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u/JUGGERNAUT0014 · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hey Zeos! I want to thank you so much for your guide. I just started looking at making a home theater setup yesterday for the very first time and it was pretty daunting at first. After reading through your posts and several others at /r/hometheater I have it narrowed down to a couple of options and would appreciate some advice on the selections I've made. I apologize for the long post but I want to make sure I make the most informed decisions for my first home theater purchase.

I just purchased the 65" Samsung JS8500 and I have an Xbox One that will be my main bluray player for now with a focus on movies / games.

Through my research last night and going through your suggestions at the top of this thread, I've chosen the Denon AVR-S510BT.

My question is in regards to speakers. Last night I had decided on the Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers with the accompanying Center since it's my first system and I was thinking of trying out something cheaper for an intro setup which would be better than just my TV speakers.

Whenever I get into a new hobby I tend to start thinking of an intro setup and get sucked into the nice expensive parts because I believe in "buy once cry once". I'd hate to get the Micca's and then a year later want to upgrade them to something nicer anyways when I could have just spent a bit more and got something that would have lasted me longer.

edit after more reading and watching your videos I see you recommending the Elacs quite a bit, I know you mentioned they would be great for music and I loved how they sounded, is this the case with movies and games as well? My budget is pretty open if it's for the right items and I can afford the Elac 6.5"s or something in that similar price range like the HTD Level3's (loved that sound demo too) if they would really make the whole setup shine and last me for years to come.

If I do end up choosing more expensive speakers and could only purchase one or the other to start with, would you recommend a Center speaker or a Subwoofer like the BIC America F12?

Thank you so much in advance, I appreciate all the time you've taken to write up these guides and answer questions.

u/Funkbass · 2 pointsr/Zeos

Hey Zeos! Not sure if this is quite the right thread for this, but thanks to you for the past several months I have been the proud owner of a Fluance SX-6 and Dayton SUB-1200 home entertainment audio system. I think it sounds great, and the SUB-1200 appears to be on a huge sale right now, so I was looking to get the same setup for my vinyl collection upstairs. As I was looking on amazon to find the sx-6, I came across this set of speakers which includes a center channel for not much more money whatsoever. Do you have any experience with that set? I certainly have the room in this vinyl collection room for a center channel, but I don't want to sacrifice the great quality of the SX-6s for a little more value.

u/BartyB · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hi Zeos thank you so much for the guide! I am someone that knew nothing about starting up a good sound system and you have helped me tremendously. I am wondering if you can explain this one thing to me that I do not understand. I am coming down to the final debate of what receiver to get and I cannot choose between these two...

This one and getting the refurbished one: (I am always skeptical about used stuff and rarely never get refurbished but thanks to your guide saying refurbished is not so bad I am open to it.)
http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-S700W-7-2-Channel-Receiver-Bluetooth/dp/B00JRTMOGS/ref=cm_cd_ql_qh_dp_t

Or this one and getting it brand new:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CALM12W/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AAK72K4OIWDXL

The S700W is a lot cheaper and from what I think I am understanding even better, while the X3000 is a few hundred dollars more and they both seem to have pretty much have the same features.. Is there something that I am not seeing and or not understanding why one might be better than the other? Which one do you suggest? I am only trying to start my sound system and for now it will only be used in my bedroom (only going to start with a 3.1) but I do want it future proof and be able to expand which is why I am going with a 7.2. So when I do move it out to a living room I will be able to add speakers. But I know anything will be better than the Philips sound bar I have now...

Here is the rest of the equipment I picked out:

Speakers: Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers and the matching center speaker.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E7H8GG2/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AFKH6OU9WWNFS

Subwoofer: BIC America F12 12-Inch 475-Watt Front Firing Powered Subwoofer

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015A8Y5M/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

and then for wire I just figured the AmazonBasics 16-Gauge Speaker Wire..

Just throwing out all the items I plan on starting with to see what you think and open to suggestions because I am very un-knowledgeable with sound systems. This might be a stupid question but is there a difference between a used receiver and a refurbished receiver?

