View Full Version : Help Me Pick Out A New System! *I'm New To Home Audio*

Suicide Bobb
11-30-2009, 12:51 PM
I am planning on upgrading my dad's current system for Christmas. At the moment, it consists of a Sony STR-DE595 receiver, KLH E12D powered sub, Altec Lansing fronts and rears :crap:, and a JBL center without a model # so I took some pics:

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The other day, I picked up a Kenwood KS-401HT 5.1 system for $40, which I thought was a pretty good deal. It looks great, and the speakers sound pretty nice, but the sub actually isn't as good as the KLH...Not as clean, or as loud. I credit that for it being a $500 system (with the receiver) from like 1998, but still, I expected more from Kenwood. So, I plan on keeping the sub for myself, which is definitely better than no sub ;)

The JBL center is also waaaay better, louder and clearer, which definitely doesn't surprise me since the JBL has 3 speakers while the Kenwood has a single 4" :rolleyes: So...I'm keeping that guy, too.

By the way, I am kind of set on satellite speakers because we don't have room for much else. I may be able to squish some floorstanding speakers between the wall and the shelf that hold the receiver and stuff on one side (no problem on the other side), but I know that would make a ton of rattling noises. I guess I could fit some in the back too, which wouldn't be a hassle. I may change my mind though, If you guys could convince me outside of satellites. If you do, I guess I will just keep the kenwood's for myself :)

So, I'm kind of back to square one and I have maybe 20 days to find a new system under $200 (preferably under $150). Sounds impossible, but I have found some really killer deals on craigslist so nothing is too far out. Here are some examples of what I found today:




For the Pioneer/JBL system, do you think the problem with the large speakers is wiring, or something worse? Sounds like wiring to me. I'm sure that they would greatly complement the JBL center, and solve the problem of satellite fronts. Plus, I did some quick research and found that the large ones cost like $500 used...sounds like a good deal to me! But, would the receiver be better or worse than the Sony? I'll probably keep the worst of the two.

With the Klipsch system, I'm kind of wary of the sub. Our center table is much bigger, and we are not gunna move it. At the corner of our two couches is a similarly sized table, but we use it to set our drinks on and I fear that they will bounce right off with a big sub hit. Plus, I have no idea what to search to find the model #'s of the stuff...Can anyone help me out with all of this stuff?

I'm definitely liking the Klipsch KSW15, but he lists it as a 10 so I'm not sure if its the KSW10 or KSW15. They were $500 new, and its 800 watts compared to the 130 watt KLH, so I know its going to make an epic difference.

I just can't decide what to do because I don't have enough experience in the realm of home audio...but now is a good beginning! I only have a vague idea of what is good (Klipsch, JBL, Polk), and bad (altec lansing), so I have a hard to looking for a system outside of my comfort zone. If someone has some time to spare and could answer at least most of the questions I asked, and give some advice/tips on anything, I would greatly appreciate it. Maybe you even would want to do a Craigslist search starting here: http://portland.craigslist.org/ele/ and find an even better setup? Don't go out of your way unless you enjoy using craigslist (like me). Also...I'm only buying from Portland, OR Craigslist, so that should eliminate a lot of variables.

Thanks for any and all help! Every bit counts!


Suicide Bobb
11-30-2009, 01:16 PM
A few more I found after doing some pokin around...








That Cerwin Vega sub seems like a pretty good sub, but it got mixed reviews, probably considering it is passive. Someone with a Sony receiver said they liked it though, so...

Suicide Bobb
11-30-2009, 06:39 PM
and in case you think I should get a new receiver, there's also this - http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/ele/1488787431.html

12-29-2009, 05:34 AM
from a quick look at the manual
best option for sound is fiber optic audio cable - can be found at walmart or target etc...

Suicide Bobb
12-29-2009, 06:35 AM
What a surprise, someone actually replied to this thread lol. I did get him a fiber optic cable, and a pair of Wharfedale Valdus 400's for either $60 or $80, I forget. He is fond of the old Bose stuff, so I'm gunna finish his system off with a $50 pair of 301 series II's for the rears, and mount them on either stands or bookshelfs, and the wharfedales on spikes. He also got a blu ray, and a 55" tv with hdmi inputs, so the whole system is gunna be pretty ******* after all is said and done

01-05-2010, 04:22 PM
Ya thats wat I thought but this guys think they know everything at my work. And Im gonna kick them in there balls. Ha but I think my alternar is badd cuz there is a rattling. Isnt that a sign its going out? But thanks bro at least I know those dudes are retards