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« on: August 18, 2013, 09:38:19 PM »

Need advice on speakers. I have these old, very cheap Sony 5.1 speakers that have always been good enough. But then my old Klipsch computer speakers died so I replaced them with some Audioengine A5+speakers (amazing sound). This made me realize how crappy my home theater speakers are, I can barely listen to them now.

I am lost though, no idea where to start. My budget is pretty small (~$600), so I am wondering if it's even worth bothering for that little money. Can good 5.1 speakers be had for that little? There are tons of reviews on Amazon for low cost speakers, but I don't know if I should trust them. They would be more for music than movies as well if that matters. Any good websites for this kind of info? (AVS forums always leave me more confused than when I started.) Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2013, 11:08:10 PM »

I think the Andrew Jones pioneer speakers are supposed to be pretty well thought of budget speakers. (They can be had on Amazon.)
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2013, 12:55:53 AM »

It's going to stretch your budget a bit, but back in 2005 I splurged on a set of Ascend Acoustics (http://www.ascendacoustics.com) and a Hsu sub and have been EXTREMELY happy with them.  Eight years later I have zero desire to replace or augment them.
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2013, 11:37:50 AM »

Check out the Energy Take Classic 5.1 setup - you can get the full set for $350 on Amazon.  I bought mine back in the late 90s, and they're still going strong.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2013, 12:10:26 PM »

Crutchfield's site has lots of good information on how to set up your surround if you're interested:

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-mTac6aF3GnR/learn/learningcenter/home/ht_speakers.html

My speakers are the in wall type from Polk and I've been very happy with them

I've been using polk speakers for a looong time even before I got the in wall ones and can wholly recommend them.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005T3C8/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2013, 01:56:27 PM »

Im pretty high end with my home theatre speakers but Ive helped many friends set up decent systems on a budget.  Most of the time we end up with Polk.  They give you an excellent "bang for the buck"   Newegg is always running specials on them, you can compare prices with Amazon.  Theres also the Polk e-bay store, with good clearance deals direct from Polk http://stores.ebay.com/Polk-Audio-Direct
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2013, 04:28:15 PM »

I love my Polk in wall speakers and they were reasonably priced. I have 8" for fronts and 6" for sides. The side speakers are about 10" from the ceiling. The fronts are in the middle of the wall and my newish Samsung 60" is mounted in the center. I think I spent about $600 total on the speakers.

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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2013, 12:01:26 AM »

Awesome, thanks guys. Been following links posted and looking. Polk seems to be a common trend, also highly rated on Amazon.
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