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not audiophil, but love good sound - help with choosing speakers

Hi guys,

hope you don't mind this type of question. As the title says, I'm not audiophil, but I have found out that I love good sound. This happened whened when i moved from some really cheap headphones to sennheiser px 100 (i know, that's also some very cheap low-end headphones for you guys )

Anyway, I would like to buy some speakers and i would like them to be at least a bit better than all those common logitech or creative speakers people usually buy. Unfortunately i was not able to orientate myself in all this audio stuff and that's why I wanted to ask you for help.

I would like to buy 5.1 system for movies, music and games (i know that all in one is not very ideal solution, but i need this compromise)
Price range should be something like this (i know it's not enough if you want hi quality audio, but again - compromise):

front pair: www.psbspeakers.com/products/Alpha-Series/Alpha-T1-Tower
back pair: www.psbspeakers.com/products/Alpha-Series/Alpha-B1-Monitor
center: www.psbspeakers.com/products/Alpha-Series/Alpha-C1-Center
subwoofer: www.psbspeakers.com/products/Subwoofers/SubSeries-6i-Subwoofer

So do you think the above speakers are ok? Are they the best for the price or do you think there is a better alternative for the same money? Or something with similar quality but for less money?
I guess I will need some amplifier, right? Can you recomend something?

Many thanks.

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Re: not audiophil, but love good sound - help with choosing spea

Welcome.

Those are fine speakers. You can argue about the "best" at every price point, but it's probably best to take the plunge. I do recommend that you go to a dealer to actually hear at least a small variety of speakers. By "dealer" I mean a specialty store emphasizing audio and A/V.

Take a favorite CD with you to hear something that really floats your boat.

Some will argue, but the very best music systems that I've heard are two-channel. If you need to start with a multi-channel AV system doing dual duty, then surround is a way to start, but if you're mainly into music, then spend more money on the two main speakers. (Most dealers will push you toward surround. Most audiophiles, no all, will steer you to two-channel).

Happy hunting,

Dave

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Re: not audiophil, but love good sound - help with choosing spea

I'd buy the best fronts you can listen to and then get a receiver with an HT bypass so you can listen to your music in 2 channel and your movies through 5.1. You can then make a search for a center and bookshelves that integrate well with your main speakers.

For a sub I'd look at SVS or Hsu.

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Re: not audiophil, but love good sound - help with choosing spea

Thanks guys. I will try to listen to as much speakers as possible, but i'm afraid that i will not find enough shops offering these better speakers where I live. That's why I'm asking for as much advice as you can give

Thanks

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