Home theater questions
Hey guys, I want to set up a surround sound system and not break the bank doing it. Im looking to spend somewhere around $500-800. I am more looking to get info on brands to look into. I know through all of the commercials and such they say Bose is the best, but from my understanding that is far from true. If you guys have any place to point me or any hints and pointers would be greatly appreciated :D.
I'd give the guys at avsforms.com a try. And you are correct about Bose they sweet spot certain frequencies to fool you into believing what you're hearing is correct. A couple things you'll need to ask yourself is , size of room , what type of movies do you like , does the wife hate bass, do you already have a blu ray player and reciever , is this for movies or music and video games too, do you like big systems with wires and giant speakers everywhere or do you like the stealthy look and want everything hidden? In the end I can honestly say go out and listen to stuff in your price range, but never settle on anything because the home theater upgrade bug can be just as bad as the paintball one. Sorry I didn't write more I'm typing from my phone.
crutchfield.com is a great place to go for audio needs. They have a good range of prices, as well.
I would agree with this. The prices are decent. The information they can give you is great. I am lucky because I am about 45 minutes from their outlet store so I get to shop for bargains on returned goods and closeouts.
Bose makes awful speakers. They artificially boost the highs and lows, which is why all their in-store demos involve marching bands - bass drums, cymbals. *BOOM! CRASH! BUY ME YOU IGNORANT BASTARDS!* (pet peev)
A $500 "surround" sound system is going to sound like ***.
A FAR better option:
Buy one pair of NHT SuperZeros and a well matched, musical subwoofer.
Hook that up to a TWO CHANNEL amp and route whatever devices you've got through that.
Later, as you have more money to invest in the system, buy three more NHT SuperZeros, one for centre channel, and a pair for your surrounds.
In the meantime, instead of muddy, bass heavy, vague, messy AWFUL sound from 5+ speakers, you'll get shockingly amazing sound from two.
For what it's worth, the stereo imaging and transparency from the NHT SuperZeros is so good, you may forget you don't have surround. They'll fool you.
I used to have five SuperZeros and matching SW2P sub. Now, I've scaled back and I'm using a miminalist two channel amp, two SuperZeros and a smaller sub. I don't miss the surround - because it still sounds like surround.
Yes. quality bookshelf speakers is where it's at. I bought some from elementaldesigns, and have a center channel speaker from them as well. Everything they made was golden as far as i'm concerned.
Unfortunately, they got hit with the economy and were unable to stay open. Apparently a lot of customers are out of money too, because of it; truly a sad thing :( Even more sad because I never got a chance to buy more speakers from them.
For the budget minded, I'd do some research on Parts Express. They have monthly packages for their monthly enclosure builds (which every one can be referenced), a great forum filled with very knowledgable people, and some really good prices on awesome speakers.
Excellent ideas. I think im going to look into the bookshelf speakers. Ill get a really good quality sound plus my wife cant complain that there are speakers all around the room :).
CJOttawa when you talk about the 2 chan amp, is that the same thing a receiver does? Sorry for the dumb question, Im an audio newb...
From looking around it looks like yes, a receiver has an amp in it :). But does the type of receiver matter? I know you said a 2 channel one, but how much does brand change the quality of the sound?
This will be a big learning experience.
There are actually very high end single channel amps built to only drive a single speaker (you need one for every speaker).
A "receiver" usually refers to a device with a radio receiver in it but often gets used interchangeably with "stereo". You can buy a receiver that does nothing but tune radio stations and would need a separate amplifier or amplifiers but most of us buy an integrated receiver/amp.
Integrated amps generally have an AM/FM receiver, a method of switching between inputs and an amplifier all built in.
AV receivers will also switch video inputs.
What I'm suggesting is skipping the video switching AV receivers because, in the $500 price point, you'd be making huge compromises to quality versus a basic, audio only, integrated, 2-channel receiver.
I'm using a fairly minimalist Teac integrated amp that seems to be out of production, the AG-H300 mark III:
It's about 4 inches tall by 8 inches wide, has several inputs, a built in AM/FM tuner and pretty much nothing else.
If I were buying now, I'd look at their newer models:
Product: NP-H750 | TEAC
Another brand to look at is "NAD".
One more thing: don't be afraid to buy used! You'll get way better deals than new and most audio equipment has one of two conditions: "working" or "broken."
If I could find this Teac used, I'd jump:
(iPod/iPhone compatible, USB, memory card slot, built in CD player, AM/FM etc)
Once again, that's not an AV receiver - it's just audio, so all the money goes to good audio not a bunch of video switching circuits.
My NHT SuperZeros were used (about $50 each) and my sub-woofer is a used Axiom EP-125 which I ended up getting for free by low-balling the seller and selling off a pair of speakers that came with it.
The trick is to Google every model of gizmo you're looking at to see how they review. (by audiophiles, not Consumer Reports) Also be sure to test the gear before buying so you know there's nothing wrong with it - or take a friend who knows their stuff.
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