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I need some speakers and this is my AV/Receiver, 7.1. It's a few years old by now, but with some good speakers it should do well.
only thing is, I can't find anything that looks worth picking up.
I've never owned a decent sound bar, but I'd be willing to go that way, or pick up some Decent pairs and a center ( I have an okay sub woofer).

I'm most interested in sound bars after hearing a few, but I do want surround so any suggestions would be great.
Price range...if it really good, I'll go a bit more....don't want to go much above $500 less would be great... more, well let's see it.


Thank you!
 
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It'd be a shame to waste that AV receiver by using a soundbar.


These are what I recommend to people where budget is the priority.

Two pairs (for front and surround) of these are almost impossible to beat for the price:


If you have the room for floor-standing for your front L/R (and use one pair of above for surround)


And the matching center channel here:


You didn't mention what sub you have, but there's even a little left over in the budget to possibly upgrade that if needed.
 
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It'd be a shame to waste that AV receiver by using a soundbar.


These are what I recommend to people where budget is the priority.

Two pairs (for front and surround) of these are almost impossible to beat for the price:


If you have the room for floor-standing for your front L/R (and use one pair of above for surround)


And the matching center channel here:


You didn't mention what sub you have, but there's even a little left over in the budget to possibly upgrade that if needed.


Thank you, just what I needed!
My sub is an onkyo model SKW-780. I had the other onkyo speakers, 1 center, 2 front and 4 for the middle and rear.
They're mostly played out, so I need an upgrade. Didn't really want a sound bar because anything I'd like would be to expensive.

I'll check those links and much appreciated!
 
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The wharfedale diamond 9.1 are a great set of speakers (i have some now) and for the price sound amazing but i do have a wharfedale diamond SW150 sub to go with them but after coming from wharfedale pacific evo 20 floor standers and droping down to what i have now i can honestly say i am more than happy with the sound and how well the Diamond 9.1's handle many types of music and films.

The wharfedale diamond 9.1 can also be used as surround speakers and i believe they make a center speaker in the same range to for a good price.

Not saying to get this setup but is maybe an option to look into.
 
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I have a TX-NR608 I bought new several years ago. At the time Newegg had the Polk Monitor 70's for $249 a pair including free shipping and the Monitor 60's for $179 with free shipping. I can't recall what I paid for the Polk center channel speaker. Absolutely great speakers and the perfect combination for the Onkyo. Be aware that those receivers are notorious for the HDMI failing (mine did a few years back) and the issue wasn't fixed until several model revisions later. Those Polks show up used rather cheap these days on Craigslist and other places.

 
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Surround is sure as hell great, but a good stereo setup would also be baller. For PC usage, or even home theater down the living room, two GOOD bookshelf speakers can almost always do the job. You generally aren't going to reach the peak levels of those speakers mentioned anyway, like since a house is nothing like a movie theater... so anything that doesn't suck would work out one way or another really.
 
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All good suggestions, and I'll definitely have to have a look at the Dayton models, thanks!
I have to measure this place, but it is rectangular about 18'width and 25' lenth.
Just my TV's, computer/stereo and musical equipment. I'm just still not sure if I like being set up long ways, since it kills room to move around, and that
will come into how I set up the speakers. I almost thought of getting a set of 7 that flush mount into wall/ceiling, but those 6 1/2 Dayton's might do the trick!
The Polk would be nice also if not a crazy price, the Warfedale also ;) and yes the Receiver has been fixed 3 times but has been working for a few years now.
Got a good deal at PC Richards on it and they fixed it anything that broke for 2 years or so. The HDMI inputs do suck, can't wait to go
Thunberbolt 3 someday!!...some far away day i'm sure.
 
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I feel like there's *still* a long way till Thunderbolt takes in place of these other standardized inputs such as HDMI. Thanks to Apple and their licensing.
 
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I feel like there's *still* a long way till Thunderbolt takes in place of these other standardized inputs such as HDMI. Thanks to Apple and their licensing.

I have it in my motherboard, and my Scarlet 2i2. That's not much, but even the type C would be a better fit into a receiver than those huge HDMI.
They haven't yet made a good connection. Or i'm just good at breaking them. ;) I'm glad you don't have to flip the type c around 3 times before it fits.
 

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I need some speakers and this is my AV/Receiver, 7.1. It's a few years old by now, but with some good speakers it should do well.
only thing is, I can't find anything that looks worth picking up.
I've never owned a decent sound bar, but I'd be willing to go that way, or pick up some Decent pairs and a center ( I have an okay sub woofer).

