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First home theater setup questions.

Hey everyone!

      I am looking for more experienced input and suggestions on my first home theater system. I am a college student on a budget. So the less money I can spend while still getting an amazing system for blu-rays, heavy bass music, and video games, the better!

 

The receiver I bought is the Denon 1611, solely because of the reviews/tech specs and I found it brand new for $250 and felt that was a steal. (about $50 dollars saved)

I only want two bad ass speakers hooked up to it right now, so I have been looking at these SP-BS41 since they have good reviews and specs as well.

 

I really have no idea how to even hook these speakers up to the receiver. What cords will I need to have everything working?

I have been looking at Polk PSW110 as a subwoofer. Are there any better subs than this option in the price range?

 

And for the future, what should I get as the rest of the speakers after I get my choice of loud speakers?

and most importantly!! Is there anything wrong with my setup?

Any input is GREATLY appreciated. I am a audiphile that is a stereophile noobie.

 

 

 

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Since I can't figure out to

Since I can't figure out to edit my post, I realized I forgot to include that I am going to buy Cerwin Vega VE-5C for my center speakers.

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I bought the Cerwin Vega

I bought the Cerwin Vega VE-5C for $99. I have spent 353 dollars on the Denon 1611 Receiver and the VE-5C center speakers. 

I am now heavily consindering the Dayton 120 12 inch sub for the bass. Along with the Pioneer SP BS41 speakers to finish off the front half of this 7.1 setup to hold me over until I can afford to purchase the rest of it.

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You have made many compromises

and it is likely that you will have less than satisfactory results. But what can one expect with such a budget? Good luck, you seem to be on your way to something. What it is, I can't be sure of.

You should have a timbral match between your front and center speakers which would suggest a pair of Cerwin Vega VE 5M speakers which can serve as your front speakers until they go to surround duty to be replaced by a pair of Cerwin Vega VE 8Fs. Either that or return the Cerwin Vega VE 5C and get the Pioneer SP-C21 center channel speaker to go with the SP-B41s. Then when you can afford it the SP-41s can go to surround duty to be replaced with a pair of Pioneer SP-F51-LRs for the fronts. The Pioneer SP-F51, SP-C21 and SP-B41 are very competent speakers for an entry level home theater.

The Dayton SUB-120 is about as good as one can do for $100-$200. It is not a true home theater subwoofer as it cannot reproduce low frequency effects below 25Hz.

You will need some 16 or 14 gauge speaker wire to hook the speakers up and possibly an HDMI cable to connect a Bluray player.

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Pioneers with CV?
MarkH27 wrote:

I bought the Cerwin Vega VE-5C for $99. I have spent 353 dollars on the Denon 1611 Receiver and the VE-5C center speakers ....................................................................................  Along with the Pioneer SP BS41 speakers to finish off the front half of this 7.1 setup to hold me over until I can afford to purchase the rest of it.

Why?  The center should match the L/R speakers as closely as possible and I sincerely doubt that the CV VE-5C sounds much like the Pioneers.

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Why can't you mix and match

Why can't you mix and match center speakers with the front left and right speakers?

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My a/v receiver has the

My a/v receiver has the technology to adjust all the speakers to fit each other with a mic.

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I have read several reviews

I have read several reviews of the vega ve-5c mixing well with other satellite speakers.

 

I have decided with the http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SA-W3000-Subwoofer-Each-Black/dp/B000OL22T2/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1329361667&sr=1-3 as my sub.

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Because we are telling you the center speaker

should be a timbral match with the right and left front speakers, and less importantly the surrounds. The Audyssey MultEQ only adjusts the sound level, it cannot make speakers more compatible, and I doubt the VE 5C mixes well with most other kinds of speakers. Another suggestion - Don't come to a forum and ask for advice and then argue with or contest the advise you are given.

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Sorry I didn't mean to argue.

Sorry I didn't mean to argue. It is just why is my stereo compromised? Are the Vega's that much worse than the Pioneers?

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MarkH27 wrote:

Sorry I didn't mean to argue. It is just why is my stereo compromised? Are the Vega's that much worse than the Pioneers?

Sorry for scolding, wasn't too nice was it? If I were you I'd consider a complete set of the Pioneers designed by Andrew Jones. SP-F51-LR, SP-C21, and SP-BS41-LR They really will sound much better than the Cerwin Vegas.

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I probably am going to return the Vega

Since it looks like the Pioneer is that much better, I guess I can pay the return shipping and just get the c21 and two bs41's. Do you have any other sub recommendations?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SA-W3000-Subwoofer-Each-Black/dp/B000OL22T2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329374543&sr=8-1

 

If not I will probably settle for that until I am wanting to upgrade my system.

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That Sony sub is not really very good.

The specs are inflated, no way that sub is going to produce signficant sound levels at 20hz. If you want good bass from a subwoofer it will cost you at least $300. Perhaps you could look at used subwoofer that can provide the performance you seek.

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Which subwoofers should I try

Which subwoofers should I try and find used then?

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POLK PSW505?

POLK PSW505?

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