Thank you again :)



u/my_shoes_hurt · 1 pointr/Zeos

That thing between the bookshelf and the TV stand is a section of the wall that sticks out which is an access point for the house's main water valve. It sticks out about 6" and comes from the ceiling to about 3' down the wall. Nonetheless something can certainly be put underneath or in front of it. I will look into getting some speaker stands for the fronts to get them above the couch line and near center line with the display.

I will likely be sticking with the Onkyo receiver for a plethora of other reasons I won't bore you with. However, I've re-evaluated based on your feedback, had a chat with the purse strings, and we decided to go in deeper on the speakers, alotting a grand or so for the speaker setup. My speculative setup is now looking like the following options:

Sub: SVS SB1000 (~$500)

Front: BIC America FH-65B (~$200) or Klipsch RB-41 (~$300)

Center: BIC America FH6-LCR (~$100) or Klipsch RC-42 II (~$250)

Rears: A bit trickier, there is only about 7" clearance between the ceiling and the doorjamb for that one rear, as the room has a pretty low ceiling (7'5"). Therefore, of your suggested models it looks like the best option for that door position would be the Klipsch S10 (~$200), which has a height of 5.6" and should fit nicely.

Does this sound like a happier set of options than my first draft? My temptation is to go for all the Klipsch options because I love the aesthetics of them, but if I would be better served in the eargasm department by the slightly larger (and less expensive) BICs for front and center, I will go that route.

Let me know what you think, and thanks a ton for your advice. It is very comforting getting direct feedback from someone who knows what they're about in this area!








u/ahatzz11 · 1 pointr/Zeos

I have been putting together a 5.1 system, and was wondering if you would be able to take a look at it! Maybe something you would recommend other than what is here. This set up is a little more than I wanted to spend, but from what I have read about each piece, it seems to be worth it. Any advice is appreciated!


Denon S500BT


BIC America F12


Micca MB42X Center


Micca MB42X BookShelf


Fluance AVBP2 Surround


A few questions I have:

  • Are the Fluance dedicated rear speakers worth the extra 50 bucks over 4 of the Micca bookshelf speakers?

  • Is the Micca center speaker a recommended speaker? I didn't see it listed in the OP, but I found it while searching through amazon, and figured that matching the front two speakers was a good idea.

  • I was also looking into the Denon E300, but I don't see any advantages over the S500BT - any advice?

  • What other things will I need to complete this system? Some speaker cable for sure, do I need a sub cord or any banana plugs? It doesn't look the S500 uses plugs, but I figured I would ask.
u/ZeosPantera · 1 pointr/Zeos

Before the questions. The Onkyo speakers are a bit of a mystery. I haven't heard them personally but also don't know anyone who has. You will be the first guinea pig I suppose (50 reviews on amazon and 4.5stars).

  1. Yes. There are certain aspects of 5.1 tracked movies that simply can't come out without one. The sub also takes any low frequencies your smaller speakers can't produce and deal with them (think center/rears more than your tower fronts). The beautiful part is the sub can always be adjusted if you think it is too much.

  2. It is usually recommended to match the center to the front speakers so the timbre (sound signature) stays the same across the front as things move across. I just can't seem to find a center made by onkyo that matches the tweeter style (soft dome) of the towers you bought. So with that in mind I'd consider this Fluance center channel which at least based on looks has a closer matching tweeter and cabinet then the other onkyo offer. 3.0 is a thing you can run with out rears or a sub from the start. As for rears just look at the ones I list above. Any of those or any of the bookshelves in general will work and you can definitely afford a $99 pair with your budget and just get the whole thing done. (wire running isn't that hard!)

  3. The setup should last. Onkyo has had iffy reliability as of late but it varies wildly between models and batches so as long as it doesn't die right away you should be good. If you don't like the speakers you would be hard pressed to find anything as big for $120 so keep them if you like them!
u/mcwerf · 3 pointsr/Zeos

Hey /u/ZeosPantera,

I first wanted to say you are the fucking man. This subreddit has been so incredibly helpful in figuring out my audio system. Additionally, I was wondering if you could provide your expertise for me.

