Five feet of speaker wire is not as much as it sounds and 8ga is serious overkill for that setup. You can get terminated speaker wire or an entire spool for not much more. You will hear no difference with 16ga wire and you get so much more.
They make tv stands with built in TV mounts. Ikea has one for their Besta line of furniture. Something like that should allow you to raise the TV and put speakers below. It looks like a wall mounted TV without needing to drill holes in the wall. Here's the Ikea version:
Another option is to get a universal VESA TV stand and raise the height of the TV. Here's one example:
And a final suggestion: I don't care if I get downvoted for suggesting this, but I was in a similar situation and went with a Bose Soundtouch soundbar. Zero regrets. I figured if I'm going to go down the downsizing path, I might as well go all-in and have a simple, clean setup. It sounds great for a soundbar, especially a Bose one. It's pricey, but there are cheaper options available like the DefTech W Studio and Studio Micro or Sony HT-Z9F.
Obligatory get some foam blocks under those speakers
Awesome looks great!
Just $6 to the budget for some of these for the top of your media cabinet and you’re set!
Disclosure: Micca sent these free for me to review. I have too many speakers so that doesn't sway my reviews. Micca has always been helpful before I started reviewing products and I am happy with the products I've purchased from them in the past; that does sway my review. Also, my video has affiliate links in the description that help to fund my channel. If you would like a link to the Micca RB42 that is not an affiliate link, here it is: https://www.amazon.com/Micca-RB42-Reference-Bookshelf-Speaker/dp/B07JC416LG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=rb42&qid=1554468373&s=gateway&sr=8-1
They look like Audioengine HDP6 speakers.
isolation stands/pads and that's about it. If you want to get fancy look into a better DAC for your PC, but that's not a biggy. I would just get a pair of isolation pads like these, but if you wanna get fancy you could get these.
Those are great speakers though and if you're trying to keep the setup low-key then you're doing a good job.
I have never had one of these, but have worked on many two and three head Nakamichi decks of the era...
Definitely could be that the control motor is stuck in a "dead spot", this is very commonly the issue with Nakamichi of this era
Here is the service manual - all you need is a free login to the site in order to access the downloads.
Basically there is a reel motor, a capstan motor, and a third motor that moves the internal leaf spring switches into their various positions to set the operating mode.
When these decks are stored for a long time, that control motor gets stuck.
So a little spray of DeOxit D5 into the internals of the motor, followed by rapidly jogging the motor between play / pause / record / stop &c. will most likely knock it loose and get it running smoothly again.
99% of the time, this is what has gone wrong with mid-late 80s Nakamichi gear.
Other than that - the belts seem to hold up very well over time. But the idler tires can need looking after in some cases.
Good Luck - you made a hell of a score.
This is it chief (edifier)
I assume you want them to not be deep since you're putting them against a wall, so that doesn't leave you with a whole lot of options, since most speakers have rear ports. These are front ported though so you're good.
If you're feeling weird, you can make this pair of Passive Aggressive speakers as well.
Then I would just get a small BT speaker (those I listed are 2 of the best for cheap) or if you really want something that looks and sounds like speakers the cheapest option I can think of would be Micca ON3.
The 5" JBL 305P MKII are currently $89.10 on Amazon. Lowest price ever.
JBL 305P MkII 5" 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor (new model) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077N2GQXC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_-RM9BbEJACK3K
Everyone needs to read the product description on their official AliExpress store. Absolute gold.
50 Hz for $50. That's not a lot of investment for not a lot of sub.
Plus, there's also about $18-20 of shipping. If not for the shipping, this might be a reasonable way to supplement the output of some small speakers. And it is a nice enough looking box. However, reviews are definitely mixed. Many have a hum issue, and sound quality is not first rate, ($500+) or even second rate ($125-300), but some do indeed like it for the price (see amazon reviews). Even someone who paired it with some BS22s. Not much info available outside of the amazon reviews.
If your expectations are low, and you don't get the hum issue, this could be a nice little box to go from nothing to something with. But don't expect your journey toward bass to end with this.
You can get 5 pairs of banana plugs for $8 from monoprice, and they come in bigger packs for even lower unit price.
