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#303007 - 04/23/10 02:35 PM $1000 setup
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Registered: 07/20/06
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Loc: Richland, WA, USA
I have a friend who is looking to get a decent 2.1 system for under $1000. He'd rather only spend $500, but he said $1000 was possible, so I'd like to have that be the absolute ceiling. He needs the two speakers, a sub, and a receiver. I'm tempted to have him go for M3s without a sub at first, just to see if that will suffice. For receiver, I'm not sure. I'm always at a loss when it comes to the lower-end models. There are too many deal-breakers for me to consider them. I'll probably have to go over a few models feature by feature with him and see what features are musts for him. In the meantime, what would you do with $1000 for two speakers, receiver, and sub?

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#303009 - 04/23/10 02:43 PM Re: $1000 setup [Re: CV]
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An entry level Denon Receiver, M3 or M22 for speakers (factory outlet?), subwoofer from Parts-Express and all cables/wires from monoprice.
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#303010 - 04/23/10 02:43 PM Re: $1000 setup [Re: CV]
CatBrat Offline
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Registered: 08/05/09
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Loc: Milky Way Galaxy
I bought my son a $600 setup for Christmas that he likes which just consists of these 2 items.

Axiom M3's for $330.
Pioneer VSX-819H-K for $270 ($300 with 10% off at BB Magnolia)

Plus approx $100 for wire and banana plugs (Axiom and Monster)

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#303012 - 04/23/10 03:10 PM Re: $1000 setup [Re: CV]
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I guess the choice of the mains depends partly on how much bass he likes with his music. If he were to try the M3's but feel afterwards that he still wanted more bottom end, I think it may be better to go with the M22s(w. sub). Trouble here is, you really won't know 'til you try the M3's w/o sub first.

As Doc mentioned, look at Parts Express for a subwoofer or try Vanns, they usually have some deals going too.
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#303017 - 04/23/10 03:53 PM Re: $1000 setup [Re: Adrian]
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I'd get M22's, a $200-300 sub and a Pioneer, Onkyo or Denon receiver.
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#303045 - 04/23/10 07:36 PM Re: $1000 setup [Re: tomtuttle]
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Since you are getting a sub get the M22's, an entry level receiver of your choice, refurb would yield slightly better bang for the buck and as the others have said a sub from Parts Express or similar, BIC comes to mind for the cost conscious with still good sound.
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#303063 - 04/23/10 11:23 PM Re: $1000 setup [Re: CV]
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Charles, to keep the cost as little above $500 as possible(at least initially)I'd suggest that using the M22s without a sub be tried first. In the past(pre-EP500)I often used my M22s without a sub and found it satisfactory for most music. If a sub was desired, the Bic Acoustech Pl-200 which Dana reported that he preferred to the EP350, and which can be had for around $280 delivered, might be considered.

To keep the receiver cost to a minimum, a factory refurb would be advisable, and the best buy I saw at the moment in an Audyssey MultEQ unit is the Denon 589 from eCost for around $145.
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#303064 - 04/23/10 11:25 PM Re: $1000 setup [Re: jakewash]
CV Offline
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Thanks, guys. Even with recent mentions, I still hadn't really considered getting a sub from Parts Express. Certainly something to think about.

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#303068 - 04/24/10 01:06 AM Re: $1000 setup [Re: CV]
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Registered: 03/16/02
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Loc: CA, USA
Axiom M3Tis (used from ebay or FO) $300

Little Dot MkIII tube preamp/amp $230


Velodyne vx11 $130 at Fry's

Sony XDR-F1HD HD/AM/FM Tuner (XDRF1HD) $80 Amazon.com

Sony PS 1 for CDP $25 (used)

This system will blow away any system belonging to any person who thinks all solid state amps sound the same.

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#303072 - 04/24/10 01:18 AM Re: $1000 setup [Re: 2x6spds]
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If you need a bit more power, get one of these 2024 tripath class D amps for about $20.00



But keep the little dot MkIII as a preamp.


Edited by 2x6spds (04/24/10 01:26 AM)
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