My fraternity is currently getting our house back in a few weeks, and we have money to spend on home improvement (in this case, an audio system for the large common room). I'm looking for a system that can double as both a home theater sound system as well as speakers for a large, loud party. I assembled a list of components and was hoping you can recommend any changes. This is the list so far:

Receiver - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B7X2OV2/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Center - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015A8Y3E/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Front speakers (tower) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002ISZEV2/ref=ox_sc_act_title_7?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Rear speakers - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CRMKJTQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1WPEQCN6WJKZG

Subwoofer - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015A8Y5M/ref=ox_sc_act_title_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

These are the ones you listed as being loud enough to play music on as well. Will these products fit the bill for my needs (home theater, large frat party)? Also, these extras to set up the system:

Banana plugs - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0090CVJZ4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

RCA cable - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FVX9FO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1DCPNQKKEISZB

Copper wire - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00APEG9MO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Is there anything I'm missing in order to set up the system? Thank you so much!!

u/Beanna · 1 pointr/Zeos

Ah yes I forgot about the mic... So I guess I'll go for the X1s anyway and plug the mic into my motherboard with a jack extension cable and hope for the best.

Just to double check, if that causes a gound loop, a noise isolator like the Mpow one plugged between the X1s and the X2 would work fine right?

Thanks again for being so available, it's greatly appreciated.

u/TempestNathan · 1 pointr/Zeos

Thanks for all the great info!

Any thoughts on the SMSL Mini 5 for a combined power and headphone amp? http://www.amazon.com/SMSL-Digital-Amplifier-Built-Headphone-Adapter/dp/B00LRK9VRU

I like having just one box on my desk that I can control volume from and plug my headphones into, but all the others I've seen with that were only 25WPC. This one gives that advantage, plus the power of the SA50. Would be great if it had an integrated DAC too, but I have yet to find a 50+WPC amp with DAC and headphone jack. But for now I can just run it off the sound card, and in the future throw in a separate DAC.

Edit: Alternatively there's the truly awesome-looking Dayton DTA-120: http://www.amazon.com/Dayton-Audio-DTA-120-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B00HFG3FYA/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

u/mlph · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hey Zeo, could you go over my first set-up and see if everything would work together? Here's what I got so far:

Behringer UAC202 DAC

Sherwood RX-4109 105 Watt Stereo Receiver - Any opinion on this? It seems really good for the price but seems like a gamble from what I read.

Pioneer BS22 - I've heard the BS22s are very power hungry which is why I decided the above receiver would be a good match for it.

From my understanding it would go something like this:

Laptop <--DAC <--RCA--> Sherwood Receiver --> BS22

Is that correct? And would I benefit significantly from purchasing a subwoofer?

u/Widowmaker23 · 1 pointr/Zeos

Zeos! I LOVE this subreddit and have just bought a house with a new dedicated theater room! I am very excited and would really appreciate it if you could look over my build and give me any suggestions. The price is somewhat flexible so if there is something that you think would really help me then please don't hesitate to ask.

Epson 8350------------------------------------------------------------1100
SMSL SA50 Amp--------------------------------------------------------70
Speakers-----------------------------------------------------------------250
Screen------------------------------------------------------------------236
Receiver-----------------------------------------------------------------250
BIC America F12 Subwoofer-------------------------------------------184
Total--------------------------------------------------------------------2090

Some of the prices may have changed but it should be fairly close... So how would you improve on this build?

Thanks so much!!

Edit: Formatting

u/Low-and-slow · 1 pointr/Zeos

After watching your reviews again for the speakers in question, I think I may have arrived at a conclusion. I'll probably go for the SX6s just due to the fact my room is larger. Reading through other threads, I see that you now recommend going with the this center rather than the set released after your video review. How big of difference will I see between these? Will the rears have a big enough presence if they are placed on the rear wall about 6 feet away or would I be better off going with these babies? I like the wood version of the SX line, it makes them stand out and are different than the normal black.

