Help me Pick a Home Entertainment System

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  1. GrooveWarrior

    GrooveWarrior

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    I have a dilemma. I want a home theater system, but I have some limitations. I don't want to run 5.1 speakers all over the room, and I don't want a soundbar. I want something that will stay on the end table. I want to be able to play music and run the TV audio through it. I looked at the Sonos Play 1 system, but you can't run your TV audio through it, and I'm not interested in paying $350 for the device that allows you to do that.

    Give me your thoughts . . .



    I've looked at the following options:

    Sony CMT-SBT100 Micro Music System with Bluetooth & NFC
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    Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System
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    I have a set of these at work, and they are great.
    http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMedia-Certified-Computer-Speaker/dp/B000062VUO"]Bose Companion 3
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  2. GrooveWarrior

    GrooveWarrior

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    Here is a layout of the living room to give you an idea of what I'm looking at.
     

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  3. RS

    RS Supporting Member

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    Sub'ed. I am the same boat - I don't think I'll be happy with a sound bar but not looking to run wires and 5.1 set up. Just want some better speakers/sound for when I play music through my laptop to TV.
     
  4. iamlowsound

    iamlowsound

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    Budget? Vintage stereo gear will get you the best return on your money. A vintage receiver and some Bill Fitzmaurice speakers would give you killer sound for cheap.

    lowsound
     
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  6. RS

    RS Supporting Member

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    Up to a couple hundred bucks maybe?
     
  7. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story Supporting Member

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    Here's what I did.

    1. Panasonic Blu-Ray player with wifi and 3D ready tech ($80 used, can probably be found cheaper on the evil bay) http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMP...qid=1391970423&sr=1-2&keywords=blu ray player

    2. Vintage Pioneer SX-780 (can be found under $100 if you're willing to do some minor repairs yourself) http://www.ebay.com/itm/stereo-rece...pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item3f302b2027

    3. Pioneer bookshelf speakers ($70 used. I did a lot of testing and these had the best low mid and bass response, IMO) http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS...e=UTF8&qid=1391970658&sr=1-8&keywords=pioneer

    TOTAL: $250 plus shipping.
     
  8. GrooveWarrior

    GrooveWarrior

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    Probably $400 max.
     
  9. GrooveWarrior

    GrooveWarrior

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    Also, the wife doesn't want it to be ugly or bulky.
     
  10. duff beer

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    None of those tiny speakers you have shown can compare to a decent set of tower speakers.
     
  11. GrooveWarrior

    GrooveWarrior

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    It's got to be small, bookshelf type speakers.
     
  12. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Gold Supporting Member

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    Then make sure you get a sub with what ever system you choose.
     
  13. GrooveWarrior

    GrooveWarrior

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    Does anyone have any real experience with the Sonos stuff? It's pricey, but seems to get great reviews.
     

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