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Just try to explain to her logically, that spending 1k on a system is the same as taking 1k and throwing it away,
while spending alittle more would give you the benefits of value, investment, fun, listening experience, enjoyment....
Alright Frosti7,

For starters, welcome to the shack.

For second, don't let me ruin your welcome, but I'm going to have to take issue with your recent posts. Can't help but notice that you've hit several threads, and in almost every case, you've advocated spending more money as a cure-all.

I have to say, blindly spending more money is one of the least effective was t get more out of yousystem. Contrary to what you state above, $1k will get you a very nice system, one that, when correctly set-up, will sound better than poorly set-up Dalis.

Are better engineered speakers usually more expensive then poorly engineered speakers...yeah you bet. And then there are some poorly engineered speakers that cost an arm and a leg (glass speakers anyone?).

Step into my room, close your eyes, and tell me how much everything costs: http://realht.info/about_me.html
 

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Total for my 5-channel Polk LSi system (LSi 15, C and 7's) $1500 all purchased used.

Total for my 2 SVS subs (purchased used) $750

Not counting my source, amp and preamp at about $2,300. Sounds great and highly recommended.

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Alright Frosti7,

For starters, welcome to the shack.

For second, don't let me ruin your welcome, but I'm going to have to take issue with your recent posts. Can't help but notice that you've hit several threads, and in almost every case, you've advocated spending more money as a cure-all.

I have to say, blindly spending more money is one of the least effective was t get more out of yousystem. Contrary to what you state above, $1k will get you a very nice system, one that, when correctly set-up, will sound better than poorly set-up Dalis.

Are better engineered speakers usually more expensive then poorly engineered speakers...yeah you bet. And then there are some poorly engineered speakers that cost an arm and a leg (glass speakers anyone?).

Step into my room, close your eyes, and tell me how much everything costs: http://realht.info/about_me.html
Thanks for the welcome
Buying the most expensive items isnt smarter then buying the cheapest.

What i was trying to explain is that buying the cheapest stuff would be much worse of investment then spending more on quality products,

This is the argument that i'd advise to hyghwayman, no matter if he wants to convince his wife to spend 100$ instead of 1$, or 1k instead of 500.
 

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I'm going to up grade my speakers very soon to the SBS-01 5.1 system:yay:, which should :hsd: compaired to my current set-up:bigsmile:.
Don, Have you received them yet? This is going to be a fantastic improvement over what you had! :T
 

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I can't but barely keep track of what I payed for all of it. All of my amplifiers were from ebay and I got some good deals on each of the speakers as well.

Here is the MSRP of what I can more easily calculate close to.

Speakers - $5578.00

Amplification - $2,800.00

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AV123 X-SLS B-stock- $135
AV123 X-CS B-stock- $110
BIC Acoustech surrounds- $175ish
2x HSU VTF 3.2- $900

HK 330 AVR used- $225
Pionner DV-588s DVD/SACD player- $175
3x Emotiva BPA-1- $375
SMS-1 used- $350
 

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Fronts Jamo S606 $450
Center Jamo c60 $190
Surrounds S602 $100
Receiver Onkyo TX-SR606 $400
DVD Pioneer DV-400 $80
Remote Harmony 520 $60
 
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EugoVector,

My speakers (Martin Logan mains and subwoofer) come in at around 7K these days. But that isn't to say that this is the best sounding 2 channel rig that I've ever heard. But it is better than 99% of the other systems that I've heard out there.

In my experience, the DIYers and reverse engineerers are to be commended, but usually don't have a sound that is truly coherent and unfatigueing from bottom to top. Well researched and auditioned money is ALWAYS better than a back-yard mechanic with an oscilloscope.