While they can't improve sound over an otherwise decent connection, they do make a decent connection and are convenient. I've heard that spades are slightly better though. Still pretty cheap.
I think at those prices you are better off making your own.
Grab a couple of these https://www.amazon.com/BXI-Sound-Absorber-Absorption-Polyester/dp/B077Q2HYMW/ref=sr_1_31?crid=3OS9QHQONBYG3&keywords=sound+dampening+panels&qid=1564503321&s=gateway&sprefix=sound+damp%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-31
Build wooden frame boxes. Go down to your local old lady fabric shop and style them up nice by stapling the fabric to the front of the panel.
You need PA gear. And you have a wildly unrealistic budget for that level of SPL. It's not entirely you, but I'm not sure why people think insane audio requirements can be had for almost nothing money-wise. It's like asking for a car that does 0-60 in 2.5 seconds but only wanting to spend $1000.
This will probably get you what you need, but, of course, you haven't really explained what it's for. "Outdoor music" doesn't tell us much. Are you throwing parties? Chopping wood 200 yards from the house? Digging a pit for bodies? The can't wear headphones or "carry anything" is also vague and weird. Is this for a construction company? And yes, this is as close to what you want for the cheapest you can get it. If you can can't spend $200 for extremely loud outdoor music, you need to re-evaluate something in your expectations.
Cable Matters Tamper Resistant Duplex Receptacle 15 Amp Electrical Outlet with Wall Plate in White
If you mean something like a desktop computer system like logitech those are generally looked down on around here for not being worth their price.
You could get the Micca advanced and a small amp to power them.
I'm not sure about which amp to recommend though there are plenty of choices on amazon. I'm kinda partial to smsl but I don't know what opinions on this sub are.
Something like this would allow you to hook it up with your aux with just an adapter (aux -> rca) and should power your speakers fine.
Going a route like this makes your system much more upgradable in the future if you decide to get a sub or something. The speakers are a great start to build upon IMO.
That is a lovely setup. Congrats.
If I may, I do suggest you buy Isolation Pads to decouple the speakers from the lowboard.
Headphones? Headphones? The guy asked for a bluetooth speaker.
You came into my thread and recommended something completely different than what I asked for as well.
What is wrong with you?
I'd consider one of these two after a quick amazon search:
No idea how good either will be though. Portable bluetooth speakers are pretty bad.
I recently got this one for my garage to replace an old AVR that was on it’s last legs and it’s an awesome little ass kicker. BT works flawlessly with great range and it drives my outdoor Polks nicely.
Sennheiser HD 598 Cs Closed Back Headphone https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JP436TS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_GYpDybMNZX838
$115 new, $80 used through Amazon Warehouse. Don't get the standard 598 if you plan on using these outside of home. These are the Closed version that doesn't leak sound out.
There is no catch and they'll work fine. $300 speaker cables are bullshit. Keep in mind you'll have to buy two for a pair of speakers. I've even used the crappy copper-clad aluminum stuff without issue.
For reference, I've used these Mediabridge cables sold through Amazon and they work fine.
How big is your room? What are you using this system for primarily - music, movies, video games? A mix? Are you looking for a 2.0 system (two front speakers only), a 2.1 (front speakers plus subwoofer), or something bigger (adding in another front channel speaker, subwoofer(s), etc.)? Are you located in the US or elsewhere? See below for some start-up recommendations, from a fellow newbie located in the US..
You'll need a receiver for your speakers - here's a good, budget-friendly recommendation - Denon AVR-S530BT 5.2 - that gives you the option to grow if you want to add more speakers later on
You'll also need some speaker wire to connect your speakers to your receiver - this will work fine:
You'll probably need an HDMI cable to hook up your receiver to your TV. If you have one already, you'll be good to go. Otherwise, Amazon or any other electronic retailer will have one for you.
If you want more bass, you'll need a subwoofer. Depending on your budget, a BIC Acoustech F12 ($212) or a PL-200i ($300) are often recommended around here. I picked up mine from Amazon.
Also consider some speaker stands so that you can position your bookshelf speakers at the correct height/location depending on your desired listening location.
