- 10 posts total
- 10 posts total
Take the Onkyo and add an Audio Engine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver, nice stands for the receiver and speakers (See AudioAdvisor) and spend the rest on the speakers plus some decent cables. Speaker choices are nearly endless. If they want to watch Bluerays/DVDs, stream Amazon, Netflix, etc., or listen to the occasional CD, adding a consumer grade Samsung BDP with streaming capability would round it out for not much additional cost. The mid to higher end Samsungs can be configured to feed raw bitstream audio to the DAC in your receiver and the performance with BDs and CDs is rather good.
I can build a system for other people for $1K, but not necessarily myself (as an almost lifetime audiophile, I’m VERY picky when it comes to sound quality.... for myself, $2K may do it, and even then, compromises are going to be eminent, and I have to be able to know whether or not would I be willing to put up with those compromises long term until I come into a windfall of money, then of which I can make upgrades everywhere).
But here’s what I would suggest for them....
Speaker System -- Polk Audio TSi200 -- $200.00 (and that’s provided they don’t need SPL’s approaching that of a concert hall in an auditorium, nor need a bass response that you can feel nor can shake a room, and you’re not gong to have a lot refinement either. But for a young couple starting out, this all you need for right now. Something to aim towards later on).
Stereo Receiver:-- Onkyo TX-8270 -- $385.00 (100 WPC @ 8 Ohms, probably don’t need that much power, but it has network capability, connectivity for their TV (provided it’s a late or recent model), internet radio, and a phono input (for a MM Cartridge) just in case they decide to get a turntable later on.... a receiver they can grow with over time).
Network Music Player/Streamer -- BlueSound NODE 2 -- $390.00 (or less)(used.... off of eBay)
Total Price: $975.00 Plus Speaker Cable (between $25.00 and $50.00)