Can you recommend a wall mount that will handle the SX6s? Thinking of tip-over safety for toddlers and crawling kids.

Thanks for listening to me think out loud in these posts.

u/-iNfluence · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hey Zeos,

I'm thinking of investing ~$250 into a 2.1 setup. How would you recommend allocating that money? I'm looking for good bookshelf speakers that don't take up too much space, this subwoofer, and i don't really know what I'm talking about with the amp.

I toyed with putting together powered monitors and a sub, but if I understand you correctly, a true 2.1 setup with an amp and passive speakers will outperform this setup.

I'm just not sure whether I should buy really nice bookshelves and the lepai amp, or a nice amp and decent speakers. And from there, I'm not sure what products would qualify as which categories.

u/irrelevant_query · 1 pointr/Zeos

Copy and pasted a question I asked another thread in this sub.

> Hello, /u/ZeosPantera I noticed that the Dayton Audio DTA-120 is no longer in your recommended list. IIRC you had it previously. I quite like mine, just looking for your thoughts regarding it as a headphone amp. specifically how well it will drive Beyerdynamic DT990 250ohm pro. My setup is PC->UCA202->DTA-120->DT990pro250 / B562

Also if you are interested in and/or enjoy in Dwarf Fortress check out the game /r/gnomoria. It is an Isometric Dwarf Fortress type clone, in active development. It is nearing 1.0 and has really come a long way, and while nowhere near as deep as DF yet, by the time 1.0+ rolls around it will have a lot of features, be quite challenging and quite a lot of !fun!, no clowns yet unfortunately, I would love to see the "circus" al la DF for more late game content in gnomoria.

u/CJRhoades · 2 pointsr/Zeos

It's my first dedicated DAC so I don't really have anything to compare it to. Sounds fantastic to me though. I'm running toslink to it from a Xonar DG.

I didn't really get into audio until I started watching your channel. Before that I always had Logitech 2.1's. I didn't realize those Micca's were gonna be so big when I got them and had nowhere to put them on my desk. Happened to find some awesomely cheap stands on Amazon though, just $40 for the pair shipped. Linky if anyone's interested. Not pictured is my Dayton Sub-1200 on the other side of the room.

Thanks for the vids. Keep em coming.

u/clearly_i_mean_it · 1 pointr/Zeos

Thanks for the guide! I just want to make sure I understand everything.

I just bought the Denon AVR-E300. I'm looking to set up a 2.0 system for my TV, to eventually upgrade to a 3.1 and, when I get more space, a 5.1 system.

Per this post, the Denon acts as an amp, correct? So now all I need are two bookshelf speakers and the speaker wire (which you recommend be at least 14/2 Awg 250-Feet In Wall Speaker Wire)?

I have about a $200 budget for the speakers. Between the Micca and the Fluance it seems like you prefer the Fluance?

u/Bottomonium · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hey Zeos, thanks for the post, as always.

I'm looking for desktop 2.0 setup, and already have the Fiio E10.

Would SMSL SA-50 and Fluance SX6 (now available in UK, yay!) work with it (and together)?


Btw sorry for not using your affiliate links. I would, if you managed to include them somewhere here, if it's worth your time :)

Also, I assume I should use the 3.5mm to 2RCA with the E10?

Thanks

u/htshadow · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hey Zeos. Thanks for making this awesome subreddit. If I hadn't stumbled on to here I might have gone with a HTiB.
So now that you've inspired me to get surround sound how does this set up look to you.

The room is aprox. 18ft long and 15ft wide. I also use a projector.

Receiver: Denon AVR E300

Subwoofer: Bic America F12

Bookshelfs: Fluance SX6-BK

Center & rear: Fluance SX Series Center Channel & Surround Sound Speakers - http://www.amazon.com/Fluance-Series-Channel-Surround-Speakers/dp/B009ZTGZOC/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=1GXRGZXZ1TEV7RDXKSGD

Will this setup work in a room of my size?

Is there anything I should switch out? (my budget is: the cheaper the better)

Is there a set up guide you could refer me to?