I'm most interested in sound bars after hearing a few, but I do want surround so any suggestions would be great.
Price range...if it really good, I'll go a bit more....don't want to go much above $500 less would be great... more, well let's see it.


Thank you!
OH man if you want speakers well all I can say is Klipsch!
Nothing further follows!

P.S. There is NO such thing as a decent sound bar! They all SUCK! You will NEVER get sound the way you want from one.
Take it from me a true audiophile Klipsch or if you can't afford them Polk audio PERIOD!
 
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OH man if you want speakers well all I can say is Klipsch!
Nothing further follows!

P.S. There is NO such thing as a decent sound bar! They all SUCK! You will NEVER get sound the way you want from one.
Take it from me a true audiophile Klipsch or if you can't afford them Polk audio PERIOD!

I would love some Klipsch! but i'd probably have to but one every 2 or 3 months!
I'm not picking up a soundbar. I walked by one in microcenter - hooked up to a 3,000 8K 70" TV ( :D)
It sounded good enough to get me thinking I need some new speakers! and an 8k TV!!!! That think was beautiful. Someday.


I can definitely appreciate your taste. I certainly would go that way. I'll hit the poker table, maybe someone there will pitch in for 1 or 2 :respect:

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OH man if you want speakers well all I can say is Klipsch!
Nothing further follows!

I would love some Klipsch! but i'd probably have to but one every 2 or 3 months!
I'm not picking up a soundbar. I walked by one in microcenter - hooked up to a 3,000 8K 70" TV ( :D)
It sounded good enough to get me thinking I need some new speakers! and an 8k TV!!!! That think was beautiful. Someday.


I can definitely appreciate your taste. I certainly would go that way. I'll hit the poker table, maybe someone there will pitch in for 1 or 2 :respect:

:toast:
IMHO it is the only way to go. I took the CC and just went ballistic I spent well over 25K on computers and sound equipment.
And NOPE I am just getting started.
I figure I can not take it with me so before I go I am going to run the CC's to the max! LOL still haven't maxed out the Alaska Sky miles card it''s at 30K And climbing! LOL

And no some one told me once how much I had I forget so don't ask. LOl.
Been retired since 2008.
 
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IMHO it is the only way to go. I took the CC and just went ballistic I spent well over 25K on computers and sound equipment.
And NOPE I am just getting started.
I figure I can not take it with me so before I go I am going to run the CC's to the max! LOL still haven't maxed out the Alaska Sky miles card it''s at 30K And climbing! LOL

And no some one told me once how much I had I forget so don't ask. LOl.
Been retired since 2008.
How about these Klipsh for 60 each?

Amazon.com: Klipsch R-41M Powerful Detailed Bookshelf Home Speaker Set of 2 Black: Home Audio & Theater

Klipsch R-41M Powerful Detailed Bookshelf Home Speaker Set of 2 Black​



$119... for the pair - have an hour and a half to order.....what do you think?

I'd love a spree like that :D go go!
 
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I need some speakers and this is my AV/Receiver, 7.1. It's a few years old by now, but with some good speakers it should do well.
only thing is, I can't find anything that looks worth picking up.
I've never owned a decent sound bar, but I'd be willing to go that way, or pick up some Decent pairs and a center ( I have an okay sub woofer).

I'm most interested in sound bars after hearing a few, but I do want surround so any suggestions would be great.
Price range...if it really good, I'll go a bit more....don't want to go much above $500 less would be great... more, well let's see it.


Thank you!

Go on the internet and looks for a set of used Sony Pascal speakers, those where great in their day...
Just an idea :rockout: https://www.ebay.com/itm/SONY-PASCA...b56d2471c:g:pkwAAOSwajtgID7n&autorefresh=true
 
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How about these Klipsh for 60 each?

Amazon.com: Klipsch R-41M Powerful Detailed Bookshelf Home Speaker Set of 2 Black: Home Audio & Theater

Klipsch R-41M Powerful Detailed Bookshelf Home Speaker Set of 2 Black​



$119... for the pair - have an hour and a half to order.....what do you think?

I'd love a spree like that :D go go!
Any Klipsch are good they just have the best cones and windings the sound is , Well have you ever heard whisky in a glass of ice? well you can not even tell the difference from live or real with Klipsch speakers the sound is so absolutely clean and clear it will make you wonder why you took so long and why you ever thought JBL was a killer speaker! LOL.
 
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Go on the internet and looks for a set of used Sony Pascal speakers, those where great in their day...
Just an idea :rockout: https://www.ebay.com/itm/SONY-PASCA...b56d2471c:g:pkwAAOSwajtgID7n&autorefresh=true
OMG NO WAY NOT EVEN!
You did not just say they are decent? Sony are the absolute worst pieces of shizt ever to hit the market like I think they bought Fisher and just went from there!
Sorry I just hate there speakers Sony makes some great TV's and Stereo's Just NOT speakers.
 
