Originally Posted by whipple16
Just looking for a descent 5.1 setup that I can use with my PC (either optical or HDMI), TV and PS3 (both HDMI)
i would like to get a descent receiver and speakers for under $500 and these 2 from newegg are about the best i have found and since i have the ps3 i dont need a blu ray player...
i don't mind spending up to $500 if im going to buy separately but i would like either the speakers or receiver to be from newegg since i have an account there
Onkyo - $299 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882120182
Denon - $209 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882683016
If you're willing to go as high as $500, I would suggest you stretch it a tad more and you can actually get a very good setup that is several leagues higher than those tweeter and 1x loudspeaker `home theater in a box' setups. The `sub' that those boxed systems come with are not even subs, they're just a normal loud speaker and they couple it with those tweeters. The tweeters just output high frequency and nothing more. The loudspeaker (they call it a sub) does all of the mids and lows. So for several hundred dollars, you're getting a single real speaker and a couple of tweeters with limited connectivity and no room to grow--as in, you can't just keep upgrading or buying new things and hooking them up. And they do not resale very well either if you ever plan to try something else and try to move them out. So what I'm saying is, please, for the love of all things audio, do not buy a `home theater in a box' setup. They're just not worth the money. If budget is important, get a receiver and a good set of loud speakers and then add to it over time as budget permits.
Suggestion for budget route where you're not wasting money:
- Great entry level receiver with tons of connectivity. For the price, this will keep you in business for years and you can hook up all kinds of things to it as you change speakers in the future (if you ever do).
PolkAudio Monitor40 Series II
- Here's your main loud speakers. These babies will do more bass than the subs in those `prepackaged home theater in a box deals' and these are your mains. You don't even have to start with a sub--seriously. They do awesome audio and have a very good frequency range, so starting out, they're solid. Get solid loud speakers and you can save by not getting a sub and you won't even know you don't have a sub until much later when you want to buy a real
sub (when your budget grows in the future). These constantly go on sale, so watch, they'll hit the $120 range, snatch them then. Also check amazon, they often go on sale there too.
That's how you start. That's about $320~350 depending on sales. Seems steep, but I promise you, it will sound way, way, way better, with more rich sound, more bass and will allow you to grow your system compared to those `home theater in a box' traps. I can't suggest enough to avoid those packages and to build your own system with a real receiver and real speakers.
From there, you add to it as you can. Suggested route:
PolkAudio CS1 Series II
- Here's your center channel. It goes on sale often. Center channels are important because in films with 5.1, this is where your primary voice will come from usually, so you want a good speaker with a good range. Again, watch for a sale and you can get it near $50. Alternatively, if sale permits, you can step up a bit to the CS10
That will put you at your primary center and mains with huge sound. Cost wise, you're at about $400 to $500. That's your original budget. You will be far more pleased with the sound from these than those boxed tweeters.
Lastly you need surrounds when budget opens up again. Suggestion:
PolkAudio Monitor30 Series II
- These are excellent surrounds. Alternatively if budget is increased, you can just get another set of Monitor40's, which is awesome for music. For movies though, you won't be using your surrounds nearly as much as your mains, so no sense in getting big surround speakers. The 30's are excellent as surrounds and come with mounting brackets and are smaller so they'll not boss the room around like your mains will. Watch for a sale, these will drop to about $70 for the pair when newegg sales go on (this happens every 2 weeks or so, literally, on these and all these speakers I'm listing for you).
That puts your whole 5 speaker surround system at about $600 if you catch the sales. For the money, you will be absolutely blown away compared to those $200 home theater in a box trap solutions. If you're willing to spend money and want to get something worth your money, this is the route I can't suggest enough to you.
Lastly, when all is done, you don't need a sub. I know that sounds weird, everyone wants a sub for big boomy bass, but that's because those people likely don't have loud speakers--they have those computer package speaker systems that don't have real speakers and their subs are just a low end version of what a real speaker's system loud speaker main is. And you have two
essentially as your mains here. So when you're ready to get a real sub, you get a real sub. Something that can hit really low end frequencies and is self-amped. So when budget is allowed, later on, when you can save a bit more, you finally add your real sub: PolkAudio PSW505 12"
. For the money (it's always going on sale in the mid 200's), it's very hard to beat for it's range and power. This is where you add it to your system to complete the 5.1 effect, set the lowpass on it to be 90hz or less or so, so that it only thumps the lower frequencies that your other speakers are not doing as often (to avoid having your sub outputting mid-frequencies which are not going to be needed, since your mains do that). This pushes your final system build to around $800~$850 depending on sales.
Yes, you end up spending quite a bit more than you initially started. But, if you take a track approach to it, getting pieces as money permits, instead of trying to buy everything in one lump, you will end up with an incredible system that you will glow when you listen to instead of just lament when you realize you threw a few hundred down on what are essentially just tweeters and one real speaker. Get a real system! Build it yourself. And you can grow, change it, etc, as you please for years.
Trust me, even on a budget, you can build an incredible system compared to those `trap' box packages.