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They have infinite resources and info on the subject. I like many people started with a home theater in a box and then upgraded over time.
This is a popular choice and recommended by many people.
For $300 it can't be beat.
I was linking to the best bang for buck, but there's other good ones out there.
You want sleek small footprint? Fine. Energy.
Once again, it's still smacking around the Bose for under cost - and I personally think these look nicer still fitting in a small footprint being wall mountable.
Hmm, well my birthday is coming up and I have this brand new GoPro Hero 4 I will probably decide to sell which will pay for this entire purchase, so I'll invest.
I have to ask, even though it's probably not comparable. Someone in a review of the receiver said they bought this. Does that come close to having a 5.1 setup with the other speakers?
I just want to get the whole 5.1 setup now.
$160 Yamaha Yamaha RX-V377-R 5.1-Channel Factory Refurbished Network AV Receiver
$200 (Pair) Pioneer SP-FS52-LR Andrew Jones Designed Floor standing Loudspeaker
$127 (Pair) Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers
$53 Pioneer SP-C22 Andrew Jones Designed Center Channel Speaker
$80 Pioneer SW-8MK2 Andrew Jones Designed 100-Watt Powered Subwoofer
So maybe I doubled my budget, but eh.
Any suggestions now? Are the floor speakers and bookshelf speakers supposed to be used together or is it one or the other?
First off, thank you so much for your reply! I really appreciate it.
>Do you want a home theater for a living area
Yea, a home theater for a living area.
>Are you using a HTPC or a blu-ray/dvd player, streaming content or just for TV programs?
Basically just movies and tv shows, streaming from Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, as well as some movies/shows etc. I might get from online onto a USB drive. I recently bought the Sony XBR55X800B 4k TV that I will be using for it. I migghttt also look into gaming on the 4k TV with my gaming PC, but I'm not sure how well it flows as IIRC it can lead to some problems with video lag and such.
>Your receiver should be the one that has all the options/features you want for the lowest price.
Sorry, can you explain what a receiver is exactly? I tried googling it but its a little unclear to me. Is it just the device I'm using (in my case a TV)? Or is it something separate?
As far as the sound system goes, I think I want to keep it below a $1k budget. Someone on here in a different post mentioned a 5.1 system, and a brief search found me this on amazon (edit; sorry forgot to put link lol. Here it is.), $300, great reviews. What's you opinion on that set?
Do you have any recommendations to finding cheap theatre seats? Not crappy ones, but I don't want to drop thousands on them. Just comfortable reclining seats with cup holders really.
Basically, overall I'm looking for a home theater thats better than the standard couch+tv, but doesn't cost thousands and thousands of dollars lol.
These Energy's are the same price and suposed to be great (albeit I have not heard them).
I would like to second this. Plus, many PS4 games have excellent surround sound.
When you're ready for a starter 5.1 system, I highly recommend these speakers: Energy Classic 5.1 Bookshelf Speakers. They have a great price-for-performance and punch above their weight.
When I started my home theater in the living room, the receiver was my first purchase (awesome mis-priced sale at Best Buy, saved about $500 and got a much nicer receiver than I was originally planning). I picked up the front towers on sale as well and ran it like that for a few months. I added the center and rears as they went on sale, and finally the subwoofer. That setup is fantastic, I have under $1,000 invested and it is absolutely amazing for games and movies.
Approaching audio in this way gives us the same benefits as building our PCs: customization and upgrade-ability. You can start small and inexpensive and expand as budget allows.
One other note, I think one of your other posts mentioned you were worried about size/space. There are some great 'satellite' speaker systems that have amazing sound quality, like these Energy Take speakers. I personally prefer larger speakers, but if I had a smaller space I would probably end up with that set (plus a receiver).
This [link] will get you a 5.1 powered sub setup that does well. You're not going to shake the floor but it's a decent system. Get a good 7.1 amp, something like this, and upgrade the whole speaker set when you get a bigger place and have the cash.
I loved myEnergy Take system when I had it. Combine that with a $150 reciever, and $50 woth of cables, and banana plugs, and it will sound muuuuuch better then a sound bar.