didn't know if this would make a difference, but the room they will primarily be in is 10x10x8 tall, and I do tend to like things loud. these will also need to last, so they'll eventually be in a bigger room.
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Your room is small so that will save you $$. What is your max budget on this upgrade? Do you want surround sound in 5.1 or 7.1 or a 2 channel stereo set up? Two channel will also save you many $$. Do you like a great deal of bass ext? If so, you may want a powered subwoofer. Insignia receivers I would say are more on the low end if you know what I mean. If you would upgrade to brands such as Marantz, NAD, Rotel, Denon, etc for a receiver, you will be on your way up. Next are the loudspeakers. Sounds like you could get away with some bookshelf or what are now called standmount speakers. Brands such as B&W, PSB, KEF, NHT, and Energy offer a full range of prices and sizes but the quality is there. The PSB Alpha B1 monitors have rec'd great reviews for a budget bookshelf speaker and they list at $279.00/pr which is damn good. Denon's lowest 2 channel stereo receiver lists for $299.00, Marantz at $429.00, and NAD at $499.00. Check out their websites. The other option would be to purchase these items preowned. There are plenty to choose from on this site. Hope this helps and keep us posted.
Sorry but I'm just not familiar with the Klipsch sound nor could I find any data on the La Scala's at the Klipsch website. I would say that large floor standers for a room 10' x 10' x 8' high could be overpowering. I good pair of bookshelf speakers such as the B&W 685's, older DM601 S3's or DM602 S3's with an NAD or Marantz for example 2 channel integrated amp or receiver will (IMO) blow you away. Does your room have carpeting? A used Denon 2 channel receiver could be a good choice too. I wouldn't go any lower than say 50 watts RMS per channel. I hear great things about the Outlaw Retroreceiver at 100 watts/channel RMS. Check it out at their website. I came close to buying this but went multi-channel surround sound for both home theater and music.
Yeah, the deal is that the Cheap Denon's with the new Audyssey EQ is going to be LIGHT YEARS better than anything else you could EQ your system with! So, even if you go 2 channel, you'll still be WAY ahead of the game, sound-wise. Infact, you'll be even better off, as you'll be needing less processing power - because you're using only 2 speakers, not multiples, which need EQ'ing.
For you? I'd be looking at high efficiency, possibly horn driver or multiple mid/bass driver speaker designs! You need something that can be driven by lower powered on a budget, if you're not doing separates.
Again, with something like a $450 Denon (retail - much less on net), you should be looking at Klipsch's, Dappolito's, and dual mid/bass designs, which do better at dynamics. That's for bookshelves, and preferably floorstanders, also. For your room, with the Audyssey, you could EQ out floorstandars. But rock will be better running speakers as "small", and letting a powered sub handle the bass! You'll then be bi-amping your system, while getting an active sub into the mix. In fact, I'd be looking at bookshelves, if it where me, and doing a sub, yes. Better flexibility for best sound, all around, I think. However, with an efficient enough speaker, you could get away with EQing it out, and proper setup, for great reasults, if careful. Some speakers out there offer active woofers, so look around.
My first thought for you, for a budget, with superb sonics for you, is the Cheapest Denon with Audyssey, MultEQ. Then look for either some horn speakers, like Klipsch RB-25's, or some Dappolito designs, like Paradigm, NHT, or PSB L/C/R's used on the net. These will all be dynamic for rock, and help reinforce transient response, while being more room acoustic friendly, wiht added efficiency.
Another very strong option for you to look at, in a more high-end, but affordable speaker option, is to look at the Triangle Titus and Comet speakers! These offer a simple crossover, which makes the speaker respond more like an active speaker! This improve dynamics greatly, as does the horn like tweeter they use. These are WELL worth a try for you!
Sub? I'd look at some 10" you find a good deal on, which has a good bunch of reviews. (I found a killer little 8" sub for $20 on craigslist.com). So look around - same for speakers.
You can then scout around for speaker wire cheap, and IC's, tweaks, etc.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the help, Flrnlamb. I'm gonna go with the cheapest denon. Do I need one with Audyssey? And if so, which one is the cheapest with it?
What does Dappolito mean?
Any other recomendations with the fact that I'll be listening to metal and gaming w/ them in mind? And also price is a big factor too.
Thanks for the help so far everyone!
Active woofers? Well, years back, Home Theater Magazine did a $3k system face off" between 3 of the writers. The one that won the challenge used some then current Boston Acoustics powered mini tower speakers, which used some 8" active woofers, driven by a Jolida 40watt/ch tube integrated amp!! The same system looped in a simple DD Yamaha AV receiver for movie dubties, and processing DD/DTS sources. This system won because of the excellent mating between the more refined sounding tube amplifier, and the efficient dynamic clear sound of the semi active speakers.
Well I know Definitive Technology made a similar type of speaker that retailed for $500 ea, or $1000/pr, range. They, I believe, were the BP2006tl's. These, while not Dappolito (woofer-over tweeter-over woofer), still offer quite strong dynamics, and a clear, workable sound, similar to the sound of the Bostons - which sound better with tubes. Mated with some little tube integrated amp, you would have an excellent sound, with pretty darn good dynamics for rock! It's a thought. Of course, then were talking no system EQ here - which, in your tiny room, would be a HUGE benefit, indeed.
Since your room is so tiny, you will DEFINITELY need the benefit of the newer Audyssey technology! So, you could jump on one of the Denon AVR-688's or 1708's on ebay for around $285-300 range, and mate them with similar speakers I described. Then, you might even look into finding some innexpensive tube integrated or amp to mate up with em down the line - which you could then loop the Denon into for movies. I think it's a thought.
Other route is to go with some high efficiency Klipsch RF-5's(?), with the same Denon combo - maybe trying the tube amp in the system, down the line.
It's going to be hard to keep a low budget, and still get you full range speakers, room eq, and quality sound! You go with certain combo's, and then you need more amplifier, separates amps, more expensive speakers, and so on...so it's tough.
Actually, your challenge here, for a cheap budget, with great dyanmic sound,and quality overall sound, is the floor standing speakers, sans the sub! I could get better quality in some nice bookshelves, adding a great deal on some little 8" or 10" sub
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