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Socially_Inept's picture
Last seen: 2 years 8 months ago
Joined: Jul 17 2013 - 8:48am
Soon to be another poor audiophile

Greetings fellow musically inclined humans, I'm, well, hoping to get a job soon, and when I do, I'll be looking for three things; 

1.) A very well rounded over the ear headphone set under $500 (I already have Beats Solo to blare dubstep to my heart's content without worrying about breaking something amazing)

2.) A powerful, yet good sounding car stereo system under $3,000, with amps, subs, mid ranges, tweeters, and probably a nice stereo...

3.) Some portable speakers for my laptop or cell phone under $200 that can effectively fill a small room.

I know I sound like I'm demanding myself gifts to be burned at my godly alter, but I didn't want to throw please in there every other word like I usually do when I'm talking. Anyway, as a side note, what's a really nice sound system I can get for my tv in the living room? I've been seeing the Bose thing with a big subwoofer, and two midranges or something, and it looks really nice, but it breaks the bank...



commsysman's picture
Last seen: 7 hours 28 min ago
Joined: Apr 4 2006 - 11:33am

If you want a pair of powered speakers that are very good-sounding, the Audioengine A2 are hard to beat.

There are websites/forums dedicated to car audio, but that does not get much discussion here.

Bose makes grossly overpriced systems that sound like crap IMO. If it says Bose on it, avoid it like the Black Plague.


For a good sound system to use with your TV at home, I would suggest the following:

-A Harman-Kardon 3490 stereo receiver (Around $300-350)

-A pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 speakers ($450)

1 A polk PSW505 subwoofer (around $200-230)


Be careful about "blaring" loud music with headphones. A year or two of that can result in severely damaged hearing that will cause you to suffer for the rest of your life. It happens to a lot of people, and there is no cure once you have damaged yourself.

Socially_Inept's picture
Last seen: 2 years 8 months ago
Joined: Jul 17 2013 - 8:48am
Don't worry, I don't actually

Don't worry, I don't actually blare music, I just keep it pretty loud, three notches or four from the top on the ipod. Anyway, thanks for the Bose heads up, I truly didn't even know, and, that home system does sound pretty good after I looked it up.

jackfish's picture
Last seen: 3 years 11 months ago
Joined: Dec 19 2005 - 2:42pm
For your request concerning headphones

the Grado SR325is is hard to beat at $300. However, they are open back so anyone sitting next to you may hear them.

Bill B
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Last seen: 2 years 11 months ago
Joined: Jul 28 2012 - 1:59pm

for under $200 speakers for laptop or cell phone I second the recommendation for AudioEngine 2.

For headphones under $500 check out the wall of fame on sister site  That includes Sennheiser HD600's or 650's or Momentum, or Philips Fidelio X1, and others, laid out in categories (open, closed, full size, compact, etc).  Although Tyll at innerfidelity is not a fan of Grados generally, they are good too and I enjoy my budget priced ones.

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