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Best Speaker System for around $1000

Jephph
04-23-2006, 06:47 PM
Hi. I've been thinking about getting some decent speakers to go with my Samsung 56" DLP TV. I've checked out a few sites and come across a couple enticing setups. The Bose Acoustimass 16 Home Entertainment Speaker System, and the Creative Gigaworks System. I know the Creative system is for computers. I was wondering if I could also hook them up to my TV. Similarly, would I be able to hook up the Bose sytem to my computer? Regardless, is there another system you would recommend instead of one of those two? Thanks.

Camdogg
04-23-2006, 07:03 PM
There have been quite a few of these types of threads. I'll give you a quickie answer: Be sure to stay away from bose. Now that's out of the way, I feel the best speaker system for $1000 is the one from SVS. The sub that comes in this system is better than any other sub you can find for $1000. That alone should push you towards purchasing the svs system. svs (http://www.svsound.com/)
Other than that, I am a huge proponent of really great bookshelf speakers in the $1000 range per fronts and adding the extras later. Do a search and I'm sure you can find the threads where I suggest this.

djmattyb
04-23-2006, 08:33 PM
The Energy Take series. The Take 5.1 comes with the surrounds, center and subwoofer. Many reviews have said that they are the best speakers for under $1000. I just bought my second set for my living room after I finished the theater in my basement using Energy speakers.

AudioReview.com reviews (http://www.audioreview.com/cat/speakers/floorstanding-speakers/energy-loudspeakers/PRD_119515_1594crx.aspx)

iserum
04-23-2006, 09:08 PM
Also try these definitive technology procinema system, they are very good.
i would recommend procinema 80.


http://www.definitivetech.com/loudspeakers/procinema/procinema.html

fifasf
04-24-2006, 06:12 AM
Focal makes a kick ass sub/sat system. After a reciever and cables you will be over $1000 but it is worth spending a little mor now than 2-3 yrs from now. Bose is ok, but for the same $ or a littl more, you can do s much better. I know tweeter carries Focal don't know if you have one around your area.

Pistol Pete
04-24-2006, 06:35 AM
Chevy or Ford?

Same thing with speakers.

There are a lot of factors involved in choosing the right pair for you.

Sound, performance, looks, price.

Shop around. Listen. Buy the ones best for you.

I have never been a fan of bookshelf speakers. If you were considering Bose, consider these.

www.orbaudio.com

They look and sound terrific, well built and moderately priced.

Jephph
04-24-2006, 08:26 AM
The Take 5's look nice. They're a bit old school though aren't they? Do they have digital input?

hdtvpros.com
04-24-2006, 10:19 AM
almost every post will have a different speaker brand that they considered the best. Why because they own that brand and have to convince themselves that was and is the best deal. :hithere:

SLedford
04-24-2006, 01:12 PM
hdtvpros.com is right up to a point - people want to feel they made the right choice, so will suggest the same products they purchased.

The problem with buying speakers is that you do not have them all together in the same room. Unless you can switch back and forth between different speakers, how do you ever compare one to another? From memory?

When I bought my HD television, I was able to look at many different sets at Best Buy, all playing the same material, all side by side. This let me select the right mix of what I thought looked good and what my pocketbook could afford.

Speakers should be sold the same way.

Pistol Pete
04-24-2006, 05:32 PM
almost every post will have a different speaker brand that they considered the best. Why because they own that brand and have to convince themselves that was and is the best deal. :hithere:

A bit condescending and insulting don't you think?

That's a bit of a slap in the face to those that are trying to be helpful.

The gentlemen asked a question and got responses. If you don't have anything worthwhile to add, try saying nothing.

Jephph
04-24-2006, 06:15 PM
hdtvpros.com is right up to a point - people want to feel they made the right choice, so will suggest the same products they purchased.

The problem with buying speakers is that you do not have them all together in the same room. Unless you can switch back and forth between different speakers, how do you ever compare one to another? From memory?

When I bought my HD television, I was able to look at many different sets at Best Buy, all playing the same material, all side by side. This let me select the right mix of what I thought looked good and what my pocketbook could afford.

Speakers should be sold the same way.
The problem there is that if you had a ton of speakers at best buy playing all the same music, you wouldn't know which is which, or which produces the better quality. With tvs, you can just look at one, then the next, and so on. Not so much with speakers.

