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Hey all,

I have the following receiver:

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665788586


I would like to add some new speakers and a subwoofer to the mix. What are your suggestions? I would not like to spend more then $500. I listen to hardcore / punk / punkrock music, so anything to help in this genre would be helpful.

Thanks!
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Hi there,
There are a few questions that need to be answered first

1) About how big is the room? dorm/small apartment/dedicated home-theater room/living room/ massive man cave, etc?
2) Does the 'wife/girlfriend factor' play a big role in your decision?
3) Do you find $1000+ Bose sound systems to be awesome ?
4) When listening to music on your iPod/mp3 player, does 128kbps or 320kbps matter?
5) Is there a particular brand youre leaning towards?

In my humble opinion, people who listen to rock/punk, etc generally prefer Klipsch. It tends to have more of an 'in you face' punchy-sound that certain people enjoy because of the horn-tweeters.

Polk makes decent speakers for the price, but they were alot more impressive back in the 1970',80's, and 90's...

I would check out Aperion Audio. All their speakers systems are customizable to your needs, and have a 30-day in home evaluation, no strings attached.

Orb Audio is another alternative.

If you wanted to go super-bang-for-buck, get the Logitech Z-5500's (5.1 system). The subwoofer is a beast in terms of loudness. You can get everything for $300 new, or $200-$250 on Craigslist. Coulda sworn someone on OCN has a set listed for sale here.

Want to do more research?
Ecoustics.com reviews/info
Audioholics.com reviews/info
AVSForum's Speaker Section or Home-theatre-in-a-box section
Audiogon.com --- the eBay of home theater equipment + reviews/info

Me? OpIv/Rancid were my favorite bands years ago, but now I mainly listen to jazz of all types and other forms of elevator music.
My current setup: Pioneer elite receiver, Energy Connoisseur speakers, and Sunfire HRS-10.

Anyways, hope the info helps
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This is my setup.
(If you're looking for cheapest places use amazon, I'm just using B&H for a example)

Receiver: (160.00 @ Bestbuy)
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...annel_A_V.html

Front L&R
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...g_Speaker.html

Center
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...l_Speaker.html

Sub:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...owered_12.html

Back Surround:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Speakers.html


Its cheap & fairly good.
I got all of mine for around 500.00.


I plan to upgrade in a few years.
    
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Originally Posted by cozmo5050 View Post
Hi there,
There are a few questions that need to be answered first

1) About how big is the room? dorm/small apartment/dedicated home-theater room/living room/ massive man cave, etc?

I have a pretty big apartment, and will be moving into a house in about a year (at that time the speakers will be coming with me)

2) Does the 'wife/girlfriend factor' play a big role in your decision?

I have a fiance, but she listens to country so her arguments on a stereo system are invalid.

3) Do you find $1000+ Bose sound systems to be awesome ?

I think some bose stuff is neat, but I find it normally to be extremely overpriced for what you get.

4) When listening to music on your iPod/mp3 player, does 128kbps or 320kbps matter?

Absolutely. 320kbps / FLAC or death

5) Is there a particular brand youre leaning towards?

No, just want to get the best bang for my buck




In my humble opinion, people who listen to rock/punk, etc generally prefer Klipsch. It tends to have more of an 'in you face' punchy-sound that certain people enjoy because of the horn-tweeters.

Polk makes decent speakers for the price, but they were alot more impressive back in the 1970',80's, and 90's...

I would check out Aperion Audio. All their speakers systems are customizable to your needs, and have a 30-day in home evaluation, no strings attached.

Orb Audio is another alternative.

If you wanted to go super-bang-for-buck, get the Logitech Z-5500's (5.1 system). The subwoofer is a beast in terms of loudness. You can get everything for $300 new, or $200-$250 on Craigslist. Coulda sworn someone on OCN has a set listed for sale here.

Want to do more research?
Ecoustics.com reviews/info
Audioholics.com reviews/info
AVSForum's Speaker Section or Home-theatre-in-a-box section
Audiogon.com --- the eBay of home theater equipment + reviews/info

Me? OpIv/Rancid were my favorite bands years ago, but now I mainly listen to jazz of all types and other forms of elevator music.
My current setup: Pioneer elite receiver, Energy Connoisseur speakers, and Sunfire HRS-10.

Anyways, hope the info helps
Thanks for the reply. I have answered your questions in search of help!
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Sell your current receiver and grab whichever 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA capable system fits your budget. They are great starter systems and can be completely upgraded with better speakers whenever you have the money.

They should have something for 500.
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Sell your current receiver and grab whichever 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA capable system fits your budget. They are great starter systems and can be completely upgraded with better speakers whenever you have the money.

They should have something for 500.
I like the receiver I have, and my room is definitely not big enough for a 7.1
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