That's really all you need to get started. There are tons of more recommendations/options out there - just throwing out what I recently learned when getting my set-up going. Good luck!
In case it wasn't made clear, and if it was, I apologize, but record players need their own preamp specific to record players because of the RIAA curve.
So if you buy a preamp, it needs a phono pre as well. The preamp you have selected below is a line-level pre-amp, which isn't going to be enough, or maybe too much. I'll try to explain another way.
Let's think about the signal path. You have an amplifier, which needs a line-level input to go. That's where a pre-amp comes in. If you have a line level pre-amp like the one you linked, you'll still need a phono pre-amp to get to line-level. Some turntable have this built in; some do not. Most people agree that the ones that are built-in aren't any good, BUT: if you get one that has a phono pre-amp built in, you won't have to get another phono pre-amp, but you'll still need a line-level pre-amp for gain (volume control).
The best thing to have is a line-level pre-amp with a phono stage built in. It will have several inputs (like for your computer or a tape deck) and a way to switch betweem, and a big ol' volume knob to control how hard you want to party. Kinda like this thing:
Does that help?
Have you seen Zeos's "Boombox" made with a pair of Micca speakers? You could build one of those and attach a bluetooth receiver
You can try adding ABX comparator to Foobar2000, see if that's what you want.
You can find a decent overview of how to set up foobar here.
Instead of particle board for stability, what about using these 90 degree metal braces?
I think the JBL LSR305 are the best value. Sometimes you can catch them for $250/pr or less.
They're $276/pr on amazon right now.
Also these 5" Mackies for $220
I couldn't have said it any better than this dude. Definitely get this speakers off the surface your turntable is on, probably causing major feedback.
How does it sound? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the table, preamp and speakers.
Check out these awesome little guys!
This monoprice speaker wire is all you will ever need, adjust gauge for distance needed:
Monoprice has both in stock, can order from them direct or get the monoprice brand on amazon
Get some angled speaker foam so the center channel is tilted upwards slightly. $15 later, you have the best of both worlds (good audio, good viewing angle). LINK
Speaker placement will make everything sound NEW! Everyone likes free upgrades BUT if you feel the need to buy something this might do the trick
I went with these, which are practically identical and a third of the price. Perfect size for my Airmotiv B1 setup.
The easiest and least expensive solutions would be the following:
A USB to Toslink/Coxial bridge:
While you'd be bypass the Denon's DAC with it, an Apple USB to 3.5mm dongle is an excellent choice that will output transparently to 24/48:
I would say most definitely skip out on the Teac unit if you're looking for performance and bang-for-the-buck rather than small size. Grab a cheap 5.1 receiver from Amazon like the Denon AVR-S510BT. You can go even cheaper if you go for a refurbished unit from Accessories4less. A home theater receiver gives you power, room calibration (if you want to use it), and real bass management with low and high-passed filters. You still have optical inputs if you have digital sources. Just plug it into a tv or monitor for initial setup to navigate the menu and set initial crossover settings.
I had your exact same problem with two different studio monitors. I have an external DAC and that did not help the solution at all. Most likely you are getting a ground loop. Get a ground loop isolator off of amazon and try that first. It is the cheapest solution and that has the highest chance of working over getting a new DAC, using different outlets, getting an external power supply, etc. as I have tried all those other options and they did nothing.
You can get the Mpow Ground Loop Isolator from amazon here for $9:
Anything like this. Read the manual make sure it does what you need it to do. https://smile.amazon.com/Rolls-MX42-Stereo-Mini-Mixer/dp/B00102ZN40/
From what I can find, these both seem to be very decent components, and on top of that they’re gorgeous (to me at least). You should have no issue as long as they both function, they seem to be well built.
If you want to go the much cheaper but lower-fidelity route, you can get a aux to RCA cable, plug the RCA end into the outputs labeled auxiliary, and the aux end into your phone/laptop/whatever
If you want to go the more expensive and higher fidelity route, I think the current agreement on the best budget DAC is the Schiit Modi 3, where you plug the DAC into your computer via USB and then use a standard RCA cable from the DAC to the receiver
Edit: this seems to be double posted, but no worries. The guys in the other post are also right that a Bluetooth dongle is also a great option, definitely also take that into consideration
Best option for you would be either the Vanatoo Transparent Zero or Fluance Ai60 if you have the space for them.
