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So, I bought this audio system a year or so ago... It's a Pioneer VSX-420 receiver and an Onkyo HTP-501 2.1 system. Paid 130€ for the Onkyos and 200€ for the receiver. I use it for basically everything: my PS2, PS3 and PC are all connected via digital audio (toslink for PS's, coaxial for PC), and I always considered it a pretty decent setup.
To my ears sounds good, but seriously, I'm not much of an audiophile and I'm not an audio hardware enthusiast. I sincererly don't know how it would compare with other models and brands of the same price range.
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if you think it sounds pretty dam good to you then thats what counts not alot of people can tell different between lets say a 250$ logitech setup or a $1000 setup
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if you think it sounds pretty dam good to you then thats what counts not alot of people can tell different between lets say a 250$ logitech setup or a $1000 setup

Well, to put it easily, I don't see how I should feel confident my system is a good one if it sounds good to someone (aka me) that doesn't have much experience with decent audio setups.
A friend of mine got those top tier Beats headphones, paid them 200+€. They don't sound bad at all, and he's confident it was a worth buy. Was there a better alternative to the Beats for that price? God, yes.
     
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Well, there is the difference between sound quality and your own sound preferences. Most people into high end audio folks will respect whether you like your setup or not. Anyway, it overall seems to be a pretty solid system for the price.
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Well, to put it easily, I don't see how I should feel confident my system is a good one if it sounds good to someone (aka me) that doesn't have much experience with decent audio setups.
A friend of mine got those top tier Beats headphones, paid them 200+€. They don't sound bad at all, and he's confident it was a worth buy. Was there a better alternative to the Beats for that price? God, yes.

Does your system sound good to you? If it does that is your starting point.
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Okay, here's the run down on your setup....

1) Your receiver is a low end Pioneer unit. It's not something I would typically recommend on a tight budget, but it does have ample inputs, which that's always a good thing. It's capable of maybe 40w RMS per channel at best. Not bad, but far from being good. The big thing its got going for it is the hookup capabilities. 40w RMS is technically "enough" power to drive just about any speaker, so it will theoretically work. It just won't get very loud and stay clean.

2) Your speakers....well they're cheap and low end. You already know this since you only paid $130 (your currency) for them, while the receiver was $200 (your currency). They feature a "whopping" 3" woofer, 1" tweeter that CLAIMS capabilities down to 60Hz (which I very highly doubt). The subwoofer is an 8" 50w RMS sub. Probably capable of down to about 40Hz as my best guess (it claims down to 27Hz, which is laughable honestly).

Now, don't take my words the wrong way...please. smile.gif But yes, it was a cheap setup. Could you have gotten more for your money? Perhaps if you sacrificed the receiver, and went 2.0. However given that you got 2.1, and a receiver out of the deal....its not all THAT bad. The money you paid for it was very well worth the experience into the audio world alone. Congratulations, your system officially is better than anything Logicrap makes, and its better than the Klipsh / Corsair PC speakers as well. Plus its got a TON of upgrade paths thanks to that receiver.

