Greetings, new to the forum here. Coming from a SQ Car Audio background and looking for something to get me going in the apartment.
I am currently looking at something that will keep the music listener in me satisfied and possible be dynamic enough to play a movie through.
After much reading and not wanting to spend lots-o money at first. I am looking at the PSB Alpha B1 bookshelf set or the Paradigm Atom v.5 bookshelf set.
As I have found a local craigslist deal for the Alpha B1 AND C1 for under 300. I will probably go pick those up since they seem to have good reviews and are one step closer to a 5.0/5.1 setup. But firstly, a good stereo setup for music is priority over getting 5.1 right away.
So, since I am new and have just done a lot of reading. I would like your thoughts on that speaker choice. From what I understand those are about the best bang-for-buck speakers around under $300.00.
Furthermore, I need some advice on receivers. This is where my knowledge and reading really shows it's weakness.
I need a receiver that will push those speakers. Offer 5.1 output and will still give me a good music listening experience. Clarity in reproduction is key. At a budget.
Beyond that. The things that will be plugged into it are - Xbox(hdmi) BluRay(hdmi) and maybe an Iphone and Digital out from a computer. Then I would like it to take HDMI out to my television - 1080p Samsung 42"..
Here is my ultimate goal in all of this - LOW BUDGET. I would love to spend no more than 250-300ish on the receiver if possible. My goal (if I can get those speakers) is to keep it well under a grand for the whole 5.1 eventually. At leats most the way. I also am all about buying used equipment!
The major thing I do NOT want - is to get something that will completely disappoint me. I do not want the receiver to be the weak link in the reproduction of all that great music and secondly movies. If you tell me I have to spend $500 on the receiver or I will be upgrading in a month or two. Then I will just wait the month or two and get the $500 one first.
I also understand that in a perfect world I could audition all of this before buying. I don't know of anyplace I could truly audition a receiver though. Considering I would nearly have to have them both plugged into the same type of speakers in the same enviroment. I don't know if that place exists near me. Maybe it does? (Dallas, TX).
So as far as music goes - are there certain qualities that automatically come with different brands? Tonal, "warmth" in sound, dynamics, "strength" in the sound?
In Car Audio there seemed to be defining characteristics in some brands that you had a semi-predisposed idea of what "type" of sound you were getting. I also understand speakers play a big role.
Thanks for your help. I hope I got the sub-forum right. I'm pretty excited about getting involved in - in the home audio.