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I have this receiver collecting dust because it doesn't have speakers.

Can anyone recommended a set that will work with it. My budget is $1000 but the speakers have to be small ones that can be mounted on the wall. My room is about 50sqft so I can't buy big ones till I PCS and get a house.
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Heres a package, plus it comes with a free powered sub right now, and free shipping. I love buying from Crutchfield.

I checked the details, you can add a powered sub for $300 and still get $300 towards a second sub. Those are 125w sattelites with the trick bi-polar rears. That'd be a rockin satellite setup for $800 shipped, and all the speakers are matched.

Even when you get a bigger place it would probably still be awesome. If your budget is really $1000, take the extra $200 and get some good cables and you'd be all set.

Polk is nice. My GrandAm has all Polk speakers and the clarity is amazing.

Also, you wouldnt even have to use them all. If your space is that small, you could just do a 5.1 setup and keep the other speakers packed away. 7 monitors + 2 subs would probably drive u nuts in that room anyway. If I had the money I'd jump on that combo tho.
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Thx man. I bought those.

What cables do you recommended? I know jack about speakers I just know about computers.
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Thx man. I bought those.

What cables do you recommended? I know jack about speakers I just know about computers.
Heres what I would buy...

1 or 2 rolls of standard speaker wire.

That speaker set has spring terminals. Little tabs you push down, then insert the wire, so you can use bare wire ends. No special connectors needed. But if you want to go the extra step, expose about a half-inch of wire, twist it tightly, then take a soldering iron and lightly coat the bare wire. You'll have a nice sturdy tip that wont corrode. If you cant or dont want to solder, Radio Shack and similar has little twist on pins you can use. But you'll still be able to enjoy your speakers regardless of what method you use. If you use bare ends, they will just get brittle if you mess with them alot, but if you leave them alone, their good for a long long time. And when they do finally wear out, you just cut half-inch off and expose fresh new wire.

Just decide how many speakers you will actually hook up and decide where you will place them. Decide how you will route the wire and buy your footage accordingly. Add a few feet so you dont end up stretching wires if you goofed. Using some string to mock up the install helps. Run your string like speaker wire, then measure the length of that.

I'm not big on the super exspensive stuff. Maybe if I had $10,000 studio-reference monitors, but I honestly cant hear the difference between good clean copper wires and those fancy $10/foot special cables. The expensive ones do have their place, but not in this application. At least not to me. If you want to ensure higher power handling and a bit more durability, get 12guage wire instead of 16. But I would be completely comfortable with the 16, your preference. I've run hundreds of watts on plain 16guage copper wire, for years at a time.

Sorry for all the ninja edits! I'm all over the forum this morning!
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I ended up getting the following:

Monster Cable® 600sw Interconnect cable for powered subwoofer $59.95
Monster Standard Speaker Cable 16-gauge, 50 feet
6 Pairs Arista Banana Speaker Plugs
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Yea, good call on the subwoofer cable. Forgot about that being a feed rather than just a speaker wire.

I'd love to know how this turns out for you. Be sure to post back when you get your toys!
    
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I ended up getting the following:

Monster Cable® 600sw Interconnect cable for powered subwoofer $59.95
Monster Standard Speaker Cable 16-gauge, 50 feet
6 Pairs Arista Banana Speaker Plugs
Nice job wasting your money :/

Monoprice = more than good enough cables.
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Nice job wasting your money :/

Monoprice = more than good enough cables.
+1 monoprice cables are excellent quality and very well priced. Hope you can still return that subwoofer and speaker cable.
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So I got the Speakers and Sub.

I hooked it all up, connected it to my laptop via HDMI and so far only the Sub works.

Can't get the speaker to work at all. Tried all the different decoders.
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So I got the Speakers and Sub.

I hooked it all up, connected it to my laptop via HDMI and so far only the Sub works.

Can't get the speaker to work at all. Tried all the different decoders.
Recheck your connections. Hopefully your amp isn't blown.
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