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Can get new F10 Klipsch Synergy Set (everything but subwoofer) for $445 (Msrp at least $1200), are these worth it?

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Hi, I'm looking for my first surround sound set. I just got a 55'' Samsung LED and want a good 5.1 to go with it.

I've been looking in this forum and others for the past couple days to try and figure out what the hell I'm doing (total noob to the speaker world). I'm really sorry if this kind of thing has been discussed earlier, but I'm wanting to make sure I nab this deal while I can (if it's worth it).

For $445 I can get this set, minus the subwoofer which I can get for less that $300 on amazon.

I've heard so many mixed reviews about klipsch I don't know what to think. I went to Best Buy today to return some Bose computer speakers I foolishly bought and stopped in their audio room for a bit. The Klipsch speakers they had sounded pretty good to me, but I'm not sure what set they were and I'm sure they would cost more money than the synergy I'm looking at.

I'm used to a crappy box tv most of my life with no real experience of any kind with surround sound so I feel like almost anything I get will be a huge step up, but I would like to get a setup that is worth it and will last me years to come.

I'm totally open to suggestions about any other brands, etc. My budget for speakers is probably $700 and then a receiver not included in that. Overall, I don't want to spend more than a $1000 on the whole setup. I really want to be able to stream Spotify over the speakers and will probably use it maybe 60% music/40% TV/Movies.

Thanks for any suggestions! I really want to pull the trigger (or hold off) on this deal by the end of tomorrow so I appreciate all the help!

-MBC
Edited by MBCRox - 9/2/13 at 9:05am
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For $445...
... get for less that $300 on amazon.
I don't know what to think.
I feel like almost anything I get...
I really want to pull the trigger...

You, sir, are a prime candidate to buyers remorse. You're shopping with your fingers and your wallet, not your brain and your ears!

Some time spent in a stereo store (hopefully not Best Buy!) listening to different set ups from different manufacturers at differing price ranges will educate your ears. Spending some time reading reviews of what you have heard and what you think you would like to buy will educate your brain.

Having any sound system that you come to hate is worse than not having one at all.

Now sit down, take a few deep breaths, and start over.

ps: I'm a fan of Klipsch speakers. In my workshop I have a set of Heresys powered by a vintage tube integrated amp and sourced from a high end Denon CD player.
Edited by billbartuska - 9/2/13 at 5:02am
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Thanks for the reply (I'm a girl, btw wink.gif).

I know I need to go a store, but I'm still looking up places here in Detroit.
Your Heresys probably sound great, but they're like $850 a pair so that won't be happening anytime soon tongue.gif

I really wanted to get something out of all these Labor day sales going on, but it looks like I might just have to chill for a bit.
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Thanks for the reply (I'm a girl, btw wink.gif).

I know I need to go a store, but I'm still looking up places here in Detroit.
Your Heresys probably sound great, but they're like $850 a pair so that won't be happening anytime soon tongue.gif

I really wanted to get something out of all these Labor day sales going on, but it looks like I might just have to chill for a bit.

Sorry bout the assumption. And the Heresys are 850 each.

In the store tell them how much you want to spend, Bring some of your own music, sounds that you're familiar with. When you've listened to two or three different speakers ask to hear ones that cost half as much and some that cost twice as much.That will help you see the differences in the ways different speakers can sound.

The longer you shop, the more likely you'll be to get what you really want, and at a better price too.
They're your ears, treat them well!
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It all depends what type of sounds you are looking for to produce at home:

1. as close as possible to the original - voice, musical instruments, or
2. some sound that you enjoy listening.

1 is quite expensive... starts with a visit to your ear doctor for a cleanup, remodeling, sound proofing the listening room.... the rest on any audiophile website. A good headset would be a much cheaper option if you seek some immersion with the music. The recording studios use devices in the hundred of thousand of $$$ and still have to output music that is playable on smartphones or $2 earbuds; that is, even if you buy expensive audio equipment you don't get even close to the original source.

For 2, roughly, "will I enjoy listening to these speakers?" the only way to find out is to listen to them in the room where they will be set up, fed by the matching amplifiers, source etc. They will not sound the same in another room, another house, with a different amplifier, subwoofer etc. In other words, speakers are like shoes... you have to try them to see if they fit comfortably.

If I were you, just in case that I might not like the output, I'd look around if I can resell those speakers at a minimal loss or better - they'd make a nice family gift, too smile.gif
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You could also consider buying used speaker. I had a simmilar budget myself and over the last couple of months i purchased the following :

Polk RTI 12 (Front) - $320 for the set Craigslist
Polk CSi 3 (Center) - $40 Craigslist
Polk OWM 3 (Suround) - $70 Ebay (Polk Direct)
Paradigm Servo 15 - $350 Craigslist
Onkyo TX-NR 809 - $350 Amazon warehouse deals
Rotel RB-960BX power amplifier - $100 Craigslist (until i get a better amp for my mains)

Total cost $1,230.00 i know to replicate this will be impossible but you could do what i did and buy everything piece by piece.

It took me nearly 5 months to get everything i was very patient

PS the MSRP for the Klipsch F10 is way overpriced I personally like Klisch but i think its way to expensive and that's why i prefer Polk not as expensive but but you can get a quality set of speakers for much less and since this would be your first setup you shouldn't start to big and believe me when i tell you that this can be a really expensive hobby. and when you buy a sub woofer don't buy name brand go for HSU, SVS, Velodyne those are some quality subs don't buy polk, infinity or klipsch. and if you don't want to spend a lot and want to buy new you can purchase the BIC America F12 from amazon for about $200 an its a great sub for the price and great for a first sub. You can always seek advice over at AVSForums they are very helpful there and its a forum dedicated to home audio and video topics so you might find more information there (not trying to put overclock.net down here just referring some more help)
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