View Full Version : Need some advice, info, recommendations.

03-02-2007, 03:36 PM
Hey guys. I can't do car audio anymore due to not having a car because college is soo **** expensive, so I am thinking about getting into some home audio. I know that I am not going to get the same amount of bass due to room size and whatnot that I would from a car setup, but what is a decent entry level system for home audio that will give me something. I have the little b/s 5.1 surround with a 6.5 sub right now, some 50$ kmart crap and I'm looking to upgrade. But being in college, the budget is a little more limited on this than it was on the car audio system. Before I took off out here I was running an RE SE XXX 12 in a slot port 32 hz, off a jbl bp1200.1, couple component setups off a 4 channel, in a little hatchback, man do I miss it :crap: . Looking to spend a few hundred on a home setup and get something with some kind of bass to it. Maybe like 100-300. It will be used for movies, tv, and music from an ipod. NOt really sure what to get, powered subwoofer, home theatre in a box, build my own setup??? Just looking for some input, and didn't see any stickys so making this. I'm going to do a search after this and see if I have any more luck that way. But yeah any info would be greatly appreciated. I really don't know much of **** when it comes to home audio. Thanks in advance for the help, info and advice. - Sampson

03-02-2007, 04:41 PM
Honestly, $300 for everything isn't much of a budget to work with. $500 is more doable...

03-02-2007, 06:01 PM
home audio is more expensive then car audio...

100-300 is not gonna get you anything that compares to your 12" something like 1,000-1,500 will depending on room size

03-02-2007, 06:06 PM
Could you recommend some type of like home theatre in a box setup. I've seen some on ebay pretty cheap. I was thinking something along the lines of a setup like this I have seen for around 100$ shipped.

http://cgi.ebay.com/DiVinci-D-6-Home-Theater-Surround-Sound-System_W0QQitemZ160090127702QQihZ006QQcategoryZ149 9QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/NIB-Sony-Surround-Sound-Speaker-System_W0QQitemZ120090355546QQihZ002QQcategoryZ398 17QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Divinci-607-Home-Theater-Surround-Sound-Audio-Speakers_W0QQitemZ270091677639QQihZ017QQcategoryZ1 499QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

SO yeah appreciate the post, but I just don't have that much money to spend on this, college is F****** expensive.

....Just saw the second post from 1loudsuv, so would any of the ones I listed even be worth getting? Or would it just be a complete waste of money?

03-02-2007, 06:59 PM
the davinci 607 looks interesting but remember those are white van speakers i wouldnt expect much from them.

03-02-2007, 08:14 PM


http://cgi.ebay.com/NAD-Model-140-Receiver-Beautiful-Condition-Classic_W0QQitemZ160089809101QQihZ006QQcategoryZ50 596QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


Hard to beat something like that for a budget setup...

03-06-2007, 04:15 PM
Old School NAD... RIGHT ON....

However, to beat that stuff all you would need is to find a stick and hit it....JK

03-09-2007, 03:00 AM
So played around with some stuff, and found my roomate had a little setup in his closet. So we hooked it up and it sounds fine to me. It is a pioneer vsx-305 hooked up to some optimus and KLH speakers. So what reciever like that could you guys recommend that would push some towers good. I want something more powerful than the pioneer vsx-305, it does ok, but I want more power. Maybe in the range of 400 watts, or more. Also would I be able to hook a powered subwoofer up to something like this receiver for more bass if I needed it?

I want a setup like this but with better stuff. I want some towers, with a sub, mid, and tweet in each, for the fronts and something like the speakers pictured in the ebay auction for rear. Does that sound like it would work ok?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Pioneer-185W-Home-Theater-System-with-stands-remote_W0QQitemZ330094878827QQcategoryZ39815QQssPa geNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Thanks for the input, and recommendations on a roughly 100$ deck.

03-09-2007, 10:10 AM
1) You don't need 400W unless you're driving electrostats or open baffle speakers. That's a lot of power.
2) $100 won't let you touch anything that does a true 400W per channel...

03-09-2007, 11:54 AM
No sh** 400 watts per channel would be expensive as all hell, I'm not a complete idiot man, I meant 400 watts total. 100X4I've looked around a bit and know somewhat the price ranges of receivers and what to expect for 100$, I just want a good brand name and model for around 100$.

Something like "Oh the pioneer vsx-816 is the **** , that is what I used when I started out, its about 3 years old but its a sweet receiver, or something like that". Or oh yeah jvc **** ***** don't buy it, it's overpriced and not worth it. Even a link to a good home audio review site so I can read the reviews myself would be cool, I've read a few already. So can you recommend a receiver, or not? Thanks in advance.