Help me choose my first Amp + Speakers

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by pancakedrawer, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. pancakedrawer macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    G'Day Everyone

    I need help choosing some sound equipment for my home setup.

    Currently I have:

    A Samsung UA40D5000 LED TV - Handles all my picture needs

    An Apple TV Generation 2 - I use this to watch all my TV shows, Movies and listen to music etc

    A Sony PS3 - I use this for Gaming and playing the occasional DVD

    I'm looking for a way to improve the sound output for all of these devices. As they all connect to the TV, I assume a receiver would be a waste of money. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    What I assume I need is an amplifier and a pair of good bookshelf speakers. I would like to be able to control the speaker volume using my existing TV remote, but would settle for an additional remote if required. The amp would have to be very good/affordable to not have a remote.

    I've been looking into valve/tube amplifiers, I'm interested in possibly getting one if I can afford it.

    I also have a powered Rokit 5 monitor by KRK that I really enjoy the sound from.
    I was thinking of buying a pair of 6" Passive monitors for the system:
    I also like the aesthetics of these speakers.
    These are $450 on eBay which would leave me with $150-$250 max for an amp.

    The brief is a system that is going to dramatically increase sound quality for this system.
    The budget is around the $500 mark +/- $200
    Speakers should have a black casing, I'm not into fake woodgrain. Hardwood would be fine as I could stain it.
    The amp should be good quality, capable of handling 2 bookshelf speakers, if it has the option of powering a sub it's a bonus but I really don't think it matters.
    Must be available for purchase in Australia. I'm in Melbourne. Happy to buy on the internet.
    More than willing to buy second hand via eBay etc.

    Any questions just ask.


  2. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    Away from you
    Have you ruled out an all-in-one home theater system like this one?

    You didn't mention surround sound, but I like it for movies from both my BR and ATV. A system like above (or a receiver) also presupposes that you are okay with using the HTS/receiver as an audio/video switch connected to the TV with just one cable, which I also prefer.

    Good luck, and be sure to post up what you end up getting. :)
  3. pancakedrawer thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    Thanks for the response.

    I have indeed ruled out all in one package systems.
    I was given one for xmas by my family and after setting it up I found that the receiver and speakers were all poor quality. I'd much prefer to have 2 good speakers than 5.1 speakers that I'll just want to replace.

    I was thinking of buying a pair of powered studio monitors but wasn't sure if it was possible to hook these up to a TV directly.
  4. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Buy a nice surround sound decoder and just get a nice set of Front Left and Right speakers, probably grab a center as well and just wait a bit to get your side and back surrounds. I've tried to "rig/cob" make shift sound set ups and nothing compares to a good surround set up. I have an older Sony decoder but its hooked to some 3 different kinds of speakers that are all very nice and as a result my movies feel realer. Just my 0.02cents though...
  5. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Yup... A good receiver is the right choice for this. Then grab the speakers you like for the right, left and center. It's a great stepping stone to a proper home theater and if you choose your components wisely you won't need to replace them for a long time to come.
  6. OptyCT macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2008
    I would also look at a receiver. The best part is that you're just looking for something to run a 2.1 system. No point in buying new. Check the used market, save some bucks, and put the savings into better speakers.
  7. jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    If you want surround sound, just get a receiver. Most/all TVs today do not output anything more than left/right. (However, they will send all channels encoded to a receiver over reverse HDMI, if you are using the built-in tuner as a source.)

    I would think it would be difficult to even buy a stand-alone surround decoder today, without getting into esoteric/specialized/expensive equipment.

    If you really don't care about surround, sure, just run the line-level audio outs to a stereo amp or powered speakers. However, you aren't going to get a center channel, which may leave dialog less than desirable.

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