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post #21 of 26
leighteam and jackofhearts495, I'm sure you both will be very happy with your purchases. Anyone who puts in the time and effort you guys are is almost always satisfied with what they decide to do.

The only other thing I can suggest is to actually audition what you are interested in. Trying to pick out sound equipment from pictures is a daunting task.

Yikes, leighteam!! Location: Chicago/Champaign. I've be been dealing with Audio Consultants in Evanston Illinois for decades. I've purchased both new and used, lo-fi and hi-fi stuff from them. Check their used equipment list (most is warrantied) online. They are extremely knowledgeable and their pricing is more than fair. They will audition whatever you want to hear. A trip to their store would be an invaluable experience, if just for the knowledge they will impart. And they have a very laid back sales style too. Recent purchases I made there were: Boweres and Wilkins DM-1 Speakers ($300)., A Teac Cassette deck ($65), and Grado GR-10 earbuds ($500). How many places will let you audition a cheap cassette deck and have a selection of extremely high end earbuds for auditioning?
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For an Amp I can recommend the Audiosource Amp-100 ($129 on sale from Amazon) if you want an A/B amp. If you want a Class D amp get the t-amp recommended above or a Dayton DTA-1. I'd recommend that and the best 2.0 speakers you can afford. If you *need* a sub either the Polk or a Dayton are probably going to be your budget subwoofer of choice - just be sure that they have a line level in / out on them. You can run from your source through the subwoofer (using its crossover) and then out to the amp and to your speakers. That's how I have my setup anyways:thumb:
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post #23 of 26
Being a Polk Audio owner myself I can suggest them. The Monitor 40 Series II and the 45B are basically the same thing, just updated looks. I believe I read somewhere they also updated the tweeters as well but cannot be 100% sure. Regardless, if you find the 40's on sale deeply do not hesitate to jump on them. $150 or less for a pair of those is a great deal.

The PSW10 I've not actually heard but I own two PSW12's and they are excellent for the price I paid ($169/each). Are there better subs out there? For sure but they will cost a lot more.

I also recommend going with a Yamaha receiver to pair with Polk Audio speakers, many Polk owners will say this as Yamaha's sound compliments the Polk speakers rather well. I own an RX-V773WA and love it! BTW, you can find cheap refurbished receivers like this one HERE.
 
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post #24 of 26
so if you buy a pioneer from newegg or amazon they basically are not authorized dealers and you wind up with no warranty.

on the other hand Yamaha has them as auth dealers so you get a warranty.


I own a large (about a dozen) number of vintage amplifiers/integrated amps and receivers and love vintage audio for stereo set ups, however begging of the year we needed a new av receiver for the living room after looking around we found a Yamaha RX-V573 for $300~ and I couldn't be happier with it it, it does very well with the HT duties but it actually sounds pretty (very) good with 2 channel audio as well.


i did listen to the Pioneer you are looking at when we got the yammy and I can say for my money i'd take the yammy anyday over it SQ was much better (imho) w/ my V573 vs the pioneer.

Yamaha also has a number of channel receivers and amps that might be worth considering

some other options (powered speakers) Newegg is carrying these now.. which are pretty fantastic for $270~

HiVi M50W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836140002


or you could go to some place like guitar center and listen to a number of studio monitors there (personally I like the Tannoy Reveal 501A and Mackie MR5mk3 for near~ $300ish)

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Mackie-MR5mk3-5--2-Way-Powered-Studio-Monitor-109318303-i3225360.gc?source=4WWRWXGP&gclid=CPWXsbro0LoCFaU5QgodVB0AkQ&kwid=productads-plaid^65675714922-sku^109318303@ADL4GC-adType^PLA-device^c-adid^27115114842


and then of course there are many other options


if you wanted to stay with passive speakers + amp you might think about something like the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 which you may well not need a sub with
http://www.amazon.com/Wharfedale-DIA101-ROS-WHARFEDALE-DIAMOND-ROSEWOOD/dp/B0079XG4TW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1383763876&sr=1-1&keywords=wharfedale


or the Cambridge audio S30 which are widely regarded as being quite good for their size and price.


I know you say you want to avoid used / vintage but right now I'm listening to some very nice gear that cost me $31.25~ (Kennwood KR-V106R ($20) and Monitor Audio Silver S1 speakers ($11.25) the speakers had a terrible black spray paint job when I got them I cleaned them up look like this now.




(black receiver to left // other receiver is Pioneer SX-3600 (awesome paid $70~ for it) speakers the natural wood ones towards edge other speakers NHT SuperZero's (used $50~ for pair) and Optimus PRO X44AV and Pro X5 speakers $10 a pair).
post #25 of 26
Hey man. My last chime in here.

I still recommend the audioengine or emotiva amp in my previous posts. With these amps you are paying for quality in build and in sound. No fluff, no gimmicks, just clean performance.

Home theater receivers at the same price will have many more features, at the cost of quality. That said, I'd recommend Yamaha equipment over Pioneer all day long.

Polk or Dayton sub wise, you're in the same ballpark. Either is fine.

Hope this helps.
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post #26 of 26
My 12" Dayton sub came in today and I hooked it up as per a suggestion in this thread.

Speaker A Posts on receiver >>> High level input on sub

High level output on sub >>> 45B's

Interestingly enough, it appears that the Dayton SUB-1200 doesn't have a high pass filter for its High level output, so I may just hook up my 45B's directly to the Speaker B posts on the receiver.
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High level outputs are paralleled to the high level inputs with no high pass filter
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