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Getting back into audio on a budget. Suggestions Please.

Discussion in 'Equipment Reviews & Opinions' started by jmanusa6, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. jmanusa6

    jmanusa6 New Member

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    I been out of the loop for about 10 years. I finally have time and room again so I dug out my old Sony ES VA333ES reciever and got it setup in a 14 x16 bedroom. I used to build speakers and had several sets around that I had spent a lot of time and money on but sold over the last 10 years for some extra paper in my wallet. My budget is pretty small right now at $300. I'd like the setup to be a 2.1 system, it will mostly be used for music and the occasional movie at night before bed. So far I'm leaning towards the Dayton SUB1200 at $150, this leaves me a $150 bookshelf speaker budget. New or used doesn't matter just excited to get my music space back.
     

     

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  2. mcgarick

    mcgarick Well-Known Member

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    T amp, or pro audio......chifi too.

    Craigslist....pro audio power amps and maybe Nikko or Hafler preamplifiers.
     
  3. Silentnet

    Silentnet AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    He's planning to use the Sony, budget is for speakers only.

    OP: I'd look at full range floor standers and add a sub later if needed... But I'm a bookshelf hater, so maybe don't listen to me. I do stupid things like put giant electrostats in a roughly 12x14 room.
     
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  4. Decibel_116

    Decibel_116 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    JBL Arena 130. Add the sub later...
     
  5. KevinJS

    KevinJS Lunatic Member

    I thought everyone did that.

    There’s no shortage of decent full range speakers at that price. I’d have a look at USAudioMart and see what’s posted there.

    Here's a pair of Mission bookshelves that fit your budget.(No affiliation)

    http://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649439200-mission-731-bookshelf-speakers/
     
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  6. jmanusa6

    jmanusa6 New Member

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    I really appreciate everyone's response and did look at each option. While looking at the JBL speakers on parts express I stumbled apon the Dayton MK402 bookshelfs and because of the great reviews and an open box option for $55 I grabbed them. I also went down to the Dayton SUB-1000 10" to save a little more money and I also thought the 12" model would be over kill for the bedroom.
     

     

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