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#100333 - 06/27/05 02:29 AM Need much help with getting a system!
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Alright. I will start by saying I am not very knowledgable of sound systems. I however have been directed to this place to get very high quality sound systems. I want to get a very good sound system for my room and I understand that the consumer level systems that you can buy at circuit city and walmart just don't cut it. I want my system to be worth the money I put into it. I am unsure of what system to get for my room. I want to have very good quality in everything, but my room also isn't very big. It will be used for much of playing video games and watching movies. I took the time to measure my room out in areas that might matter when choosing where to mount surrounds and such. The listening area will be my bed.

http://img101.echo.cx/img101/8480/roomdim3fw.jpg

Also to compare to the diagram I made, I took a picture of each corner of my room from the corner across from it.

http://img204.echo.cx/img204/2010/roomzorz3600zv.jpg

The sound systems here just include the speakers correct? Meaning I would need to buy an amplifier and wires? I've look into amplifiers but I still find them confusing. After we have decided on the best sound system for my room, could someone help me choose the best amplifier to go with it? And wires too.

This is alot to ask for, but the help would be much appreciated, thanks.

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#100334 - 06/27/05 02:40 AM Re: Need much help with getting a system!
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#100335 - 06/27/05 02:46 AM Re: Need much help with getting a system!
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So far the Epic Grand Master 175 seems like a decent choice. But is it too much or not enough? Tell me anything to help me!

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#100336 - 06/27/05 02:52 AM Re: Need much help with getting a system!
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I've never listened to the M22s but they do get very high marks around here. I don't think the M22s, QS8s and EP175 would be too much. This is obviously a bedroom, dorm room or something similar. Will this system be used in a larger area at some point in the future?
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#100337 - 06/27/05 02:55 AM Re: Need much help with getting a system!
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This will be in the bedroom for a quite a long time I'd say. This would be pretty much a system just for a bedroom, in the future when I have my own house, I may get a larger system for a living room, but as of now I have no reason to need a bigger system. But its not like this would be a waste, regardless I would have use for a system to fit a room that size.

Edit: Once it's decided on the system, I would like to know where the best place to position the speakers. Would I need to rearrange the room?


Edited by SanityLapse (06/27/05 02:57 AM)

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#100338 - 06/27/05 03:03 AM Re: Need much help with getting a system!
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I'd probably go with the above system, you'll get a lot more help later on in the day whenever the masses and gurus show up. I've had an Onkyo 502 reciever that I think would be a good choice with this speaker system.

Way past my bedtime, good luck.
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#100339 - 06/27/05 03:37 AM Re: Need much help with getting a system!
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SL, welcome. I've been looking at your diagram and pictures trying to figure out a good placement in those tight quarters. The present arrangement is possible, but my thought would be to put the head of the bed where the 4' dresser is and the dresser about where the TV is. Then set up TV and 3 front speakers along the wall with the window. Mount QSs about 6' up on the back wall to the left and right of the bed(work around the door as best as possible).

As far as speakers, I have M22s and they would be excellent in that size of room although you could even go with M2s if that would fit your budget better. You don't need QS8s in that size room; QS4s would be plenty. For a center the VP100 is fine, but my own preference would be to use a vertical M2 center. You can consider a smaller sub, and one that's possibly more cost-effective than the smallest Axiom sub would be the Hsu STF-1.

For speaker wire regular 16ga lampcord for 20 cents a foot or so is all that's needed for those short runs.

Yes, you'd need amplification, and there're many fine receivers available, depending on your budget. In the $400 area good choices are offered by Denon, HK, Pioneer and Yamaha, among others.
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#100340 - 06/27/05 04:03 AM Re: Need much help with getting a system!
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Welcome SL

It sounds like you are looking for a giant killing system at a budget price, and you've come to the right place for as many opinions as we have board participants.

I'd recommend a digitally amplified Panasonic XR50 or 55 which you can pick up for under $300. I'd get an Oppo Digital - OPDV971H DVD player for under $200. I'd go with the VP100 center, a pair of M3Tis for the front L/R and a pair of Bic Acoustech Ht-63 Surround Speakers for about $180.00/pair. I'd check your local classifieds for a used subwoofer which you can demo and make sure works without making flatulating noises. A nice used Velodyne CHT10 for about $150 would be a great addition that system.

Good luck and welcome!!
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#100341 - 06/27/05 08:25 AM Re: Need much help with getting a system!
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Hi Sanity,

I think John's suggestions are excellent. The only drawback to moving the 4' tall dresser and bed is that your TV would partially block the window, and, with the bed sticking out into the room, you wouldn't have much open space in which to move around. You COULD get away with leaving things as they are and hang the QS4s on the wall above your bed. Neither option is ideal, but few of us are able to execute the ideal.

I have the OPPODigital DVD player. It's excellent, but it's recommended ONLY if you have a DVI input on your TV. If you don't have a DVI input, pass it up.

Any modest receiver from the companies John mentioned would be adequate. If you need to save a few pennies you could even buy a refurbished receiver from eCOST.com or other outlet. Many of us have refurbs and have had no problems.
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#100342 - 06/27/05 09:15 AM Re: Need much help with getting a system!
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Registered: 06/10/04
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Loc: Colorado
SL
All good suggestions so far. If the QS4s are still a little out of budget, you could go with five M2s or five M3s. As far as the sub goes..... shop around.
What kind of game platform do you use?
If your not looking for a 5.1 setup (surround sound) and only need stereo, I would look at two M22s with a quality sub.
Good Luck.

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