Are the center and rears I linked to sufficient?


It may be worth noting that I've only used the tv speakers/projector speaker. Never legit audio equipment.
Also I have no music needs, this is only for tv/movies & video games.
Thanks for your help man, I would be lost without these guides!

u/homeboi808 · 1 pointr/Zeos

Heavy no on the sub, doesn't even reach 30Hz. If you want a Klipsch sub, you can get the one I have for $260, it's not the newer model, which is why it's much better value. For a comparison, mine vs 10sw. Mine is comparable to the 112sw, which is like $650.

Also, I think the Fluance XLBP is on sale now for $120 (normally $200), so it would be worthwhile to get that instead for your surround as it's much better for, currently, not a lot more.

u/LFsounds · 1 pointr/Zeos

I am looking to setup my first home theater system want to start out with 2.0 then eventually expand to a 5.1 setup. Just want to get some inputs. Thank you for the help.

receiver is this a decent receiver or should I spend a bit more for a receiver?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017AECEJI?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00



Speakers (having a hard time deciding between these 3)
very slightly leaning towers pioneer just cause I would want to get tower version and move bookshelf ones to the back. How does these 3 compare. I mainly will use it for movies and some music.

energy RC10
https://shop2.frys.com/product/7777388?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Pioneer SP-BS22-LR
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008NCD2LG/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008NCD2LG&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwpuresimula-20

Fluance SX6-BK

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IEDL8EM?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00

u/CLucas127 · 1 pointr/Zeos

I have a small college apartment and am hoping to buy a starter system for no more than $300. I have an AirPort express as well as plenty of Apple products to make good use of the AirPlay.

I don't need anything fancy as long as it works, as I don't think its a big challenge to fill an apartment as small as mine with decently loud tunes. That being said the cheapest combination of speakers, receiver and subwoofer you have listed would already be over my budget. Can I survive without the woofer?

EDIT: I should have looked around this subreddit more, I am reading more in your thread about building a 2.0 into a 5.1

EDIT 2: I have further assessed the situation. You recommend this receiver as the starting point, however given my budget is a bit smaller, would this one work as well? I would then get the suggested Micca MB42X bookshelfs unless you think these ones might be better (I've seen them on sale for cheaper than the Micca so I'd just wait for the opportune moment). I'm definitely a beginner in the audiophile department, so I'm not sure how many different inputs I need, but I would be trying to connect this to the TV + cable box, 2 consoles, and the airport express.

u/arrowpinework · 1 pointr/Zeos

Awesome!! Thanks man.

In your video review of the SX6's you mention that they don't have a matching center, but in your write up you link these.

Just wanted to double check that the center and surround would match with the bookshelves. Thanks again Zeos!!

u/BuyingSpeakers · 1 pointr/Zeos

I just got back from vacation and was about to order the SA60 + MB42x but thought of another question after re-reading your post:

  • Should I consider buying 14AWG or 12AWG wire instead of 16AWG?

    Also, if you have a referral link for this, I'll gladly use it. Your guides, reviews, and advice are all much appreciated!
u/sadhappyd · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hi Zeos,

Setting up my first 5.1 system in my family room. I am on a limited budget. I wonder if you have a preference over the Yamaha RX-V379BL or the Denon AVR-S510BT receivers? Also I noticed this Polk sub-woofer wasn't listed, is it something to stay clear of? Right now I can get all of that for $420, does that seem like a good budget setup?

u/WhosListening · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hi Zeos,

I found a Polk Audio PSW10 on sale for 89.99 on Amazon. The reviews indicate that this is a good unit (4.5 stars, 1500+ reviews).

Is there anything terrible about this unit that I should be aware of?

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-10-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B0002KVQBA/

Also, on a somewhat unrelated topic - How do I thank you for all this free advice? I saw the Paypal link (and donated some $), but if you prefer getting a cool postcard from a distant land or something like that, let me know.

u/rainymondays · 3 pointsr/Zeos

Hi Zeos. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge and taking the time to educate and answer others.

