Looking for Decent Speakers for Apartment. Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by stangmmx, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. stangmmx macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2008

    Just got my ATV2. Love it.

    I was looking to get some decent speakers. I'd want these speakers to provide audio for my TV, ATV2, my PS3, and my computer. I'm assuming I'd probably have to use wireless speakers..? I dunno. I know next to nothing about home theater systems so, let me know your thoughts.

  2. j3yq macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2007
  3. stangmmx thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Good question, forgot to mention that.

    I'm a graduate student, and thus I'm generally going hand to mouth every wee so, I'm looking for best bang for the buck. I nearly pulled the trigger on just a sound bar for my TV a while back, but I'd like to cover more square footage.
  4. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    Do you want surround?

    Are you using a receiver or an amp?

    Speakers aren't much without some sort of decoding.

    How big is your room?

  5. LePigeonBleu macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    San Diego
  6. stangmmx thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2008
    apartment is 1100 sq ft total so it's not that big. I'd like surround.

    I do not have an amp or receiver. :(

    Money? Less than a grand for sure.
  7. Arnieaz macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
  8. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2008
    Dunno if you've got them in the states, but there's a lot of love in the UK for the Onkyo HT-22HDX setup. It comes in two parts:

    The main part is a sub/decoder and stereo speakers. It has 3 HDMI 1.4 in and one out (allows audio return from the TV if you have one that supports it) and several optical/coaxial/RCA inputs for legacy devices). It decodes everything including DTS-MA and Dolby TruHD.


    The second part is the speaker add-ons which add a centre and surround speakers which add in to form a complete 5.1 system


    This would also allow you to buy the stereo setup first and add the surround speakers when money permits.
  9. slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    For $1000 you could piece together a really good home theater system.

    Onkyo TX-SR508 receiver $300
    BIC Acoustech PL-200 subwoofer $350-400
    Pioneer SP-C21 center channel speaker $80
    Pioneer SP-B21-LR bookshelf speakers (pair) $80 x2

    That setup would totally transform your home theater experience. It would cost just under $900 and would allow you to purchase all your HDMI, toslink, and speaker cables under your $1000 budget. If you want to save $100 i would recommend the Acoustech H-100 subwoofer. But don't cheap out on the subwoofer or center channel speaker too much. IMO those are the two most important speakers in your home theater.
  10. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    I'd get some AudioEngine A5's and be done with it. They will easily fill that area with nice sound and you don't need anything fancy, it seems.
  11. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
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    The Bose 321 GS is a great system. Awesome sound with only 3 speakers total. It's under a grand too.
  12. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    I've been a graduate student living in random apartments and I certainly wasn't looking to spend a grand when I was living week to week, paycheck to paycheck.

    It seems like $1k is a good bit beyond budget under such circumstances if all you need to do is fill a small apartment with sound.

    The nice thing about investing $200-350 on some good powered bookshelf speakers now is that they'll still be handy down the road when you have a real income and a home. They can be re-purposed easily when the budget will allow for a real home theater system.
  13. gsrbob, Dec 30, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010

    gsrbob macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2010

    Or you could get a decent AVR with some Mirage speakers an add on later. Most AVR's now have a good amount of sound processing to account for the missing speakers. My old Onkyo has a preset (Theater Dimensional) that I used for quite awhile when I had no center or surrounds.
  14. stangmmx thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2008
    don't the book shelf speakers need a decent receiver?

    If I can get decent sound for 200-350, then I'm game.

    A5's don't need anything other than the speaker itself?
  15. stangmmx thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2008
    I had this system. Got it for my 21st bday. When I moved home for a few months, my dad took said system and it "disappeared".

    Found it a few weeks ago in his office.
  16. pasipple, Jan 1, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011

    pasipple macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    I'd second this......for sure!

    I have the A5's in Bamboo and they are very nice! At $450/pr. they are a steal. The black and white ones are $350. With these powered speakers you don't need a receiver or amp.

    I just added the AudioEngine S8 subwoofer and now I am complete. They sounded sweet without a subwoofer but they really rock now. The S8 is $350.

    So for $700 you can have a great sounding "quality" system with a small footprint. Look for 10% off coupons on the coupon websites.....I found one 10 days ago and got the subwoofer for $315.

    AudioEngine gives 30-day auditions for all there products so you can't go wrong.

  17. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    They are self powered, so that's all you need. Like someone above said, find a coupon someplace online and they'll do a 30 day money back period. I bought mine for PC use and they were great but ultimately too large. I moved them to a plasma I just use for gaming and the occasional movie and they rock. I've not felt a need for a sub with them, though I'm sure it's a nice add-on.

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