Both of these sound good and will accept digital inputs so you dont need any special sound cards or interfaces.
Here's a better suggestion - Just get a set of nice powered speakers (with optical inputs from your PC, and a subwoofer output) - then add a small subwoofer later
The connections are not meant for banana plugs. You can, however, use "pin connectors" like these
Joe and Tell (YouTube) keeps this one pretty updated for speakers. Its broken down into categories, including desktop, so you don’t have to scroll through what you’re not looking for.
I'd just go with these if I where u. They're powered meaning u don't need an Amp or dac, just plug into your pc and plug the power in and you're gtg. You can add a sub later down the line, budget subs are typically pretty bad.
I got one of these for my dad and the sound out of Wharfedale bookshelf speakers is pretty impressive for being such an inexpensive power source.
The source connectors, eg to plug turntable into amp, are called 5 pin DIN. If you keep the turntable and change the amp it might be easiest to get a 5 pin DIN female to 2 RCA male adaptor.
The speaker connectors are 2 pin DIN.
If you don’t feel like jamming bare wire into the holes, you can easily attach something like these to the end of bare speaker wire, no soldering needed. Not a specific recommendation, just what turned up on a quick search, they’re all pretty much the same though.
Chiming in with the same thing I always chime in. The best cheapest turntable isolation -
Get: cheap cutting board (or any board) the size of the turntable; child's size bike tube and fill halfway; Four (4) 3/4" ball bearings; Round concave furniture coasters - like these
Assemble: Remove turntable feet; bike tube on table/surface; board on top; furniture coaster at each turntable foot/corner (on the board); one ball bearing in each coaster; turntable on top.
If you're willing to spend that kind of money and build it yourself, the Philharmonic BMR's are the gold standard, and will get down into the mid 30's with authority.
You can also get them preassembled for 1700, but obviously that's a little different from "under 1000".
I personally built this kit with a crossover mod for about $500 all told, and I believe the f3 is between 40-45 Hz. I cross mine over to my sub at 50. They are great value and very straightforward to assemble.
My Current setup at my desk is a pair of Ath-m40xs as well, and I have the Jamo S 803 bookshelfs. They're absolutely great and 170 on amazon rn.
I'm just getting started as well, the Polk T15 which will usually run you $99 for a pair are currently on sale for around 40% off on Amazon and at Best Buy. They're serving me well so far and fit nicely in the standard IKEA Kallax unit that everybody loves for vinyl storage. They aren't powered speakers though, so you'll need some wiring into the back of the receiver. The LP60 has a built in preamp so you won't need a separate unit for that.
SA-50 is a great starter amp so that leaves around 130 for the speakers. For a warmer/bassier sound these are the trick in that price range....
and if youre patient go on sale at Frys all the time for 70$
And actually Amazon has used, like new pair for 90$ from a reputable supplier
Wow, and under $10, it really does qualify as budget. Is this the one?
Although there are benefits by removing the DAC from inside the computer, as it's a lower noise environment, the specs (based on the image) do not seem very good.
That "stable stereo sound" image on the last picture implies that there is a rising response over 4 KHz, and drops off very suddenly below 100Hz. You might be concerned about that performance from a speaker, but it's really horrible and probably unheard of in a DAC. Although I don't actually believe it's representative of the product - I think the marketers threw up a frequency response image from a speaker - it says they have no idea what they're doing.
Reviews for the product on amazon are good. Good enough that it's probably worth trying if you are having any issues with sound from your computer. And although DACs these days don't make a big difference in sound between a decent one and a pricey one, there are definitely cheap crappy ones that are not so transparent.
I'd say it's worth trying, but you may wish to target something a little better in the $20-$30 range, for example, this Signstek.
The Elac B5.2's are on sale on Amazon for $199 which is nuts. If the budget is tight though, the first gen B4's are also on sale. For reference, the B4 was designed by Andrew Jones after he designed that Pioneer SP-BS22-LR and they're generally considered better sounding and nicer looking (subjective tho).