I bought this HTiB about 2 years ago before I knew anything about audio/visual equipment. Everything is in good working condition. I started stalking /r/audiophile, /r/headphones, and /r/hometheater and came across /r/zeos. Reading up on your posts about 2.0/2.1 and 5.0/5.1 systems has made me think whether I should change my setup.

I'm currently using my system for watching streamed TV/movies and also for listening to music streamed from my android/computer to my Chromecast. I do not have a DVD or Blueray player. However, this is in a small room, about 11'x20'. Note that the TV/couch orientation uses the 11' distance and not the 20' distance. After looking at your diagrams for a 5.1 system, I noticed I have absolutely no room behind my couch since my couch is right up against the wall. This makes me think I'm not really taking advantage of a 5.1 system. I'm also not planning to upgrade the room size for another 3-5 years.

Would you suggest trying to sell the HTiB and starting from scratch with a 2.0/2.1 system? Will I see a notable upgrade from my HTiB? And since I use this for TV/movies, would it be advisable to get something with multiple inputs (like one of the 5.1 receivers) rather than just one of the amps you have listed above?

u/nitroretro · 1 pointr/Zeos

So I'm looking at this set: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EI6XVAC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3PO6K6MJQ13RE

And this for my sub:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N41IV58/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AKR88PAWTQVN2

This is my receiver:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YAO43YG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I don't think you've ever done a review on any dali so any opinion on them? Am I spending the money wisely? I would like to spend under $2.5k for all of these excluding the receiver.

u/arihant726 · 1 pointr/Zeos

I ordered an bic america f12. However, i saw a great deal for this sub so I decided to return the f12. Amazon said that since it is hazardous material, I can keep the f12 so now I have 2 subs. Should I use both of them or one?

u/Ojji- · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hello,
I am buying the ATH-AD700X and I'm really new to all this. Do the headphones benefit from having SMSL SD793 AMP/DAC other than having the plug on your desk and the volume control.


I really don't know even the basics.. from what I've gathered, headphones with high impedance benefit more from an amp. The AD700X only have 38ohms.


Also I'm big on gaming, so I'm going for the most detailed sound.

u/WahooWa · 1 pointr/Zeos

What are your thoughts on the new series of Denon receivers for 2013? I was looking at a Denon 1613 for $329, but stumbled across the Denon E300 (which is, according to what I can find, the replacement unit for the 1613) for $399. For factory refurbs from A4L the price difference looks to be about $249 to $215

The main differences appear to be increased wattage per channel and a more updated suite of web functionality (smartphone remote apps, Spotify, etc). Despite this, neither unit has wireless internet connectivity out of the box. Whether it would end up costing an extra $70 or possibly $35, is the 'updated' variant worth the extra money in this case?

u/terchie · 1 pointr/Zeos

First, thanks for your contributions. Your guides are very useful for quality entry-ish level equipment.

I'm currently running a 2.0 setup for my computer, SMSL SA50 + Teac L-H265B. I'm just left with choosing a sub. Any thoughts on this for $200?

I should add, budget isn't really an issue as long as it's justified. Would most people even be able to discern a difference between SVS SB1000 vs the Klipsch or Dayton Sub-1200? The setup is for a small room (12x10) , but may eventually be moved a bigger room (15x15).

u/rumpleforeskin16 · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hey Zeos, I'll likely be posting about this in a few different places, but I got the S.M.S.L mini DAC SD-793II for christmas. I've played with it for a couple hours, and I'm starting to think I got a defective unit.

The biggest issue is that everything sounds great at first, and then after about 40 seconds everything starts to sound like crap. The volume drops to about 25% in my left ear, it stays about the same in my right, but the clarity is gone. If I turn it up past halfway, the distortion becomes disgustingly bad.

So this first issue, where the sound shifts to my right ear and the quality takes a dive, goes away if I quickly turn the device off and then on again. It returns in another 40 seconds, but turning it off and then back on again fixes the issue for those few seconds.

