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Help me Pick a Home Entertainment System

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by GrooveWarrior, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. 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

    Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System

    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
  2. 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


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    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. 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.

  5. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Up to a couple hundred bucks maybe?
  6. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    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.
  7. Probably $400 max.
  8. Also, the wife doesn't want it to be ugly or bulky.
  9. duff beer

    duff beer

    Dec 2, 2007
    None of those tiny speakers you have shown can compare to a decent set of tower speakers.
  10. It's got to be small, bookshelf type speakers.
  11. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    Then make sure you get a sub with what ever system you choose.
  12. Does anyone have any real experience with the Sonos stuff? It's pricey, but seems to get great reviews.