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if your ears cannot tell the difference then I wish I had your ears

This is very true. If you can't hear the difference, then upgrading quality won't do anything for you; but if you can hear the difference, then you should keep something in mind: you can never go backward. Once you've gotten used to listening to a high fidelity system, trying to revert to a lower budget/quality system is like claws on a chalkboard. As strange as it may sound, this isn't a joke: I can stand listening to lower-end speakers only for about 10 minutes or so now before I just have to either shut them off or distance myself so as to make it mostly inaudible.

Also keep in mind that while the price at which it happens varies, there is a clear-cut, day-and-night difference in sound between budget systems and hi-fi systems. Sales people have destroyed the term hi-fi, but it actually does mean something from a qualitative perspective. If I had to venture an estimate, the transition between a 5.1ch budget system and a 5.1ch hi-fi system is around the $4000 mark. Obviously, budget systems vary in quality just the same as hi-fi systems.


Rule #1 with all speakers and audio equipment: listen before you buy: no one's ears are the same.


The only way I know to get hi-fi quality at budget prices is to buy used or to build the speakers yourself if you're good at that kind of thing. Building speakers takes a lot of math and practice to get right though.
Edited by Electrocutor - 12/13/12 at 9:00am
post #12 of 24
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Thanks again, guys. I am definitely going to go to Best Buy and hhgregg and listen away and see what I think of different price levels.

From there, I'll figure out what price range we should go with. I never though this decision would be so tough, or expensive, but it is what it is and I'm tired on thin TV tinny crappy sound.
post #13 of 24
Scope out Craigslist. This time of year a lot of people are upgrading and you might be able to find some deals to help stretch your budget. You got to sort through the junk and over priced stuff, and do some calling and make offers.
post #14 of 24
You still have to keep your budget in mind. I always like to use the car comparison for reference.

Everyone wants a Mercedes, BMW or other high-end vehicle. Who wouldn't want seats that are custom fitted to your but...the most supple leather known to man and every luxury feature there is....but the $50,000 - $100,000 cost doesn't make owning one a possibility for all.

A KIA, Hyundai, Honda, etc. are wonderful cars as well. Sure - they may look like welfare rides sitting next to a bunch of high-end cars...but if your upgrading from the bus...then I'm pretty sure your happy.

Point is...if you don't already have specific needs...or an endless budget...the basic setup is gonna work and at least get you off the bus. Once you've had a basic set-up for a while...you'll know what it's lacking for your own tastes...and you will be able to upgrade based on personal experience.

That's the end of my 2 cents.
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post #15 of 24
I always recommend going for quality over quantity. Instead of trying to fit an entire 5.1 system into your $200 budget, spend that money on a 2.0 system for now; just get a receiver and two front speakers. That will already be a huge, huge step up from your TV's built-in speakers (if you've ever seen the speakers inside of a TV they are outrageously tiny, it's a wonder they can make any sound at all) and then as you save up more money, you can add a sub and the rest of the speakers to round out your surround sound setup.

Also, you'd be surprised how awesome a stereo system (with a subwoofer) can sound for TV, games and even movies. You really don't miss out on too much without rear speakers and a center channel isn't exactly necessary, either. I have a nine year old Onkyo home theater in a box and even though I have way, way more expensive gear these days, the Onkyo setup is still pretty nice. I can watch a movie in the room with the Onkyo speakers and I dont necessarily want to cry because I'm not listening to my Polk or Jamo systems. Onkyo offers incredible value for money and their stuff definitely lasts.
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post #16 of 24
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Okay guys, so I went looking at Best Buy so far with a DJ friend, although he has admittedly been out of the home theater game for awhile, but it definitely helped.

I noticed from the link to the Yamaha receiver that there is a system that goes with that line of receivers. I have my eye on the Yahama YHT-497 (originally the YHT-397, but small price difference had be liking the other better). $380 and it seems like a nice package. What do you guys think about that?
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Okay guys, so I went looking at Best Buy so far with a DJ friend, although he has admittedly been out of the home theater game for awhile, but it definitely helped.
I noticed from the link to the Yamaha receiver that there is a system that goes with that line of receivers. I have my eye on the Yahama YHT-497 (originally the YHT-397, but small price difference had be liking the other better). $380 and it seems like a nice package. What do you guys think about that?

Did you listen to it?
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post #18 of 24
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Did you listen to it?
Not this model. They didn't have it on display, but I'll be going to some other stores to see if I can find it on display and listen to it. I know, this is a very important part.
post #19 of 24
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Okay, so after much research and some listening in store.. I want to somewhat build a set, likely buying a 5 speaker set together, adding subwoofer and receiver.

I've had my eye on the Energy set and NewEgg has the 5 speakers minus the subwoofer for $130. Then I noticed the Jamo S 426 set of 5 speakers for $108, plus not having to buy 2 stands, but I'm unsure of the Jamo ones to this point.

Any recommendations regarding which one if any sounds like a good buy to me? Thanks.
post #20 of 24
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I now have my eye on the Polk Audio RM510. Any opinion on that for me? Thanks.
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