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I was thinking of buying these speakers and this amp since they would be a LOT better than this garbage 5.1 system I have and I don't even use 5.1 properly. The speakers I would prefer to buy at best buy since I get a nice price for them there if possible, but how are these looking for a beginning sound setup?

Speakers: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/5-1-4-bookshelf-speakers-pair/8828012.p?id=1207956903491&skuId=8828012&st=8828012&cp=1&lp=1

Amp: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C2P61FO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A37BAM3GYPV2H6

I went ahead and bought that amp since it was only $11 on amazon. My main question is the speakers.
Edited by bryce - 4/17/14 at 6:39am
    
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Stretch a little (about $125/pair) for the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers

It's impressive when a talented speaker designer such as Andrew Jones takes time off from designing $80,000/pair speakers to come up with a quality speaker costing less than $200/pair. It's even more impressive when he takes the time to revise and refine such an inexpensive design. Jones's SP-BS22-LR is a stunning achievement at $159.99/pair. Its sound is balanced, neutral, and involving, with no significant shortcomings. I'm scratching my head at how Pioneer can produce this level of quality at this price. Every audiophile—even well-heeled investment bankers—should listen to the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR, to hear what's possible for the fiscally challenged music lover.
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+1 for the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR

Nothing but good things for the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR

The Polk T15 is pretty meh
You will enjoy the Pioneer more.

Also for a sub look on parts express for the Dayton Audio Sub-1000, great sub for the price. Even the Sub-800 is great (that is what I use). The Polk PSW10 is also a fair choice for a Sub.


I have a old Lepai amp, they have pretty good sound quality. Just can't turn it up so high without distorting, But it is a pretty small unit and of course lacks some power. A nice Power Brick with plenty of amperage also helps get the most out of the Lepai.
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I went ahead and just bought the T15s since they were only $60 after tax and all. Seems a pretty good deal coming from Logitech X-540s 5.1 system in a 2.1 setup.

I will look at those other speakers for possibly my living room and the tv though.
    
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The Pioneers BS41's are on sale for $100 shipped on Newegg, BTW. And from all of the reviews I've read, they sound just as good, if not better, than other bookshelf speakers 3-4x its price

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117406

Also, a pair of the step-down model Pioneer SP-BS21 is on sale for $60, discounted from $129

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117405

Do your own research. But everyone who's heard/owned the BS41's have absolutely nothing but good things to say. It's seems to be a killer value. I guess you have these in mind for future reference. I'd definetly shell out the extra $40 for the step-up model though. I did.

Good luck
Edited by scatlm - 4/18/14 at 5:39pm
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I'm really tempted to just charge those BS41's on Newegg, I'm really close to and just returning these, its only $40 more.

Anyways, while I'm here, I am listening on the speakers I have (T15s) and they do sound a LOT better than what I had, I couldn't really see myself spending more for some though since I'm not an audiophile by no means. I guess they sound good just because I've had crap speakers before.

Still, I am tempted on those.
    
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You will be fine with the Polk T15's and the Lepai. wink.gif
    
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+1 for the Lepai and the Pioneers. But make the amp a favour and toss that PSU that came with it in the trash. Just upgrading to a known brand laptop adapter will improve sound quality a lot, and they cost like 15 bucks (a netbook adapter will do).

   
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Today's NewEgg Shellshocker sale has the standing Pioneers on sale form $300 to $129. I haven't heard them personally, but everyone is telling it's a steal. It's worth mentioning that you should try and listen to the speakers before buying. Polk also has some excellent options around the same price-point. Some people prefer Polk over Pioneer and vice-versa---it's rather subjective.

Pioneer SP-FS51-LR Floorstanding Speakers Pair:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117403
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I have the Lepai plus BS-21-LR's in my bedroom. I don't even need a sub to be honest. I couldn't be happier. I've heard the T15's, and I promise you'll enjoy the Andrew Jones speakers much MUCH better.

+1 to the Dayton sub recommendation too. SUB1000 or SUB1200 is where I'd go. Avoid the low end Polk sub, its no better than the Dayton SUB800.
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