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Soliciting speaker guidance

tbeale
11-03-2006, 12:54 PM
I recently purchased a Sony STR-DA3200ES receiver and would like some guidance on speakers to purchase for 5.1 surround sound. Although Iím willing to learn, Iím an audio newbie and most of the terms are new to me. I am trying to avoid making the mistake of buying speakers that wonít make the most of the receiver or were intended for older technology receivers. Types of speakers to avoid or specific speaker suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks.

SLedford
11-03-2006, 01:22 PM
The speakers are the foundation of any sound system. You can have "A+"equipment and if you have "F-" speakers, you will get "F-" sound.

So how much were you willing to spend on speakers? There is something to fit evey budget, but better speakers are (not suprisingly) more expensive.

tbeale
11-03-2006, 05:21 PM
I'd like to keep it under $700 but might go up to $900 if necessary. I don't want to spend money that will be wasted due to the receiver's capabilities.

Thanks.

SLedford
11-03-2006, 10:56 PM
You should be able to get some fairly decent speakers, especially if you are willing to go to your higher $900 number. I like the Paradigm speakers (that is what I have), but there are a lot of other fine speakers as well.

You should start hearing from others, now that they have a spending limit.

Will your use be mostly movies, music or both?

DelsFan
11-04-2006, 02:49 PM
Here is some advice I gave someone else:

Paradigm's CT110, Mirage Nanosat, and Energy's act6 are three systems that list for $800.

These are REAL speaker systems, not HTIB wannabe's.

It is suggested that you listen to the Mirage system before purchasing, if you can, as some people love "omni-directional" sound and some do not.


NOW, option two is to purchase a better system, used. [Talk to the owner on the phone before purchasing, but most of these guys are really particular and are simply upgrading to more expensive speakers/equipment.] The Gallo D'Avia Ti system with really good subwoofer is $1975 new but can be had for around half that (http://cls.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?homesubw&1165199489), if you are lucky. This system would be significantly better than any of the three systems listed above. The Mirage Omnisat system (around $1900 list), if you purchase it used, would also fall into the better without breaking the bank category also. However, any of the three systems listed above would be 100 times (conservatively) better than anything coming out of a HTIB system.

If you are in for some more reading, click on my user name and select "other posts by this user" or something like that. I've given a lot of advice lately - some of it good!

Good luck.
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bmwcyle
11-04-2006, 06:00 PM
I recently purchased a Sony STR-DA3200ES receiver and would like some guidance on speakers to purchase for 5.1 surround sound. Although Iím willing to learn, Iím an audio newbie and most of the terms are new to me. I am trying to avoid making the mistake of buying speakers that wonít make the most of the receiver or were intended for older technology receivers. Types of speakers to avoid or specific speaker suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks.


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