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So I have been looking for a decent sound set up for my PC and the TV I plan on purchasing soon. My manager recently got a new sound system for his home so he offered to give me some of his old set up.

Sub :


Center :
Floor :

I'm guessing all I need is a receiver correct? If someone could give me some options on something that wont break the bank too much I would really appreciate it. Also any advise on items I might still need / set up would be nice

Edit: I also noticed there are bookshelf speakers that go with this set up, the Sony SS-B3000/1000, do I need those for this set up? Or do the floor speakers take care of what these do?
Edited by ArtistDeAlec - 11/1/11 at 9:25pm
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I'm guessing all I need is a receiver correct? If someone could give me some options on something that wont break the bank too much I would really appreciate it. Also any advise on items I might still need / set up would be nice


Edit: I also noticed there are bookshelf speakers that go with this set up, the Sony SS-B3000/1000, do I need those for this set up? Or do the floor speakers take care of what these do?
If you're looking for a cheap but still decent receiver some of the lower end Yamaha stuff is pretty competitively priced.
That depends on if you want 5.1 sound our not. In a 5.1 setup you'd typically have your center speaker on or under your TV, your floor speakers either side and your rear speakers (probably the bookshelf speakers you were looking at) either side of your couch.
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He's giving you a 2.1 system so yea you'd want rears and at least a 5.1 receiver. If you only need the front you can get a really cheap stereo receiver. I'd go for 5.1 though.

The the best bang for your buck receiver is the Onkyo 609. It goes for between 300 and 400. Even with only a 2.1 setup I'd still get it. The receiver is the heart of the system and with the Onkyo you'll be set for years.
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Ditch those Sony speakers IMMEDIATELY. Bleh!!

As far as the receiver, what all options do you need? Onkyo, Yamaha, Pioneer, Denon they all make great receivers. They start out around $250 or so roughly, and can bend you over for $1000 or more. Just depends on the features you need. I'd recommend an entry level Onkyo, something that has the automatic speaker setup thing with the microphone (forget what its called, I'd know it if I heard it).

Speaker wise, ditch those Sony's. Look into some Polk Monitor's or BIC Venturi's for a solid entry speaker setup. For a subwoofer, Dayton SUB120 or BIC Formula F1 12 for great bang for your buck.

EDIT:
Apparently I need to learn how to read, you're being GIVEN the Sony's. I still say ditch them as soon as humanly possible. They'll work to get you started, but honestly the Logicrap z5500 would sound better, and I hate that thing. Again though, its a good START, but I wouldn't waste any money on Sony speakers or subs.
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Are they really that bad? This coming semester I will be starting school full time so I will be working less and since I'm doing a full pc upgrade my funds are limited.

This is the receiver I was looking at earlier, any good?


Do you guys have any recommendations on bookshelf speakers / sub? I do plan on upgrading these as soon as I save up the cash after the build.

Edit: Or this ? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...eer-_-82117398
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Are they really that bad? This coming semester I will be starting school full time so I will be working less and since I'm doing a full pc upgrade my funds are limited.

This is the receiver I was looking at earlier, any good? Amazon.com: Onkyo TX-NR509 5.1 Channel Network A/V Receiver: Electronics

Do you guys have any recommendations on bookshelf speakers / sub? I do plan on upgrading these as soon as I save up the cash after the build.

Edit: Or this ? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...eer-_-82117398
That receiver (Onkyo) has Audyssey, which is what I was talking about. As long as its got the connections you need, its a solid choice. I wouldn't do the entry level Pioneer, the Onkyo is much better.

Bookshelfs:
BIC Venturi dv62si
Polk Monitor 40 or 30

Center:
BIC Venturi DV62CLR
Polk Monitor CS2

Towers:
BIC Venturi DV64 (dual 6.5")
BIC Venturi DV84 (dual 8")
Polk Monitor 60 or up
Note, towers are USUALLY sold each, not in pairs. So you'll need to buy 2 usually.

Subwoofer:
Dayton SUB120 12"
BIC Formula F1 12"

Take your pick. You don't need towers, you could run all bookshelfs. The most important thing is making sure the speakers all match in sound signature. So you'll want to make sure they're all from the same series (BIC Venturi DV or Polk Monitor in this case). The subwoofer doesn't matter as much as far as sound signature goes. But it is important to pick a good one that goes low, and the 2 I've recommended are the some of the best ~$200 or less ones out there.

Just future recommendations is all. Since you're being GIVEN the Sony's it won't hurt to use them.
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Thanks a lot for your help Pioneer! I'm really liking the look of those Polk Audios.

If I go with the Onkyo TX-NR509 5.1 it would be no problem to hook up the Polk Monitor 40, Polk Monitor CS2, and the Polk Monitor 60 correct? Reason I ask is because I can get a good deal on that receiver from a local shop here.
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Thanks a lot for your help Pioneer! I'm really liking the look of those Polk Audios.

If I go with the Onkyo TX-NR509 5.1 it would be no problem to hook up the Polk Monitor 40, Polk Monitor CS2, and the Polk Monitor 60 correct? Reason I ask is because I can get a good deal on that receiver from a local shop here.
Nope, no problem at all. Just remember though, that USUALLY the tower speakers will be sold each, so you'll need to buy 2. Bookshelfs are usually sold as a pair. Centers are each (just like towers, but you only need one).
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Alright I'll pick up that receiver tomorrow and place an order for those Polk Monitor M40's, my second SSD can wait. Now I just hope I know how to set all of this up, I'm embarassed to say I use a pair of logitech x 540 so this is all new to me

Thanks again for your help! I'd be lost with out it.
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I'd definitely go 609 over 509 but I guess that's up to you.. And the Sony will be fine for awhile. Not sure why people are telling you to buy a whole new system when you're getting FREE speakers.
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