Nevada_MO_Guy
04-24-2006, 06:48 PM
Hi. I've been thinking about getting some decent speakers to go with my Samsung 56" DLP TV.

Are you just looking for speakers? If so what would they connect to.

If you just have that smokin big tv and no receiver then that will change the recommendations a bit....for $1000.

hdtvpros.com
04-24-2006, 08:52 PM
A bit condescending and insulting don't you think?

That's a bit of a slap in the face to those that are trying to be helpful.

The gentlemen asked a question and got responses. If you don't have anything worthwhile to add, try saying nothing.

You basically said the same thing. "CHEVY OR FORD" ;) :rolleyes:

hdtvpros.com
04-24-2006, 08:53 PM
Plus I am letting him know what to expect from his feedback.

Jephph
04-24-2006, 09:42 PM
Are you just looking for speakers? If so what would they connect to.

If you just have that smokin big tv and no receiver then that will change the recommendations a bit....for $1000.

Yes. I'm looking for whatever I need for a complete setup. And I would like to hook it up to my tv, my xbox, my ps2, and my computer if possible. I bought optical sound cables for all of them. Any suggestions?

kstrike155
04-24-2006, 10:33 PM
The problem there is that if you had a ton of speakers at best buy playing all the same music, you wouldn't know which is which, or which produces the better quality. With tvs, you can just look at one, then the next, and so on. Not so much with speakers.

Why can't you just go somewhere like Tweeter where they can switch the audio from one speaker set to the next within a split second?

I'm sure other stores are capable of the same thing, two. Make sure to bring a CD that you know well, and even better something with a DTS or Dolby audio track that the salesperson can throw in the DVD player for you. Do not bring something compressed, like MP3s you downloaded from the internet or something. Bring a REAL CD to truly hear how the speakers can sound. Close the door to the sound room, too.

You can also ask the salesperson to show you a demo of the system of your choice. I know I practice my demos regularly and find a scene that shows off every aspect of the system working together.

-Brian

bboncorr
04-24-2006, 11:38 PM
i will suggest you look into just buying your system piece by piece. rather then just buy a in the box system just because. i have noticed the sound quality goes way up when you get to around $1400 ( not including a sub though ). you can get some infinity betas online for that price or you can look into some klipsch reference. you can get this setup for $1200. you can get a 5 speaker system for now then just get the sub later. usualy towers have nice bass so you may not need a sub right away.

infinity betas. you can get 2 beta 40s, c250 center, and 2 es250 for around $1200. i suggest you upgrade the center to the c360 for better sound.
http://www.dtdiscounts.com/infinity.html

klipsch reference IV. you can get 2 rf-52 towers, rc-52, 2 rs-42 for less then $1100. that might be a better price then what b.b. sells the synergy line at.
http://audiophileliquidator.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=7&sort=&filter_id=43

these speakers are totaly different sounding speakers. some will love the sound of klipsch others will say it makes them tired the longer they listen to them. i hope this helps.

fifasf
04-25-2006, 06:02 AM
Why can't you just go somewhere like Tweeter where they can switch the audio from one speaker set to the next within a split second?

I'm sure other stores are capable of the same thing, two. Make sure to bring a CD that you know well, and even better something with a DTS or Dolby audio track that the salesperson can throw in the DVD player for you. Do not bring something compressed, like MP3s you downloaded from the internet or something. Bring a REAL CD to truly hear how the speakers can sound. Close the door to the sound room, too.

You can also ask the salesperson to show you a demo of the system of your choice. I know I practice my demos regularly and find a scene that shows off every aspect of the system working together.

-Brian




Could not have said it better. Yes bring a cd and dvd that you like and know, yes we are commission sales people but, and I mean but, we will get you in the right gear the first time so you are happy and you don't return it ! Plus we are into the gear, and I stressthat point yes Best Buy and Circuit have "sales" and more of a selection but if you really know about the gear we both sell , then you will relize that we sell better models of the gear , audio especially that is were we shine. Tv's I noticed they sell name brands that I would not let my parents buy let alone a customer. I am just surprised at the amount of people that swear by Best Buy and still think of Tweeter as the "expensive store. We sell better product , our people know what the hell we are talking about, and we price match. I am done. :yippee: :)

fifasf
04-25-2006, 06:05 AM
i will suggest you look into just buying your system piece by piece. rather then just buy a in the box system just because. i have noticed the sound quality goes way up when you get to around $1400 ( not including a sub though ). you can get some infinity betas online for that price or you can look into some klipsch reference. you can get this setup for $1200. you can get a 5 speaker system for now then just get the sub later. usualy towers have nice bass so you may not need a sub right away.

