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    Home audio system: $500 budget

    Not looking for perfection, just loud clean sound.

    I am a complete newb when it comes to home audio so any help is appreciated.

    I'm assuming i need a reciever/ amp, equalizer, tweeters, mids and subs... i have no idea what is decent and what isn't.

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    Re: Home audio system: $500 budget

    I'd recommend...

    A vintage integrated amp or receiver off of Ebay. Something from Rotel, NAD, Marantz, Pioneer, Adcom...lots of metal is good. Let's set a cap at $200 for this, you'll likely find something under that.

    For speakers, a project like this: http://zaphaudio.com/audio-speaker13.html would be worthwhile, $100 a pair is pretty hard to beat.

    http://www.creativesound.ca also stocks the CSS FR125, which is your best bet for a single driver, crossoverless solution. Little more expensive at $140 a pair.

    Apexjr.com sells plate amps for decent prices.

    Get whatever sub you can with what's left, Mach5 might be a low budget possibility, or something from Dayton. Maybe an IDQ off Ebay.




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    Re: Home audio system: $500 budget

    Quote Originally Posted by JimJ View Post
    I'd recommend...

    A vintage integrated amp or receiver off of Ebay. Something from Rotel, NAD, Marantz, Pioneer, Adcom...lots of metal is good. Let's set a cap at $200 for this, you'll likely find something under that.

    For speakers, a project like this: http://zaphaudio.com/audio-speaker13.html would be worthwhile, $100 a pair is pretty hard to beat.

    http://www.creativesound.ca also stocks the CSS FR125, which is your best bet for a single driver, crossoverless solution. Little more expensive at $140 a pair.

    Apexjr.com sells plate amps for decent prices.

    Get whatever sub you can with what's left, Mach5 might be a low budget possibility, or something from Dayton. Maybe an IDQ off Ebay.
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    Re: Home audio system: $500 budget

    how much power do i need to get pretty loud?

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    Re: Home audio system: $500 budget

    how much power do i need to get pretty loud?
    Totally depends on the speakers you choose.

    If you run very efficient speakers, you might need as little as 10 watts or less...but for typical two or three-way designs, 50-75W is more appropriate. Or more.




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    Re: Home audio system: $500 budget

    Quote Originally Posted by JimJ View Post
    Totally depends on the speakers you choose.

    If you run very efficient speakers, you might need as little as 10 watts or less...but for typical two or three-way designs, 50-75W is more appropriate. Or more.
    Alright. When i said i was a newb i mean a complete newb. The reciever powers the speakers and the plate amp powers the sub correct?

    so a 200 watt reciever and a 3-500 watt plate amp would be perfect for an infinity kappa 12" or other 300rms driver



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    Re: Home audio system: $500 budget

    I got an onkyo tx-sr600 off ebay for like 150 shipped, and its the best receiver ive ever messed with... my dad has a $600 yamaha and i dont really like it.

    im clueless about speakers cuz i just built my own with stuff from partsexpress but some others im sure will point u in the right direction



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    Re: Home audio system: $500 budget

    so a 200 watt reciever and a 3-500 watt plate amp would be perfect for an infinity kappa 12" or other 300rms driver
    200W is a lot of power for a receiver...might not find something that does that and still stay under your budget.

    The reciever powers the speakers and the plate amp powers the sub correct?
    Yes.




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    Re: Home audio system: $500 budget

    jim, are those speakers going to get loud and sound good? I was thinking of getting a reciever like this http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Pione...oductDetail.do in case i go with a home theatre system some day.

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    Re: Home audio system: $500 budget

    I've never built those speakers, but I have no reason to believe they won't get loud enough to the point of pain/irritating your neighbors...




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    Re: Home audio system: $500 budget

    Quote Originally Posted by JimJ View Post
    I've never built those speakers, but I have no reason to believe they won't get loud enough to the point of pain/irritating your neighbors...
    kool... I would like to use this system for parties every now and then.



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