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I have $600 to spend at Brandsmart. I need some help finding the best possible setup for $600, and I don't mind going a LITTLE over $600, maybe $650 with tax. I'm looking for a full setup with a receiver and all. This will be for my living room setup, which will be used mostly for movie viewing but I'll also occasionally play console games and maybe even PC games now and then if I move my PC to the living room for something like BF3. I enjoy bass, so a good sub is a requirement.

I really doubt this is their only selection but I'd appreciate any input.

http://www.brandsmartusa.com/Products/1123-Home-Audio

If you can't find anything on Brandsmart that you think is good, you can use other sites and hopefully Brandsmart carries the same stuff. I'm pretty sure they would if it's a mainstream brand.
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 6/6/11 at 7:49am
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LogiTech Z-5500

comes in well under the 600 bucks, and it is just so awesome. Never had any problems with mine, I know 2 other people that live within a few miles of me that have a set them selves.

they are so good. O_O
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Already have a set of Z5500s, I should have mentioned that. I'm looking for a 5.1 system for the living room now.
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Studio monitors work for you?
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LogiTech Z-5500

comes in well under the 600 bucks, and it is just so awesome. Never had any problems with mine, I know 2 other people that live within a few miles of me that have a set them selves.

they are so good. O_O
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by youra6 View Post
Studio monitors work for you?
No not really. I'm looking more for something like a Polk set.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kpopsaranghae View Post
Meh... I'm tired of your kind. People bash on Logitechs but don't take into consideration what they are: $300 computer speakers (in my case, $100). Yes, for a little more cash you can get much better sound but they are not computer speakers and they are exactly that, more expensive. Good speakers, good sub, good set overall.
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 6/6/11 at 2:14pm
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I have Polk Monitor 60s ...a Polk CS2 Center a cheap Yamaha sub ...powered by an Onkyo TX SR308 and am very satisfied with it. It should fit your budget very nicely
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$600 at that site looks like it limits you to HTIB systems unfortunately. Your GF won't throw a fit about it at least.

I didn't look for long, but This looks like the best one on their site, a Denon + BA combo is pretty solid.

Demoing is the way to go though, just stay away from sony and don't pay attention to total wattage too much, there's a huge difference between for example 100W at 1khz with 1 channel driven and 100w at 20hz-20khz with 2 channels, and a lot of the time manufacturers don't bother mentioning how they measured. A safer measure is usually weight, heavier generally = larger amps. Same for speakers, heavier = larger magnets, and check the driver surround too and make sure they flex.

For brands, look for receivers from Denon, Onkyo or Yamaha, and speakers from decent brands like Polk, Bic, Athena or Energy, and you should end up with something a lot more satisfying than an all-in-one all from one manufacturer.
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Klipsch HD Theater 300 Home Theater System
Yamaha RX-V471 5.1 Surround Sound Receiver
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I would suggest trying out the Magnepan MMGs if you have the room. Although these things take up a decent amount of space, they will sound incredible compared to any regular speaker in the same price range. They sound great even through this

video. They also honor a 60-day money back guarantee so you give them a try without making a blind $600 commitment.

Edit: Sorry I thought you meant speakers. Regardless, these are surely something to think about.
    
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