I ended up buying these for running, and holy moly I'm glad I did. I tried wired earbuds, but they were a pain each time I used them, so went ahead and ordered these. Love the results. Last quite a long time before a charge, too. Can go the whole week of workout before I have to recharge. 6ish hours?
Whatever you get though, hope they work well for ya'. Seems like all of these have generally the same amount of stars on Amazon. :)
B&H and Amazon have the matching Atmos (SP-T22A-LR) uppers for $99 again.
https://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-T22A-LR-Speaker-designed-Andrew/dp/B0148NPHO8 (prime shipping/returns, added tax)
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1180797-REG/pioneer_sp_t22a_lr_add_on_speakers_for.html (no tax)
Klipsch RP-160M if no subwoofer, $330, or refurbished Klipsch RP-160M for $300.
My recommendations for speakers in that price range aren't available from Amazon.
Looks like it sounds great!
In order to prevent any vibrations from your speakers getting to the turntable it'd be a good idea to put some isolation pads under the speakers...or get them on some stands.
Here's a link to some iso pads. They're quite inexpensive.
Try adding a cheap ground loop isolator between the Scarlett and your JBL's. Something like this.
Are you just looking for small speakers? Because these can be considered satellites by definition. I think people mistake compact speakers as satellites. Micca MB42X
Cheapest option is to get a used avr with a phone pre out
You may need a new cart/stylus but you won’t know til you try it
Passive speakers usually sound better for the money
I’d suggest the klipsch r15m (some people find the highs a little harsh but some people love them) or if you can stretch your budget the philharmonic affordable accuracy monitors
A pair of these could be really good if u have room , pm me if you want a promo code , I think I have one that will work. You’d have to buy today though
You probably just want to scour Craigslist for something. BIC F12s are popular enough that you might find one on Craigslist for $100, and you can probably find a decent early '00s 60W/ch AVR for $50 or so. That leaves $150 for a pair of good towers, and there's no guarantee you'll be able to find something on Craigslist or new better than your Sonys. You might be best off waiting for a sale on something like the Polk T50 or the Pioneer FS52. Since you're pretty focused on volume, I'd recommend sticking with tower speakers, but you don't necessarily have to avoid bookshelves- just make sure any bookshelves you get are fairly sensitive and have 100w+ peak power handling.
If you do want to look on craigslist, you'd probably want to focus on Klipsch or JBL, and avoid any brand that also manufactures TVs (speakers by audio-centric brands tend to age much better). If you don't recognize a brand, search "[brand name]+ "white van"" to see if alarm bells should go off.
No. Likely from a stereo in a box system. They don't even have speaker terminals, just a wire out from a small hole in the back.
U said 150-200$ for speakers and the sub is 150$ on Amazon. 350 total, those speakers are right at the budget for ya and would provided the bass you want while having better mids/highs.
And budget subs are all pretty much the same, they'll work and make sound but once you start stepping up your speakers you'll start to realize how much they're slacking.
350$ is reallllly stretching it for an amp/dac/speakers and sub. Even used that'd be hard. Also once your looking to try something else out, those Swans will re-sell for alot more then a dayton sub/ insignia speakers. I'd u need to step down a bit I'd go for the Edifer 1850db
Try the Silverstone. Machined aluminum. Very well made. It’s the one I got. Goes great with their headphone holder.
PI02 SilverStone Technology Aluminum case for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (CS-PI02B) https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08DHPBTQY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_GSC8QDBDM0DZ11WJN4P4
You need a decoder. No guarantee of quality, however. These things, as I understand them, can be rather dodgy.
Then, you'll need amplification for each channel - two or three small class D amplifiers to power your speakers after. The subwoofer output is normal though, so there's that.
Hopefully, the unit controls volume well and isn't noisy.
Good luck! I think your best bet is finding room for a 5.1 receiver (maybe even building a stand or shelf attached to your desk), however, I have presented a potential alternative (that I cannot verify the quality of).
