Their margins are usually above 25% and can approach 50% on speakers and electronics.

The wife is always the biggest factor. You just need to remind her that her fancy clothes or shoes and handbags or what ever else she takes pleasure indulging in is equivalent. My wife seems to like salon shampoo that costs 5 times as much as the regular stuff. It doesn't make any difference on my hair, but my wife insists that it does on hers.

You could use that sort of analogy but also have her listen to a good setup and also a poor one. Go to a specialty audio store that has a few dedicated rooms, bringing your favorite movie and/or CD, and have a listen. You'll be floored at how good home theater can sound. Then go to your local Sears or Target and have a listen to a HTIB. It would be the equivalent of using the best shampoo your wife could buy vs. dish soap.

Edit: I should add that I'm not done yet buying speakers. I plan on spending at least another grand on fronts and the same on a sub. I could spend another 2K on a projector and then I'll be set for at least another year...

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Re: How much did your speaker system cost?

Polk CSM Center - $100
Polk Monitor 50 fronts - $315
Klipsch Synergy 12" powered sub - $370
Onkyo TX-SR605 - $425

Some Pioneer bookshelf speakers (rear surrounds) my girlfriend had - $0


Just barely above 1k, and it sounds good IMO.

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Re: How much did your speaker system cost?

3 pairs of Polk RTi38s on closeout - $540 ($380/pair regular pricing at Crutchfield)
DIY Subwoofer - $410 ($105 DVC15, $25 MDF, $10 hammered paint, $20 misc, $250 NAD 2400THX)

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Re: How much did your speaker system cost?

I agree with the suggestion of taking your wife to audition some speakers, but don't do it at Sears, Target, etc. is better if you can do it at a place that has a treated room (Magnolia at Best Buy, Circuit City or at any store that only sells audio and video ) ... hopefully she will realize that the 1K you're trying to use is nothing compared to the speakers at those stores.

If you're lucky and take your time looking around, you can find good deals ... but it will depend on what you want to get , my speakers are not high end ... but I like how they sound, and I'm upgrading little by little ... my current set up is L+R (JBL Stadium $320), Center (JBL Voice $100) and surrounds (4 Polk M10 $160), Subs (Velodyne VRP 1000 $250) total $830, this does not include the receiver (another $300+ depending on what you want) ... but I also have a 5.1 Infinity TSS750, that was my first set up.

I think you will get what you paid for ... in other words, you have to pay more for better performance.
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Re: How much did your speaker system cost?

My wife thought I was crazy at first, but she has come around now that she has had the opportunity to enjoy hi-fi home theater. She has even learned to trust me and looks forward to the upgrades!

The SBS-01s are the best "entry level" bookshelf speakers that I've heard.
For a box sub, I much prefer a sealed design, so I would get the SB12-Plus.

SBS-01 5.0 Channel Set - $599

SB12-Plus in Black Vinyl - $699
Total = $1298

This is a setup that I would recommend to anybody.

Just buy them. After she hears them, your wife will change her mind.

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Re: How much did your speaker system cost?

Here are a few pictures of my wimpy 40w HTiB speaker system;



As everyone can see my HTiB speakers are very small, even my 40w sub is wimpy.

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Re: How much did your speaker system cost?

If you want to start smaller...
  • Retire your HTiB speakers to surround duty only.
  • Buy the bookshelf mains today. (SBS-01)
  • Upgrade the subwoofer ASAP. (SB12-Plus)
  • Add a center later, if you need/want one. (SCS-01)
  • Upgrade your surrounds last. (SBS-01s)
Would that make it more manageable?

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Re: How much did your speaker system cost?

My main HT system is pretty reasonably priced. 4xCM1 ($1800) + CMC ($700) + Mirage S12 ($600) = $3100. I may upgrade the sub someday but I don't feel the desire to upgrade this system in terms of sound quality alone or dynamics alone (due to my smallish room). I've always said bookshelf speakers are the sweet spot if you want to keep costs reasonable.

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Re: How much did your speaker system cost?

I got the following speaker system :

Front : 2 NS-1000 600$ on ebay
Center: 1 NS-1000 (DIY Center Channel with spare parts) 300$
Surrounds : 2 NS-1000M 700$
Subs: 2 Peerless XXLS12 with passive, no amp (DIY) 900$

Total for Speakers: 2500$

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