~VDR
 

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Hi Matt, you might want to post in the new members area so we can say "hello". Have fun, Dennis
 

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1 stock pair Wharfedale Opus 2 : 1900 € = 2984,5200 USD
1 stock Wharfedale Tri-Center : 900 € = 1413,7200 USD
1 stock pair Wharfedale Tri-Surround : 1090 € = 1712,1720 USD
1 New SVS SB12Plus : 1299 € = 2040,4692 USD

New Marantz DV7600 : 799 € = 1255,0692 USD
New Marantz CD6001 : 399 € = 626,7492 USD
New Marantz SR8002 : 1799 € = 2825,8692 USD
New JVC HR-S7700EU (viedo recorder) : 399 € = 626,7492 USD
New Freecom Mediaplayer 350 WLAN 500Gb : 335 € = 526,2180 USD

New Belkin PureAV Home Theater Power Console PF40 : 339 € = 532,5012 USD

2nd hand Monster Sigma 2 speakercable : 250 € = 392,7000 USD
2nd hand Monster Sigma 2 interlink : 150 € = 235,6200 USD
Audio & Video Interlinks > 700 € = 1099,5600 USD
Oehlbach 2058 NF 1 Y-Adapter cinch naar 2x cinch (Subwoofer)
Interlink® 400 MkII Advanced Bandwidth Balanced® Audio Interconnect
Interlink® LightSpeed™ 100 High Performance Digital Fiber Optic Cable
2 * Interlink® Datalink 100 Low-Loss S/PDIF Style Digital Coaxial Cable
Audioquest Cables HDMI-3
2 * Audioquest Cables HDMI-X

2nd hand Marantz RC9200 remote : 175 € = 274,8900 USD

my HT set
 
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I just got into DIY speaker building a little over a month ago and have already spent over $3700. This I know cause I just wrote a check to pay for over $5200 worth of PE orders, and I haven't even opened my Home Depot bill yet, waiting till I have a few beers before I open that one. Keep in mind that doesn't include my reciever, amps, pre-amps or power filters.

Now I am 26 and not yet married but atleast your wife will see that your needs are well within reason. Plus the two of you will save money by staying home and watching movies with a nice sound system rather than going out.

And, unlike alot of the items women buy, your speakers will be used everyday for hours and last for years at which point you can sell them and recover some of the cost. Try that with $200 pair of designer jeans.
 

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B&W 683 mains-$1400
B&W 686 Rears-$500
B&W HTM61 Center-$700

Twin 24"x6' Sonotubes and an
EP2500 amp for sub duty-$1200
Pioneer Elite vsx82txv-$300
 

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You can save a lot if your patient and willing to buy used. Items with a "?" were bought so long ago that I am guessing at the price.

HT SYSTEM
Front L/R: 2, Paradigm Studio 20; $556 (EBAY)
Center: 1, Paradigm Studio CC-470; $330 (EBAY)
Side Surrounds: 2, Paradigm ADP-470; $550 (Audiogon)
Rear Surrounds: 2, Paradigm Monitor-3; $500 (NEW)
Front Subs: 2, 15" sealed; $650 (DIY)
Rear Sub: 1, SVS PB12-Plus/2; $640 (Craig's list)

2-CHANNEL SYSTEM
Front L/R: 2, Magnapan MG12/QR; $800 (Audiogon)
Alt Front L/R; 2, Floorstanding Advents; $500? (NEW)

LIVING ROOM SYSTEM
Front L/R: 2, Polk Audio Monitor 5jr; $500? (NEW)
Center: 1, Polk Audio CS300; $150 (EBAY)
Side Surround: 2, Boston Acoustics A40; $350? (NEW)
Subwoofer: 1, Atlantic Technology T-70.1; $195 (NEW, discontinued)
 
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i come to this forum mostly to dream. i bought my full 5 speaker polk set up on special at fry's for about $400
 
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All JBL gear

Mains $8,000pr
Rears $5,500pr
Centers $1,600pr
Subs DIY $1800pr

Total $16,900NZD / $12,055.95USD

then six 2 channel amps to drive them .... yeah baby :bigsmile:

Cheers
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