infinity betas. you can get 2 beta 40s, c250 center, and 2 es250 for around $1200. i suggest you upgrade the center to the c360 for better sound.
http://www.dtdiscounts.com/infinity.html

klipsch reference IV. you can get 2 rf-52 towers, rc-52, 2 rs-42 for less then $1100. that might be a better price then what b.b. sells the synergy line at.
http://audiophileliquidator.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=7&sort=&filter_id=43

these speakers are totaly different sounding speakers. some will love the sound of klipsch others will say it makes them tired the longer they listen to them. i hope this helps.




Are those authorized dealers?cause you should mention to this guy that if they are not, He is screwed if there is a service problem. If you can go to the manufactor's website and they are on there as an authorized dealer then go for it. .Plus if he does not like them , he will most likely have to pay a restocking fee.

LordGAD
04-25-2006, 07:10 AM
For my $1000, I'd seriously look at the Energy speakers, and Atlantic Technology 1200 speakers if you can find them.

I've not seen either in chain stores - only smaller AV stores that sell high-end stuff, but they're both worth finding.

Be warned - they will introduce you to the world of "better" speakers, and you might get hooked. I started with a set of Atlantic Technology 1200s, then added a 2200C center, then 2200LR mains, then upgraded the whole set to 4500e 7.1.

I too would advise staying away from Bose. Bose is a marketing company that sells speakers and what-not. Look for a speaker company - not a marketing company.

Many people will recommend what they have because they're happy with their choice. I'm happy with my ATs, and I was equally inpressed with Energy's for the price. Other's I can't really comment on, other than to say to my ear, they sounded the best of what was available to me at the time.

360kid
04-25-2006, 07:11 AM
I'm not gonna try and steer you towards one brand or another, I'm just gonna suggest to try a place like Crutchfield or another high end audio store. Anything that Crutchfield sells is good, if it is availible from them you can trust the brand. They don't sell junk, period! There are other stores online and local you can trust as well, plus these stores have great return policies.

Brands I personally like are polk, klispch, and infinity.

bboncorr
04-25-2006, 10:46 AM
Are those authorized dealers?cause you should mention to this guy that if they are not, He is screwed if there is a service problem. If you can go to the manufactor's website and they are on there as an authorized dealer then go for it. .Plus if he does not like them , he will most likely have to pay a restocking fee.

i thought i mentioned they were not but i didnt. good catch. those sites offer extended warranties he could look into if he was worried. he could also look into http://www.nfm.com/default.asp i have heard good things from them on the avs forum. they are authorized and carry the same prices compared to the lowest priced internet dealers i could find. but i dont know what they will charge for shipping.

crutchfield is a great place to buy anything. but for those prices i would just walk into a b.b. or c.c. and walk out with what i was looking to buy. crutchfields prices are usually not that great. but they excell in every other area.

ImRizzo
04-25-2006, 05:42 PM
I have just recently updated from a Large POLK AUDIO 5.1 system to the new Mirage Omnistat system a unique speaker design that has an outstanding Soundfeild for movies and audio their omni-directional designs really creates an enveloping soundfeild which creates a realistic presentation of audio platback from your movies and HD digital channels. I was worried about the change over from a LARGE speaker system to a smaller footprint but I am truly happy and satisified and would have no problem recommending them to others. Don't purchase a system that isn't what you want because you'll only regret a hasty purchase and a loss of money when you finally decide to get the right speakers buy right the first time. Good Luck & let your ears be your final judge.

Nevada_MO_Guy
04-25-2006, 06:37 PM
Yes. I'm looking for whatever I need for a complete setup. And I would like to hook it up to my tv, my xbox, my ps2, and my computer if possible. I bought optical sound cables for all of them. Any suggestions?
Sounds like you are getting a lot of good advice from this thread so far.

Lets see your price range is around $1000 and you would like to hook up 4 audio sources with as many optical has you can.

