Thread: 2.0 system reccomendations?
11-20-2009 08:15 PM #1
2.0 system reccomendations?
I know this sounds ignorant but what is a 2.0 setup? Is it just 2 fronts basically? That is what I am looking at doing, just starting with a nice receiver and two fronts. Even though I am going to have to build my system a little at time I still want to get a nice receiver and fronts to start my system. Here's what I have come across so far. These aren't necessarily the places where I would buy them, I haven't narrowed down best prices yet.
Polk Monitor 70s:
How about some Monitor 20s for $55!?
Looking for something that I can eventually build into a 7.1 system. Right now I have a PS3, DirecTV HD DVD, and am going to be getting a HD DVD player soon for my catalog selections. My wife wants a Wii, so maybe 4 HDMI inputs in the near future.
11-20-2009 08:28 PM #2
Ya. 2.0 (also known as Stereo) is just the 2 fronts..
How much do you like to spend?
Klipsch are some of the best quality speakers around, so you might look into that.
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11-20-2009 09:04 PM #3
I would like to get the 2.0 system with receiver and 2 fronts for around $800. $400 for the receiver and $400 for a pair of towers
11-20-2009 09:34 PM #4
As for Left & Right fronts I'm using Polk Audio TSI400 Which are basically just Polk Monitor 60's (With an extra $100 or so tacked onto the cost). After breaking the speakers in I've been very happy with them, and there are many members on the forums that love their Monitor 50's so I'm sure you'll be pleased with the 70's. The monitor series has been marked down substantially as well, so for $800 you should be able to get a set of fronts and a receiver, though it'll be close.
11-21-2009 12:40 AM #5
Hold on, don't get the Onkyo 607, get the Onkyo HT-RC160.
It's pretty much like the 607, but way cheaper! It only has 1 less HDMI input though and 10 fewer watts per channel, but that shouldn't be a big problem right?60
11-21-2009 01:26 AM #6
11-21-2009 03:21 AM #7
On the receiver front the Pioneer offering 120 watts per channel blows the Onkyo out of the water. Also I read that the Onkyo has a bit of a reputation for overheating or maybe even just getting very hot. Not a good quality to have in a amp. Some of that may be exaggerated but I haven't seen seen anything like that on the Pioneer. Plus I like me some Sirius
Last edited by dfms23; 11-21-2009 at 03:56 AM.
11-21-2009 04:22 AM #8
From trolling around the net it looks like the Pioneer VSX-1018 had a better build than the newer 1019. Looks like I might be a few months too late to find a 1018 from an authorized seller
11-21-2009 10:27 AM #9
If you're willing to skip the towers, $400 (or less used) will get you a fantastic pair of Paradigm Mini-Monitors. You'll want stands to go with them, but they are excellent in terms of bang-for-your-buck sound quality. Seriously, in that price range, I would really try to demo a set of these. I own the mini monitors and monitor 3's from the v4 line. They sound so much nicer than my sister's Polk Monitors, I can't remember her exact model, but it's my opinion and hers. You will eventually want to add a sub, but I think that can be said of all the aforementioned towers as well.
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11-22-2009 02:13 PM #10
Well I think I am going to go with the Infinity Primus P362s and the Harmon Kardon AV354. Should be able to get a set of the Primus' for at least $400 shipped if not better. It just seems to make sense. The price of a non floor stander combined with two decents stands is more than two P362s.
From my research (primarily the Harmon Kardon AVR254/354 users thread at AVS) I have found it is hit-and-miss with the reman Harmon Kardon AVR 354s but I think it's more hit than miss. People are more apt to post on a thread and bitch than they are to say 'mine works great.' Purchasing from the Harmon Kardon EBay store offers the full protection of the original warranty. Can't be beat for right around $300.
I'd welcome your thoughts and comments on my conclusion.
11-22-2009 02:29 PM #11
would a soundbar work here? or do you want to get all the speakers at some point?I hate every ape I see, from chimpan-A to chimpanzee. No, you'll never make a monkey out of me!
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11-22-2009 08:47 PM #13
Yah I'm not interested in a soundbar. Definitely am looking at the Infinity Primus 362s. Unless someone can tell me of a better floor stander for the money?