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What do you guys think of this setup, i found a nice set of Event 2020 passive speaker in excellent condition and would like to build a clean high quality relaxing environment where i can sit back, drink a few cups of Rémy and enjoy good music. Am still a noob when it comes to monitor speakers but is this enough to enjoy on the weekends? I got a budget of $800 just in case i can get something better

Onkyo TX-N515 $350
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR515-7-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/dp/B0077V88VI

Alesis Monitor 1 MKII Passive Monitors-$180
http://www.amazon.com/Alesis-Monitor1-MKII-Channel-Monitor/dp/B0002A2RTU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1364526084&sr=1-1&keywords=Alesis+Monitor+1+MKII+Passive+Monitors

Used Event 2020- $130
post #2 of 5
Enjoy good music and 7.1 don't go together.

You'd be wasting money on frills you really don't need, or want. A good 2.0 or 2.1 system will get you much better sound for the same money. And you do realize that $1000 will get you in at the bottom of decent stereo systems. I'd forget Amazon and start looking on ebay, audiogon or USAudio for good used equipment.

And I hope you're not counting on FM as a high quality source.
Digital files, Apple Lossless, Flac, etc. are where it's at now.

People with $50,000 systems are hooking them up to computers just to get source material. Here's an example of where people are going Mac Mini modified for music.
Edited by billbartuska - 3/29/13 at 3:35pm
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FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
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Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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post #3 of 5
For best sound for your money I always recommend starting with 2.0 moving to 2.1 and adding from there.

Onkyo makes some of the best receivers for the money and I personally enjoy my father-in-law's onkyo more than I do my Yamaha.

I am not familiar with the speakers you are listed at all but I would recommend building some speakers if you can the tools for best bang for your dollar. If you cannot do that, then Internet Direct companies such as SVS and Axiom can give you very high value. The downside is that you cannot listen to them before you buy.

I disagree with Bill though as 2 channel music has limitations to it just like 5 and 7 channel does. Many SACD discs are meant to be played with 5 channels playing and can create a very good "you are there" experience. However, you generally need a much bigger room to truely enjoy a 5 or 7 channel setup.

If you are interested in building speakers www.diysoundgroup.com has alot of kits available for a good price. There is also www.linkwitzlab.com, I would recommend the PLUTO+ system. However, these need to be further in the room to also be fully enjoyed, but they can be moved easily.
post #4 of 5
1. Acoustics is everything. The placement of things and the layout of your room has a much larger affect on sound than anything else unless you use _really_ low quality speakers. Consider using a bit of room conditioning if it's needed and be sure to observe the basics like equilateral triangle setup and what not.

2. I agree with the other posts about starting out with the best 2.0 system you can and going from there. Personally, if my budget was around $800, I would try to squeeze into buying the Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1 (http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/SRM1/srm1.html) using a coupon or something; but my ears are not yours, so you may think differently.

3. At this price level, it's all about putting money into the speaker, not the electronics.
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Thread Starter 
Sadly monitor speakers are not for me, I been doing a lot of research and the best way to get something decent is to buy a set of vintage audiophile speakers, i already have a few in mind from brands like JBL, Bostom Acoustics, Polk, Kef and a few more. Am thinking of going with a pair of 10 inch speaker and a center speaker and don't know if i should i keep the Onkyo TX-N515 on my list. Also i don't use CD's but don't worry most of my files are in 256-320kbps and i have a few song that are Flac. My brain is about to pop from all the research i been doing thumb.gif
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