Take a look at NHT's SuperZero 2.1 Mini Monitors to me, one of the best speakers money can buy, and for their performance, a true bargain. I own six of them, two in my 2.1 home office setup and four as surrounds in my home theater, and adore them.
This is the arylic one, very nice and much cheaper for a preamp receiver:
I really like it and it is very nice quality.
A well reviewed power amp = Aiyima A07. No frills. Plenty of power. DAC required. Currently on Amazon for $79 -5% sale
I have had the 190 and it is good kit. Yamaha equivalent is r-s202 also good. These are integrated amps with lots of features with but not a great shelf life.
SVS SB-1000 Pro... amazing subwoofer, especially for music...
The classy AF option 🤣
EMSCO Group Greek Column Statue – Natural Sandstone Appearance – Made of Resin – Lightweight – 32” Height https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0026T5ATE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_M0VR1VNW3JJ1EX2QVP91?psc=1
I think the dedicated streamers are right up there with solid gold speaker cables and audiophile grade paint. at least look at something cheaper like The amazon one.
12ga oxygen-free copper will do just fine. If you want to spring for something special, something like the cable below will work great. Just make sure you have the proper connections on your amplifier and speaker for banana plugs.
amp-> speakers ... speaker wire oxygen free copper https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Speaker-Wire-14-Gauge-Oxygen-Free/dp/B0758CSSF2
everything else RCA
I was actually about to buy the Bluesound, then I watched this guys video video and bought the Arylic A50. Definitely some tradeoffs in the connectivity, but for $400 cheaper I can forgive it.
Here you go. This should be your answer
Amazon basics y splitter
Don’t do it. Just don’t.
These are better:
Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers with 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E7H8GG2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_0XPD1J73W1NCXSXFNG4R?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Edifier R1280Ts Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Stereo Active Near Field Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker - 42 Watts RMS with Subwoofer Line Out - Wooden Enclosure https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088685QVJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_8JNAVR1591CMJKMCWBT6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Or lurk around goodwill’s, goodwill is even online nowadays.
You’d be moving from total shit to total shit. It’s not worth your time or energy.
If you can afford $50 for that landfill grade Pyle amp… then you can also probably scrounge up $20 more and get this or this. Those would be miles better.
Your turntable is not your limiting factor here. Not even close.
Nexus plastic polish kit
I recommend this for the scratch.
Congrats! Enjoy it! :)
Yeah Bluetooth quality isn't all that good and typically people can really tell the difference, try line in by using a rca to aux cable and it should be much better, make sure you're also going into you're windows sound settings and make sure its set to the highest bit rate.
Right click sound icon, sound settings, make sure your output is set to this edifiers, click on device properties, on the right click additional device properties, Advanced and change default format to the highest it offers, will be different depending on equipment.
Rca To Aux
Hope this helps, I owned the previous edition without a sub out and I really enjoyed them, they end up becoming my kitchen speakers then I gave them to my grandparents but I still really like them.
Why choose? MCM Two Way Source Selector, for example. Use this with a pair of Infinity RS-5000's connected through the switch to a Yamaha Natural Sound A-700 Amp, and to an Onkyo NR686, as part of a 5.1.2 surround sound set up. Really like having a dedicated music setup.
What I would use instead:
1” Dia Sorbothane Hemisphere Rubber Bumper Non-Skid Feet with Adhesive (8)
Sorbothane is specifically made for vibration reduction. These are a no brainer IMO.
It's actually a TV riser I found on Amazon. I needed to stack due to limited space plus it works perfect for isolating from speaker vibration.
It would appear they are multi purpose speakers that you can use as fronts, centers and rears. For the price I’ve heard they make decent stuff.
Go for Presonus Eris E3.5.
If this is for desktop I see no reason to get an AVR. Too many features that you won't use. You can get an excellent DAC and a good amp for about $110 all in.
Or you could start with a decent 2 channel system and add more speakers/subs with a decent AVR later. It's a modular system so you can always swap components and speakers. That's how I upgraded from a cheap Sony mini Hi-Fi. Now my system blows everyone's socks off, including my own, on a daily basis.
