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Alright, so I am looking to put together a fairly simple 2.1 stereo system that is capable of connecting to and controlling Apple/Android (specially, an Android) devices. I have a fairly good idea of what speakers I want for the stereo, however, I'm having trouble finding a decent receiver. So far, the Yamaha RX-V373 has the features I am looking for (and many I do not need); however, I'd like to find something simpler than that with a smaller price tag. This unit will stay in my garage and provide tunes (hard rock, heavy metal, etc.) for me and my friends when we are chilling outside or working on something. I'd prefer to spend less than $150, but I guess my max budget would be $200.

TL;DR.
1. Budget is $200 max, but less than that would be great.
2. Music taste is hard rock, heavy metal, metal. Bands include Coheed and Cambria, As I Lay Dying, Between the Buried and Me, Dethklok, Mastodon, Protest the Hero, etc.
3. Desirable perks are USB input with ability to control an Apple/Android device (Android device specifically), 2.1, great highs and mids, decent bass/lows.
4. I have no products so far, except the Android device and the music. I have an idea of speakers and a receiver (Yamaha RX V373), but was wondering if people knew of any that were cheaper because they didn't come with features I am not interested in.
5. Stereo system in my garage for rocking out while partying, working on cars, etc., or just chilling outside.
6. I live in the US. I'm okay with Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, Newegg, Tiger Direct, etc.

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How are you wanting to connect the Apple/Android product?

Through bluetooth or do you not care as long as you can plug it in?

Unless you need it to charge at the same time the best option for a low price would be to go to radio shack and get an AUX to composite splitter and just plug the android device in via the headphone jack.

Get a used receiver as cheap as you can and some used speakers and sub(s).

This would keep your system simple and cheap and sound better than if you went with all new products....Metal has alot of bass in it so you will want a good subwoofer anyways.
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I'd like to be able to connect the device using USB so that it can be charged as well as the receiver itself can control the Apple/Android device. I want to be able to change songs, playlists, etc. by using a remote or whatever instead of having to go over to the stereo, unlock the device, and open the music app if it is not immediately on the screen each time one song comes on that I want to skip.
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I'd suggest either using a larger receiver for your in-home system with a second zone that you run to the garage, or just having the receiver indoors and run the speaker wire into the garage. You'll also want to use speakers designed for outdoor use. Corrosion from moisture is your enemy here.

A few things to keep in mind:
- Check out the Sonos system; you could use it to deploy house-wide, including the garage, have all rooms in sync, etc. Unfortunately, this would not fall into your less than $200 criteria.

- Insects will climb into the air ports on speakers and make nests; particularly spiders. That means you either want sealed speakers or ones that can easily be taken apart.

- Certain types of metals resist corrosion better than others, certain materials are more prone to damage from humidity than others, and certain materials break down in the presence of ozone. If you decide to not get outdoor speakers, be sure to pay attention to the materials used in the drivers.

- If you must have the receiver in the garage, try to keep the number of exposed buttons and potentiometers to a minimum: the more that is digital, the less likely you'll run into damage from corrosion.

- Test using a subwoofer before buying one: most garages have enough things that are loose and rattle a lot to want to avoid very low frequencies. Perhaps 2.0 speakers with a good bottom end would be better than using a subwoofer.
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