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B&W is also a big HI-FI player, not sure they have anything surround lying around though...
OMG NO WAY NOT EVEN!
You did not just say they are decent? Sony are the absolute worst pieces of shizt ever to hit the market like I think they bought Fisher and just went from there!
Sorry I just hate there speakers Sony makes some great TV's and Stereo's Just NOT speakers.
To be fair, irc, pascal series where EISA winners...
 

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^^ Yep. This is the answer. ^^
They are not bad they are made by Klipsch and all but remember they are NOT there reference Premier there is a big difference in the sound you hear just remember that.
B&W are really nice too but you have to do your homework to get there top of the line stuff not doing so you can end up getting there low end model.
 
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Thanks again, all great help! I have one problem now.

My Onkyo seems kaput. I was cleaning it up and prepping for speaker arrival tomorrow, it worked for a few minutes, then shuts off...I think it's a big brick now.

For temporary purposes, this is a picture of the rear i/o for my motherboard. I have never used the direct outputs to speakers, so I could use some help with the type of wire
that would go from the 3/8" jacks on the board to the speakers. Also included is a picture of the wire inputs on the speakers (R-41m Klipsch).

once again, great help to all and many thanks! I did like the Dayton's, as well as a few other mentions. :toast:
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The wharfedale diamond 9.1 are a great set of speakers (i have some now) and for the price sound amazing but i do have a wharfedale diamond SW150 sub to go with them but after coming from wharfedale pacific evo 20 floor standers and droping down to what i have now i can honestly say i am more than happy with the sound and how well the Diamond 9.1's handle many types of music and films.

The wharfedale diamond 9.1 can also be used as surround speakers and i believe they make a center speaker in the same range to for a good price.

Not saying to get this setup but is maybe an option to look into.
I have had Wharf3dale 7s that I bought from the Cable guy at a Weather Network he worked at. That was in 1999 and I haven't looked back since.
 
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Thanks again, all great help! I have one problem now.

My Onkyo seems kaput. I was cleaning it up and prepping for speaker arrival tomorrow, it worked for a few minutes, then shuts off...I think it's a big brick now.

For temporary purposes, this is a picture of the rear i/o for my motherboard. I have never used the direct outputs to speakers, so I could use some help with the type of wire
that would go from the 1/4" jacks on the board to the speakers. Also included is a picture of the wire inputs on the speakers (R-41m Klipsch).

once again, great help to all and many thanks! I did like the Dayton's, as well as a few other mentions. :toast:
You can't hook up speakers directly to your the outputs of your PC, the drivers need a lot of power to move the air to produce sound. Thats why old school amps are so bulky and heavy.

So yeah, you are going to need some kind of amp... Surround sound isn't worth it my opinion; I would just stick to 2.0 or 2.1 and get the best set of speakers to fit your budget rather than 5/7 much lower-end speakers. Modern amps are so much better than the early and mid 2000s that any decent amp is going to be fine really, something like this Pioneer receiver would be good.

Also did you order the Klipsch already? Nothing really wrong with them as a brand but you get what you pay for for the most part and all the low-end lines of speakers from the big brands are all pretty much built to price point....
 
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You can't hook up speakers directly to your the outputs of your PC, the drivers need a lot of power to move the air to produce sound. Thats why old school amps are so bulky and heavy.

So yeah, you are going to need some kind of amp... Surround sound isn't worth it my opinion; I would just stick to 2.0 or 2.1 and get the best set of speakers to fit your budget rather than 5/7 much lower-end speakers. Modern amps are so much better than the early and mid 2000s that any decent amp is going to be fine really, something like this Pioneer receiver would be good.

Also did you order the Klipsch already? Nothing really wrong with them as a brand but you get what you pay for for the most part and all the low-end lines of speakers from the big brands are all pretty much built to price point....
Thank you, appreciate that. Would I be correct in that you would need active speakers to hook up direct like that. I'm not saying i'd want to do that, just trying to understand because
I have never used the mobo, except for hookups to what I realize now are powered units with inputs. I think I understand a bit better and it looks like I'm in for a receiver, unless I have a backup in the scrap pile for now. Thanks for clearing that up! And another thing I realize is that your right about the lower end units. I might just have to spend the cash for quality and in that case, you might be right about going for good stereo with a decent subwoofer. Thank you for helping me out with that, Operandi!
 
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