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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.
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.
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).
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.
These Energy's are the same price and suposed to be great (albeit I have not heard them).
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.
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?
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.
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.
Sorry, they're spare from this set. https://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44
Serious but embarassing question: how do these compare to the front L/R in the Energy Take 5 setup that they'd be replacing if I went for the Jamo speakers?
I can't see that post, but I've used these Energy Take 5.1 for about 6 years now and they've been really good.
Yes, you'll definitely need an AVR. Additionally, I think you should be building a 5.1 system.
A 5.1 system essentially means 5 speakers, plus a subwoofer to handle the low frequencies. Most speakers don't do a good job of reproducing the deep bass because it's fairly difficult, so parting that job out to a subwoofer is usually a good idea. The other 5 speakers are the front Left and front Right that you'd have in a typical stereo setup. The center channel is important (it's the 3rd speaker across the front, located in the center, naturally) particularly for TV and movies, as most of the dialog, and frankly much of the entire audio track is piped there.
In a 5.1 system, the last 2 speakers are the left and right rear surround. They provide ambience and rearward sounds for movies, and can fill the room better in a multi-channel stereo setup for music. 5.1 is usually a better option than 7.1 in a small room as the couch is up against the rear wall, which would make the side surrounds for 7.1 systems too far forward to help.
See BeardedAlbatross's suggestions for an AVR, but also consider used items. For example, you can get the excellent Denon AVR-1712 (from 2012) for under $150. And I'll concur with his recommendation on the importance of getting a center channel speaker.
I'll add that you might wish to consider a complete system with smaller speakers, especially since your Mom seems a little concerned about the price. Also the speakers are small (except for the sub). This will probably help with your Mom, though not so much with your brother. With a decent satellite based system, you won't give up that much versus a tower and surround system though.
More specifically, the Energy Take 5 Classic is a great system and will handle mild home theater, gaming, and music very well. The very, very similar Monoprice Premium 5.1-Ch. Home Theater System with Subwoofer is thought to be nearly a direct copy for only $180, on sale now for only $140.
You give up some frequency response for stereo listening, and you may be able to localize some of the higher subwoofer sounds (still pretty low), as the sub will have to play up to 110 or 120 Hertz. It would be slightly better to have the satellites play down to 80 Hz, as below that point, human ears can't really localize the direction of sounds.
I suspect that this would be all your family will need for now, but if you get the itch to upgrade, you could do it in pieces. It's important for the front speakers to match each other (the front left, front right, and center) should be from the same family. But the sub can come from anyone, and the rears will be fine for TV games and movies. It's only multi-channel stereo that you might see a noticeable improvement by matching the rears.
So later on, you might upgrade to a better center with matching towers, and/or a better subwoofer, but I really think this system would suffice for a long time to come.
If you must have 5.1 I'd suggest:
Energy Take Classic 5.1
Add some speaker wire and a surge protector and you'd be done. It wouldn't have the wireless rears that you wanted.
I think you should consider doing a stereo setup and then adding in the remaining components to get your 5.1 as you can afford them. You'd end up with a better system in the end, albeit for more money.
This 5.1 system [link] or [link] or this 5.0 system [link] at $200 plus a sub for $100-150 like [link] or [link] or [link]
I was looking at this
[link] and this [link]
I am wondering if there is a big mismatch on power between this and the receiver, though.
Don't need the subwoofer, so don't want to throw out the cost more.
I had a set of their speakers for 3 years, was good, but three of the speakers died.
I contacted them to get replacements and the costs...to replace the speakers were more than I paid for a brand new entire system.
Sadly, it was discontinued by the manufacturer.
That's what I have at current, the center and two rears burnt out.
Energy wants 149.99 for a new center and 99$ for each side(I paid 220$ for the set new, on Amazon 3 years ago.)
Already got a good subwoofer, don't need another.
Or if anyone has suggestions for a different set in the 200-250$ price range of similar quality.
thats actually what i was going to do thanks! i was going to put them on a wall behind me. Your pic is giving me a 404 error btw
Do you think these items would be good purchases?
What else would I need to purchasE?
[link] + avr
The best 5.1 in that price range is the energy take classic 5.1, [link]
I would like to push these to u: [link]
A reciever will take you to $500 or more unless you are comfortable purchasing refurbished from an authorized dealer like accessories4less.
This is a very safe buy in the current receiver market: [link]
Ya seriously, these: [link] or these speakers: [link] would cream what u have now
Going with the AVR you suggested. For my situation, would you go with a pair of hvl-1's and possibly have to wait a year or two to "add on" or go with this energy 5.1 system?
[link] is a highly recommended one and pair that with [link] and you have yourself quite the setup.
In general stereo works best with a PC because of the ease of placement and usually those are self powered, so no extra receivers/amps needed.
I am in the same boat you are. I have settled on this set of speakers but can't decide which receiver I want.
Energy take classic 5.1
Does your laptop even support 5.1? Most only have stereo output.
I am currently saving money to buy a home theater system in a few weeks.
my budget is about $450 for a receiver and and $300ish for a 5.1 surround system.
The receiver I am currently looking at is the Denon X2000 - I compared a lot and this seems to have a bunch of features for the price.
and for the Speakers I have been drawn to the Energy Take Classic 5.1 setup mostly due to the reviews on Amazon, Cnet and other sites.
I am pretty set with the receiver but want to know if there is anything else you would recommend for a 5.1 speaker system under $300?
Edit: I am trying to stay away from floor speakers because I have a 1 year old son running around. Whatever Sub I get will go ontop of my entertainment center.
I loved my energy 5.1 take classic. Can be had on amazon for 350ish. Ran flawlessly so I upgraded to energy connoisseurs all the way around, no regrets there either.
Edit, looks like the price is back up to 399
I'm not clear why you would push them toward tower speakers. If they want Bose, they most likely want smaller speakers. I'd recommend something like the Energy Take Classic set.
Add a decent receiver that supports 4K UHD and you are good to go. Probably for less than the Bose.
These speakers (in the past on sale for as little as $250) and this receiver plus some 14 or 16 gauge speaker wire.
But consider starting with a higher quality 2.0 setup and building piece-by-piece. Check out /r/zeos.
If you don't mind spending a bit more....Denon 1513 + Energy Take Classic