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Hey people. So my cousin wants a audio setup for his room and asked me, and I am completely lost. He wants a 5.1 setup, but is starting off at 2.1 and then going to add the 3 other speakers, so I already chose a receiver for him, but haven't ordered it yet. The receiver I chose is the Onkyo TXNR515, what do you guys think? A bit overkill, but I want some future proofing. Now for the speakers I have no clue of what to buy. So I guess I'm looking for recommendations. Anything under 250-300 max for the left right channel is fine. Also a sub that has kick to it. He is somewhat of a basshead. Cousin said it going to be used for 60 percent music, and 40 percent movies/tv. Center, and surround speaker recommendations are also welcome.

Thanks in advance.

EDIT:To clarify 250-300 is for front speakers only, budget for sub is another 250-300
Edited by labbu63 - 3/16/13 at 11:59pm
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Go to OnkyoUSA and look at their refurb section, great deals in there like this https://www.shoponkyo.com/detail.cfm?productid=HT-S7409&modelid=122&group_id=1&detail=1&ext_war=1. I bought my unit directly from them and will never buy new again.
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Go to OnkyoUSA and look at their refurb section, great deals in there like this https://www.shoponkyo.com/detail.cfm?productid=HT-S7409&modelid=122&group_id=1&detail=1&ext_war=1. I bought my unit directly from them and will never buy new again.

asked him about HTIB setups said he rather wouldn't get that. as for the receiver it is actually much cheaper on amazon.
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I think the dali zensor 1s would be a great buy for front left and right. . . . erm, they are rear ported though so will need to be away from walls.

http://www.whathifi.com/review/zensor-1
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Anything under 250-300 max for the left right channel is fine. Also a sub that has kick to it. He is somewhat of a basshead. Cousin said it going to be used for 60 percent music, and 40 percent movies/tv. Center, and surround speaker recommendations are also welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Is the budget 250-300 for just the front speakers, or the sub too? That makes a big difference.
If he likes bass, I would go with the Definitive Technology StudioMonitors. I heard they put out a lot of bass and go down to 26Hz.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882325059

Otherwise I would just go with the Polk New Monitor with the dual bass drivers. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290269.

A good surround sound system can easily be built around the Polks because there is a lot of variety to choose from that is all balanced.

A subwoofer that has a lot of kick is the 300 watt 12" Polk sub http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290130

Also a good center is of course Polk as well... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290274
Edited by aweir - 3/16/13 at 10:55pm
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Is the budget 250-300 for just the front speakers, or the sub too? That makes a big difference.
If he likes bass, I would go with the Definitive Technology StudioMonitors. I heard they put out a lot of bass and go down to 26Hz.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882325059

Otherwise I would just go with the Polk New Monitor with the dual bass drivers. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290269.

A good surround sound system can easily be built around the Polks because there is a lot of variety to choose from that is all balanced.

A subwoofer that has a lot of kick is the 300 watt 12" Polk sub http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290130

Also a good center is of course Polk as well... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290274

Yeah i have heard a lot about polks. Was considering those. Just that all this audio jargon is pretty confusing for me. I would like the front speakers to be under 300. Lower the better, but without losing great amounts of quality. I mean if there is very little difference between 200 dollar and 300 dollar speakers, I would choose the 200 ones as long as the difference it minute. The budget for the sub is 300. But again lower the better.
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Yeah i have heard a lot about polks. Was considering those. Just that all this audio jargon is pretty confusing for me. I would like the front speakers to be under 300. Lower the better, but without losing great amounts of quality. I mean if there is very little difference between 200 dollar and 300 dollar speakers, I would choose the 200 ones as long as the difference it minute. The budget for the sub is 300. But again lower the better.

you can get some killer deals on Polk bookshelfs in CA. Almost all the speakers I order online are coming out of CA.

Do you have room for tower speakers for the fronts? They would be a little more expensive, but would sound much better.

Polk Sub
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-PSW111-Subwoofer-Single/dp/B000P0528U

Polk Bookshelfs
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-TSi200-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B0018QRO9A

This setup would kill for music!!
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you can get some killer deals on Polk bookshelfs in CA. Almost all the speakers I order online are coming out of CA.

Do you have room for tower speakers for the fronts? They would be a little more expensive, but would sound much better.

Polk Sub
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-PSW111-Subwoofer-Single/dp/B000P0528U

Polk Bookshelfs
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-TSi200-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B0018QRO9A

This setup would kill for music!!

I agree with the suggestion for towers.

These would be killer for your price range: Jamo S426 Floorstanding Tower Speaker (Pair, Black Ash) Used, but in like new condition and about half price.

Polk Audio PSW505 12-Inch Powered Subwoofer (Single, Black) This for $189 us is a great deal. Not sure if the shipper does Canada, but worth checking as Amazon Ca. has a very poor selection of subs.
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you can get some killer deals on Polk bookshelfs in CA. Almost all the speakers I order online are coming out of CA.

Do you have room for tower speakers for the fronts? They would be a little more expensive, but would sound much better.

Polk Sub
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-PSW111-Subwoofer-Single/dp/B000P0528U

Polk Bookshelfs
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-TSi200-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B0018QRO9A

This setup would kill for music!!

I would love towers but as for now I don't have space for them. Maybe later on though. Those polk tsi200s are probably as big as i would go.

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I agree with the suggestion for towers.

These would be killer for your price range: Jamo S426 Floorstanding Tower Speaker (Pair, Black Ash) Used, but in like new condition and about half price.

Polk Audio PSW505 12-Inch Powered Subwoofer (Single, Black) This for $189 us is a great deal. Not sure if the shipper does Canada, but worth checking as Amazon Ca. has a very poor selection of subs.

By CA, i mean california.
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I would love towers but as for now I don't have space for them. Maybe later on though. Those polk tsi200s are probably as big as i would go.
By CA, i mean california.

Oh, well in that case, the 505 is a smokin deal.

And since you want some quality bookshelf speakers, here you go: MONITOR AUDIO MR1 BOOKSHELF SPEAKERS MINT IN BOX $200 if no one else bids, or $220 for buy it now. These are killer. My ex room mate had these set up in our living room paired with their sub and it was ridiculous thumb.gif. He owns his own AV company and Monitor Audio is his personal favorite right now performance/$$ in HiFi
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