You can get some serious speakers like these or the bigger versions the RTi A7s for not too much more money. They come up on craigslist all the time. The older versions are named RTi 8/10/12 basically the same.
For amplification I use this £100 Onkyo Integrated 2 channel amplifier which seriously rocks.
But keep in mind, you will have to do your own research in mixing and matching amplifiers and speakers. There's tons of info out there google it.
You could save $50 by going with a pair of the Micca Covo-S compact speakers for your rears instead of the Micca OoO. I have a pair that I use in a 2.0 setup with my TV and they sound pretty good for my basic needs, so I'm sure they'd make great rears in a 5.1 setup.
I heard this amp hooked up to some large speakers that I bought and it sounded great. I bought the speakers. But it should tick the boxes you need. A couple bucks over but should work. Not sure about the tv aspect since it’s not av specific.
This might set up a Redcoat / Colonist dispute, but consider Klipsch RP-600m's.
This is not the final recommendation, just a suggestion to see where your interest lies. How about this Edifier R1700BT? Just connect that CD player to it and you have a decent set of speakers that play CD and Bluetooth.
This should work fine for that purpose: FiiO D3 (D03K) Essential Edition Digital to Analog Audio Converter - 192kHz/24bit Optical and Coaxial DAC - Without AC Adaptor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L61JPQW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_4mWWFb2GW56NP
I really like my Fluance SX6 speakers. They are on the bigger side of bookshelf speakers but they sound great. Amazon is selling them for $109. I think they sound phenomenal. I use them with an old amplifier receiver (a 1974 Kenwood) and run a Sony CD Changer and Turn Table through it. It sounds superb.
That would leave you about $90 for an amplifier. Here is a great (long) review on the SX6s. The reviewer prefers them to the Dayton B652's, Micca MB42 and the 42X's the renound Pioneer BS22s. Give it a watch. I highly recommend these speakers. They have a decent enough low bass that you can survive without a subwoofer (eventually I will get one though).
HSU Hybrid 1 Package is what I got ($709). http://hsuresearch.com/products/hybrid1pkg.html
One of the best subs you'll find under $500 and it compliments the HB-1 MK2s great. The bookshelves have 6.5" woofers and solid mid-range reproduction. The satin finish is sublime, none of that vinyl crap.
Yamaha V381 ($210) from accessories4less but buy from their Amazon storefront for better return policy https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V381BL-Receiver-Black/dp/B01BY7YOAY. If you don't have a 4k set or aren't worried about it, you can get a better receiver for cheaper.
The receiver is good, but it'd be worth spending more on it to either an Aventage line or Marantz, either one from accessories4less.
EDIT: Get your ofc speaker wire, subwoofer cable, and banana plugs from monoprice.com. Shouldn't be more than $30 shipped.
Selling my SMSL SA50 for $55 shipped (USA only).
Currently on Amazon for $68.
Purchased in April and used with my Pioneer BS22's. Like new condition, placed back in original box. Selling since I'm switching to active speakers.
These are on sale for 98.99. Plug these directly into the front output of your pc, plug your sub into the sub output.
EDIT: I just realized I should say that any active desktop speakers should work
EDIT#2: You know what. Don't do this. The sub and the speakers won't have a proper cross over, you wont be happy.
This pair is a little out of your budget, (180$), but I think you will be very happy with them. They sound great. Try them, if you don't like just return them to amazon.
Micca doesn't supply speaker wire so, yes. Get this from Best Buy if you don't want to buy this from Amazon. 14 or 16 gauge.
The seller for the speakers is "Amazon Warehouse" so if there are any issues Amazon will take care of you. Also, I've been following the used market for these specific Polks and the other seller that pops up is usually Acoustic Sound Design which is also very solid and I've dealt with them myself. You typically don't have to worry with speakers though.
I understand the unease in purchasing a refurbished receiver though, and if that's a concern then just spend the extra $20 on this new Pioneer at Amazon.
Why wait until then, I just picked these up from Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Sony-SSCS3-Floor-Standing-Speaker-Single/dp/B00O8YLL8E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510450696&sr=8-1&keywords=sony+floor+standing+speaker
Picked up the complete, if you don't want from Amazon best buy also has them on sale