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|10-11-2012 11:21 PM|
|phraustyie||got mine today, black, look good, sound great|
|10-08-2012 08:57 AM|
Questions from a first timer
Re-posting this from another thread as the sale at newegg ends today:
I would like to have better sound in my living room and my primary purpose is to listen to music (progressive house mostly) through my laptop/mp3 player and a little television. I am not interested in a 5 or 7 speaker setup, and do not plan on using a subwoofer (probably inviting a lot of complaints in my apartment building anyway). I have a very limited budget, but have found some options that I would like to ask someone knowledgeable.
1) If I go for a small amp such as http://www.amazon.com/LP-2020A-Le...pg__header , will it run any of the bookshelf speakers listed below at a good volume level? Also, between the ones listed below, any recommendations and why?
- Pioneer SP-BS41
- Polk Audio Monitor30 Series II 2 way bookshelf speakers
- Polk Audio Monitor40 Series II 2 way bookshelf speakers
Total cost of setup above is $25+[$85 - $150] = $110 - $175
2) In terms of sound, will there be a big difference if I instead decide to go with
- Energy EF-500
- Pioneer SP-FS51
- Polk Audio Monitor50 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Which do you recommend and why?
Will these speakers need a more powerful amp/receiver than the one I posted from amazon? If yes, how about something basic like a Pioneer VSX-521-K? I have found a used one for less than $100 on craigslist.
Total cost of setup above is $75+[$100-$160] = $175 - $235
Thanks for your time
|10-07-2012 12:23 PM|
|10-07-2012 12:19 PM|
|MSUsparty2||I ended up getting the Pioneer Floorstanding SP-FS51-LR for $74.99 at BB. They are transferring from another store and on clearance from $204.98... YMMV|
|10-06-2012 11:41 AM|
|petschska||I haven't been active with speakers or on avsforum in a while, but i am disappointed that Energy was acquired by Klipsch. I love my C-500s. I agree with most of the audiophiles' comments that something more mid range will make a big difference in quality. Anyone interested in this thread isn't looking at any RCs.|
|10-06-2012 11:06 AM|
I ended up upgrading my energy take classics to a pair of RC-50 towers and a RC-LCR center channel somebody was selling on craigslist for 400 for all three. And sold the take classics sats i had for 150. (crazy upgrade for 250)
i would use the 100 bucks somewhere else. or add a few more bucks and get something better if you already have a separate amp. i know i lot of people like these as several people posted but i guess i was looking for something better than energy take classics in comparison.
|10-06-2012 07:32 AM|
Jamo is actually a well-regarded brand of speakers in Denmark. They're just unknown here in the States. They definitely aren't a trash speaker company.
I've been using these same Energy (i.e., Jamo) speakers, along with matching center speaker, for the past year, and they sound really fantastic. Granted, I'm more of a headphone audiophile, and don't have that much experience listening to speakers, but these sound crystal clear and super-detailed to my ears. I feel like I am hearing all the little details and ambients in the movies and games that I'm playing. Not shrill or piercing, just clear. I find that removing the front grill enhances the clarity more so.
The bass isn't particularly strong, but any good home theater setup eventually needs a separate subwoofer anyway.
|10-06-2012 07:31 AM|
It will probably work OK, but sooner or later you'll wish you had the matching center.
|10-06-2012 07:26 AM|
|10-06-2012 03:01 AM|
|10-05-2012 10:03 PM|
|gourygabriev||I wonder if these are worth it if I buy 2 sets for a 4.0 setup for PC gaming. Already have a spare receiver...|
|10-05-2012 09:54 PM|
|10-05-2012 09:38 PM|
|10-05-2012 09:34 PM|
These Pioneer floorstanders are on sale for a mere $20 more:
Thoughts on whether they'd be a better choice? I'm thinking of replacing the fronts of my Take 5 set.
P.S. How bad is it gonna be to have a mismatched center from the Take set? I have Audyssey MultEQ but I dunno that it can really compensate.
|10-05-2012 09:17 PM|
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