The second issue I'm having is the slight hum that's in the background, it comes almost entirely from the left earcup. If I touch the device, the hum becomes louder. It's exactly the sound you get when you turn an amplifier way up and then touch the tip of the signal/input cable. It's as if I'm grounding the signal with my hand I'm giving off interference of some kind.

The third issue is that I get nasty scratchy static whenever I adjust the volume knob. I wouldn't be super shocked to learn that that's normal but the other issues make this thing unuseable for now.

Input: Optical audio straight from my motherboard (windows 10 PC).

Let me know if you need any other info, thank you so much!

u/Conceded · 2 pointsr/Zeos

How is this system for around a $1500 beginning 2.1 system. Is there anything better for the money I can buy in that budget?

SPEAKERS

SUB WOOFER

RECEIVER

u/AKiDNamedNuGGy · 1 pointr/Zeos

Thanks for this guide /u/ZeosPantera !

I do have a question however since I am having a hard time finding the answer. I am looking for a receiver that can handle 4k HDR passthrough as well as ARC with 5.1 channels. Is there anything you would reccomend from Sony? I am open to other brands, but am not trying to spend more than 300$ I have a xbr800d and a ps4 pro.

For speakers I have these pioneer bookshelf speakers and a polkaudio psw10 powered by this yamaha s201 receiver.

For the center channel, I was looking at this klipsch KC-25 . Currently my set up is in my bedroom which isnt too big, maybe a 10x15 foot room. I'll probably end up picking the surround speakers sometime later.

u/GeneralBape · 1 pointr/Zeos

everything is here now im looking for a speaker stands would these be good? http://amzn.com/B000VRREPG i dont plan on mounting on the wall so stands are a must

u/Hipp013 · 1 pointr/Zeos

I'd leave this comment on the subwoofer thread but that thread is archived.

I know the Acoustech PL-200 is obviously a step up from the BIC America F12, but is it that much of a step up? I'm gonna be living in a small room next year, and I will be using the F12 (with my Fluance SX6 bookshelves) for primarily music but also movies and gaming. Is the PL-200 really going to be that much better of an upgrade for a small room? I'd understand if I was planning out a HT but again, small room. And a lot of reviews for the PL-200 complain it's a bit too boomy for music.

u/Brakkio · 1 pointr/Zeos

What's your opinion on the Polk Audio PSW10 ?

u/aj726 · 1 pointr/Zeos

I have narrowed down the choices for which set of rears to buy. Which one should I go with?

Klipsch S-10

Klipsch B-20

Micca MB42x

u/chaos_faction · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hey /u/ZeosPantera what are you recommendations for small speakers? I have limited space to put them and I was looking at the Audioengine A2+

Edit: I have about 5.5" between the edge of my desk to my mouse pad and I have this dac/amp

u/10000000100 · 2 pointsr/Zeos

Not sure if this is still an active post but thought I would post here before submitting a new post to r/hometheater

I have done some research and ended up just getting a receiver and a pair of bookshelf speakers. I was wondering what you, and everyone else, thought about what I got.

-Denon AVR-E300

-Klipsch Reference RB-61 II

-Monoprice 14AWG Speaker Wire

-Sanus Speaker Stands

I do notice that the bookshelf speakers are not capable of hitting the low bass notes in some songs that I listen to. Is there a sub that you can recommend that would work with my setup that will not be too overpowered but still able to fill a decent sized room. I was looking at getting the Klipsch SW-112 Subwoofer but was unsure if it would be too much for the bookshelf speakers. I do plan on keeping everything and eventually going to a 5.1 surround setup.

u/firstsnowfall · 1 pointr/Zeos

Thanks for the awesome guide. The matching center you recommend with the Fluance SX6 comes with rear speakers and isn't sold separately. I was thinking of getting the SX6 for front and the AVBP2 bipoles for rear. Would it be a step down to use the SX satellite rears instead?

Alternatively I can get this Fluance AV center channel or maybe this one since it actually has reviews but I'm worried about mixing different sets. Will the timbre match? What do you think I should do? I'm so tired of obsessing about this :P