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Christian465's picture
Last seen: 5 years 9 months ago
Joined: Feb 7 2012 - 9:46pm
Just got my first place...

Hey guys!

Well let me start off with a few details about myself.
-I am in the military so I move around every year or so.
-I am in my first apartment so I am hesitant to making any holes in walls since I have no idea how to.
-I don't really know much of anything about putting together a HTS.
-I like to listen to electronic music and play video games so that's what I would primarily be using these speakers for.

What I am wanting is a quality receiver that I can keep for a long time. I don't mind putting down a few more bucks on this since its more permanent. I checked out the Onkyo TX NR609 but wanted your opinions before I do anything.

Speaker and sub wise I haven't been able to narrow my search at all because of the variety. I just don't known what I should look at and what to choose over others. I have a regular size living room but no shelves around to put speakers on. Would floor speakers be more of my thing since I will be moving over the years?

My idea is to buy just a few speakers now and acquire more over time so my current budget is < 1000.

Thanks in advance for the help and advice!

MoarWotts's picture
Last seen: 5 years 9 months ago
Joined: Feb 3 2012 - 12:31pm
I was kind of in the same

I was kind of in the same boat, here's what I did and I have been happy thus far.



I looked at a lot of these in the $3-400 range and dailed in on a Pioneer Elite VSX-32, Denon 1612, Onkyo (don't remember the model) and a Yamaha (don't remember the model). I decided on the Denon for the following reasons, which may apply to you... I have all HDMI sources going into the receiver, therefore I did not want my receiver to touch any of my video signal, like upscaling etc.., just pass it right on through to my HDTV. So just based on audio, I wanted the best for what little money I was willing to spend. The reason I picked the Denon 1612 is because I was not interested in a 7.1 system, the large majority of movies, video games, music are all 5.1 format and honestly, 5.1 sounds great. Another reason I chose the Denon is because that amplifier has 5 discrete amplifiers, 1 dedicated to each speaker channel. The Pioneer, Yamaha and Onkyo have one amplification source that gets divided to each channel. I like having dedicated amplifiers to each channel, I know that each channel is getting pure un-divided juice. The final reason I chose the Denon is because it has Audessy speaker calibration. Plug in the included microphone and press go, the whole thing sets itself up.



I was also looking for a good first set of speakers, I went with all Polk Audio TSi series for the L+R+C, and the OWM's for the rear two channels, PSW series for the sub. They sound absolutely excellent. My friend who has a complete B&W set up was amazed that mine sounds better than his. 


Hope this helps a bit, and welcome to the club.

jackfish's picture
Last seen: 4 years 1 month ago
Joined: Dec 19 2005 - 2:42pm
Two channel or home theater?

If you don't want or need a multichannel set up to mostly watch movies, don't get an AV receiver. If you want a home theater, there are better forums that are geared to that like the home theater shack and many others. Stereophile implies two channel. What exactly are you looking for?

commsysman's picture
Last seen: 22 hours 10 min ago
Joined: Apr 4 2006 - 11:33am

If I was in your sutuation I would get a pair of good floorstanding speakers and hang onto the boxes and packing materials for shipping them when you need to move. I would put those together with an amplifier or receiver and let it go at that.

A pair of Monitor Audio M6 speakers would be a great choice, and they are available for around $500/pair at Audio Advisor.

THe Monitor Audio M1 speakers are $200/pair if you decide to get rear speakers.

I would recommend the Denon AVR-1612 receiver for good sound quality, a good list of features, and overall quality. You can find it for around $300 at Amazon and other websites. Check out the review on it at Home Theater magzine's website (Stereophile's sister publication). Save the box.

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