All in all, you made decent enough purchases there. It's all lower end, cheap equipment...but there's no shame in that. I run 3 pairs (6 speakers) of the Dayton B652's on my home theater myself ($30 bookshelf speakers). I'm a huge fan of bang per buck...and I feel you have gotten a very solid deal. It has lots of potential room to make it a LOT better. But as is...its not bad.
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Okay, here's the run down on your setup....
1) Your receiver is a low end Pioneer unit. It's not something I would typically recommend on a tight budget, but it does have ample inputs, which that's always a good thing. It's capable of maybe 40w RMS per channel at best. Not bad, but far from being good. The big thing its got going for it is the hookup capabilities. 40w RMS is technically "enough" power to drive just about any speaker, so it will theoretically work. It just won't get very loud and stay clean.
2) Your speakers....well they're cheap and low end. You already know this since you only paid $130 (your currency) for them, while the receiver was $200 (your currency). They feature a "whopping" 3" woofer, 1" tweeter that CLAIMS capabilities down to 60Hz (which I very highly doubt). The subwoofer is an 8" 50w RMS sub. Probably capable of down to about 40Hz as my best guess (it claims down to 27Hz, which is laughable honestly).
Now, don't take my words the wrong way...please. smile.gif But yes, it was a cheap setup. Could you have gotten more for your money? Perhaps if you sacrificed the receiver, and went 2.0. However given that you got 2.1, and a receiver out of the deal....its not all THAT bad. The money you paid for it was very well worth the experience into the audio world alone. Congratulations, your system officially is better than anything Logicrap makes, and its better than the Klipsh / Corsair PC speakers as well. Plus its got a TON of upgrade paths thanks to that receiver.
All in all, you made decent enough purchases there. It's all lower end, cheap equipment...but there's no shame in that. I run 3 pairs (6 speakers) of the Dayton B652's on my home theater myself ($30 bookshelf speakers). I'm a huge fan of bang per buck...and I feel you have gotten a very solid deal. It has lots of potential room to make it a LOT better. But as is...its not bad.

GREAT! I was exactly looking for an objective, expert and sincere rating thumb.gif
I didn't have much money to spend on an epic audio setup (I prefer WC gear biggrin.gif ) but I can certainly see the quality difference between random Logitech speakers and a low-end audio setup.
The receiver was kind of mandatory since I hook up everything to it.... I'm also considering an upgrade since I'm starting to need something that converts YPbPr to HDMI and keeps the overall quantity of cables pretty low.
Now, if I were to sell my setup, what would you usually recommend me (considering the above stated need of a receiver that converts component -> HDMI), in the low-mid end area?
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GREAT! I was exactly looking for an objective, expert and sincere rating thumb.gif
I didn't have much money to spend on an epic audio setup (I prefer WC gear biggrin.gif ) but I can certainly see the quality difference between random Logitech speakers and a low-end audio setup.
The receiver was kind of mandatory since I hook up everything to it.... I'm also considering an upgrade since I'm starting to need something that converts YPbPr to HDMI and keeps the overall quantity of cables pretty low.
Now, if I were to sell my setup, what would you usually recommend me (considering the above stated need of a receiver that converts component -> HDMI), in the low-mid end area?

I would suggest you to look into what Yamaha offers. They're by far my favorite mid range receivers. I don't follow them exclusively, I REALLY only look around at various receivers when I'm looking to buy myself, lol.

Yamaha, Denon, Onkyo, and Pioneer are all great budget to mid range receivers honestly, and you won't really go "wrong" with any of them if they have the features you need. I just have a preference to Yamaha, as they tend to have the best power output, and I have very large speakers. tongue.gif

For speakers....there's quite a lot to choose from honestly. We've got a thread going for the most recommended audio products here:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products/0_50

We're still working on the passive speakers and powered subwoofer sections. I believe we're also lacking on headphones amps right now too. But its a good starting point.
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Thanks! Yeah I already read the thread.. It's got a ton of info about soundcards and headphones but not much about what I'm looking for. Are there some big, popular forums out there stuffed with clear info? Like, you know, some sort of OCN for audio.

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Thanks! Yeah I already read the thread.. It's got a ton of info about soundcards and headphones but not much about what I'm looking for. Are there some big, popular forums out there stuffed with clear info? Like, you know, some sort of OCN for audio.
Wish I could rep you frown.gif

Check out avsforum, they have more information on sound theory and DIY ideas than you will ever be able to read. It is the OCN of audio: nice community members and TONS of good, free advice.

I currently have a pretty sweet setup including Polk Audio RTi A9s for my mains with th CSi A6 center and two 12" dual voice coils subs each pushed by a 900 watt QSC amp. Just be careful friend, becuase just like computers, once you get hooked in audio you will end up spending all your money there tongue.gif

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