Also from you first post you might be looking for smaller unobtrusive type speakers

I've had a lifestyle system before, it only had one optical and the rest were coaxial...I've gotten rid of all that proprietary stuff and now have seperate components.

First off you will need a receiver. One that is upgradable for you down the road so you won't grow out of it to fast and one with lots of audio inputs.
Maybe something like this would work for you.
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-JI9arUBm0xC/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=10420&I=580TXS503B

If you are looking for a smaller speaker foot print, something like the Mirage NANOSAT might work for you also.
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-JI9arUBm0xC/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=12700&I=653NANSYPB

Once you find the receiver that will do what you want then getting speakers would be easier for you.
If you get a 7.1 reciever, you don't need all 8 speakers, just 6 will work also (5.1)

If you don't want the hassle of trying to match speakers and receivers you could get a complete system like this:
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-JI9arUBm0xC/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=37700&I=580HTS787C

I have that receiver myself and it is much nicer than my last Bose. You can even tell it how far away each speaker is.....cool. :yippee:

rhdtv
04-25-2006, 09:55 PM
In this price range you may want to pay special attention to the sound quality of the center speaker Ė the workhorse of the system. I have rather good Mirage system, also in this price range, (~6yrs old now) and this is the biggest issue I have w/ it (do not remember the model number of hand; let me know if this important for you and Iíll reply again). Iíll change TV soon and reassess the new speaker/s (perhaps only center).

bboncorr
04-25-2006, 10:28 PM
In this price range you may want to pay special attention to the sound quality of the center speaker Ė the workhorse of the system. I have rather good Mirage system, also in this price range, (~6yrs old now) and this is the biggest issue I have w/ it (do not remember the model number of hand; let me know if this important for you and Iíll reply again). Iíll change TV soon and reassess the new speaker/s (perhaps only center).

this is very true. alot of center channels in this price range are not that great. it is very important to have a kick ass center channel unless you like holding the remote alot.

leevitalone
04-26-2006, 01:27 PM
crutchfield is a good place to start. The absolute best way to test a speaker is at home. they will send a system. if you find you dont like it they will ship it back. the only good listen place is a small store that has a dedicated listen room. you can match amps w/speakers. CC used to do this??

Jephph
04-29-2006, 03:03 PM
The TV came with a pretty decent speaker. Couldn't that serve as the center speaker?

Jephph
04-29-2006, 03:05 PM
leevitalone, do you live anywhere near watertown, syracuse, or rochester?

iserum
04-29-2006, 11:04 PM
The TV came with a pretty decent speaker. Couldn't that serve as the center speaker?
Since tv speaker creates all surround sound also it can not be used as a center speaker, in a 5.1/6.1/7.1 set up only dialogue comes from center speaker and other sounds are coming from front or rear speakers.

hdtvpros.com
05-01-2006, 11:51 AM
The TV came with a pretty decent speaker. Couldn't that serve as the center speaker?

If you truly feel that the tv came with pretty decent speakers, you will be satisfied with just about any surround sound system (SSS). Just spend the least amount on a SSS and believe me it will be a whole lot better then the "pretty decent tv speaker."

Jephph
05-08-2006, 02:13 PM
By decent, I was speaking relatively with respect to the speaker on my Sanyo from about 20 years ago.

fkjr2
01-11-2009, 10:27 PM
my previous setup was an Energy Take Clasic 5.1

Upgraded to the Definitive's and wow - much better.

Of course for the $499 price tag the Energy's arent shabby at all.

HD Mike
01-14-2009, 06:07 PM
Why not just got with something like this and be done with it?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120124

He says that he needs EVERYTHING since he only has the TV at this point. Most of us all like Onkyo's already and this receiver will probably be the last receiver he ever buys. If he wants he could always upgrade the speakers WAY down the road. This kit will sound a million times better than what he has now!

Loves2Watch
01-14-2009, 07:24 PM
Why not just got with something like this and be done with it?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120124

He says that he needs EVERYTHING since he only has the TV at this point. Most of us all like Onkyo's already and this receiver will probably be the last receiver he ever buys. If he wants he could always upgrade the speakers WAY down the road. This kit will sound a million times better than what he has now!

Now that's what I'm talking about.

jkkyler
01-17-2009, 11:43 AM
Do you guys realize that you are posting to a thread 2 1/2+ yrs old inactive.