Best sound system under 400?

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#1 Posted by THEBVSED (21 posts) -
Sorry, theres probably lots of threads about this already, but if you could help me out it would be great. need it primarily for gaming.
#2 Posted by THEBVSED (21 posts) -
SORRY, but you know i gotta BUMP this.
#3 Posted by Skilled_Tactix (123 posts) -
a speaker system? idk, but id go with something from BOSE, they tend to be cheaper, and they give good surround sound.
#4 Posted by spittis (1875 posts) -
You need to provide more info. - Is it 400 USD, euro, pounds, kronor, bananas? - What's you source, do you have a dedicated sound card? - Are you looking for 2.0 speakers, 2.1, 5.1 or even headphones (sound system can be anything...)?
#5 Posted by THEBVSED (21 posts) -
I heard bose is expensive and you can get much better for the money... anyone?
#6 Posted by THEBVSED (21 posts) -
Oh sorry man. im a audio noob, i wanna hook it up to my tv, and game on that, 400 dollars, and i think 5.1 . thanks man
#7 Posted by Mozelleple112 (6618 posts) -
a speaker system? idk, but id go with something from BOSE, they tend to be cheaper, and they give good surround sound.Skilled_Tactix
Looks like we got a new troll on this forum. Judgding by this post, and another one, I wouldn't take him seriously guys.
#8 Posted by spittis (1875 posts) -

Well I've seen this set of 5.1 speakers recommended many times as an entry setup on AVSforums Energy Take Classic 5.1, so they should be pretty good, but I've never heard them myself. Right on budget anyways.

#9 Posted by Skilled_Tactix (123 posts) -
sorry, im a noob, belive it or not, i was serious, i havent bought a speaker system in a while.
#10 Posted by Mozelleple112 (6618 posts) -
sorry, im a noob, belive it or not, i was serious, i havent bought a speaker system in a while.Skilled_Tactix
Okay. Your posts just appeared to be obvious troll bait. Bose are not very good, and have horrible performance per dollar on almost all their products. Apart from a few decent headphones, the rest of their lineup is rather mediocre, yet hyped up to the heavens. Not all of them are bad, there are Bose surrounds that sound good, but they are not cheaper as you say, they tend to cost $5000 yet get beaten by for example a $1500 Dali Concept 5.1
#11 Posted by Skilled_Tactix (123 posts) -

thanks for clearing that up.

#12 Posted by MonsieurX (29132 posts) -
Look out of Onkyo's HTIB
#14 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

Well I've seen this set of 5.1 speakers recommended many times as an entry setup on AVSforums Energy Take Classic 5.1, so they should be pretty good, but I've never heard them myself. Right on budget anyways.

spittis
+1
#15 Posted by kraken2109 (12963 posts) -
[QUOTE="spittis"]

Well I've seen this set of 5.1 speakers recommended many times as an entry setup on AVSforums Energy Take Classic 5.1, so they should be pretty good, but I've never heard them myself. Right on budget anyways.

Wolfetan
+1

Don't those need a receiver? In which case they're not on budget. Also the satellites don't go below 115hz which isn't exactly ideal.
#16 Posted by spittis (1875 posts) -

[QUOTE="Wolfetan"][QUOTE="spittis"]

Well I've seen this set of 5.1 speakers recommended many times as an entry setup on AVSforums Energy Take Classic 5.1, so they should be pretty good, but I've never heard them myself. Right on budget anyways.

kraken2109

+1

Don't those need a receiver? In which case they're not on budget. Also the satellites don't go below 115hz which isn't exactly ideal.

You're right, they do need a receiver which the OP probably doesn't have, don't know why I didn't think of that. NVIDIATI had a sensible suggestion so look at that instead OP.

Regarding the frequency response though, I really think it's a rather bad way to look at speakers, I mean most likely the room you're listening in will make a bigger impact on the sound rather than having satellite speakers that respond to say 80 Hz compared to 115 Hz.

#17 Posted by THEBVSED (21 posts) -
Thanks for the help guys, really appreciate it :)
#18 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7270 posts) -

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-HT-S5500-7-1-Channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B0077V88ZE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356320685&sr=8-2&keywords=s5400

^zomg. On sale $250. Usually close to 400. Has a decent receiver to build upon just chuck the fronts for better ones in the future.

#19 Posted by NVIDIATI (7559 posts) -

Despite some of the 5.1 options discussed above, the best option would be to spend the money on a 2.1 system and add more speakers at a later time.

Take for example those Jamo's in my previous post, for the price they're not bad (keep in mind they are $130 speakers, nothing more), but you can do considerably better by going the 2.1 route.

If 2.1 is an option, I'll be happy to help you further.

#21 Posted by THEBVSED (21 posts) -
hmm, that actually sounds smarter, what are some reccomended 2.1 systems?
#22 Posted by kraken2109 (12963 posts) -
hmm, that actually sounds smarter, what are some reccomended 2.1 systems?THEBVSED
Well get a nice receiver so you can add more speakers later when you have the money. Then pick a nice pair of speakers and a sub.
#23 Posted by Mozelleple112 (6618 posts) -
#24 Posted by THEBVSED (21 posts) -
ok guys. im going to best buy or future shop tmrw for a 2.1 system, i increased my budget to 700 however I live in Canada so the prices are a bit higher than the states. any suggestions? i would rather not buy online cause of shipping prices.
#25 Posted by Mozelleple112 (6618 posts) -
ok guys. im going to best buy or future shop tmrw for a 2.1 system, i increased my budget to 700 however I live in Canada so the prices are a bit higher than the states. any suggestions? i would rather not buy online cause of shipping prices.THEBVSED
If you refuse to buy online I suggest you find a local hi-fi store in Canada. I don't know any as I don't live there, but Nvidiati lives in Toronto and apparently there are hi-fi stores everywhere. Do you live in Toronto or another big city?
#26 Posted by THEBVSED (21 posts) -
I did a google search and i do have a hi-fi store in my area. any reccomended items to look for?
#27 Posted by THEBVSED (21 posts) -
anyone? what should i get from hi-fi for 2.1 under 700 dollars?
#28 Posted by Mozelleple112 (6618 posts) -
anyone? what should i get from hi-fi for 2.1 under 700 dollars?THEBVSED
You can go to this hi-fi store and listen to see what you like the best. They will only have quality products in there. Doesn't necessarily mean everything is good, but you won't get fooled at least. "if you can't hear the difference, don't pay for it". Check and see what they sell. Jamo? Boston Acoustics? NAD? Cambridge? Dali? Polk? PSB?
#29 Posted by NVIDIATI (7559 posts) -

ok guys. im going to best buy or future shop tmrw for a 2.1 system, i increased my budget to 700 however I live in Canada so the prices are a bit higher than the states. any suggestions? i would rather not buy online cause of shipping prices.THEBVSED
That changes things quite a bit.

I would avoid Futureshop or Best Buy, most of the brands they sell in Canada are crummy or overpriced.

For a pair of fronts, you should look into the Wharefdale Diamond 10.2 speakers (MSRP $479 CAD). I'm not sure your location in Canada, but going under the assumption you're in or around Toronto (like a large chunk of the population), Audio Oasis on Queen Street E. will deal Wharefdale speakers. Keep in mind the MSRP can be negotiated down, especially if you consider buying a receiver from them too. As for a sub, well with the 10.2s you won't really need one right now.