Home Theater and Music

As I set up my living room, I’m looking to upgrade a couple of things. I recently purchased a Pioneer VSX-1121 receiver to connect all my devices and upgrade my sound.

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Long story short, I bought a Pioneer Elite VSX-50 from Best Buy but found a better deal/model on Amazon. The VSX-1121 has more features, inputs, and puts out a better sound. You can see the difference between the two receivers. Foo gave me a little tip: The heavier the audio equipment, the better.

So now I’m in the market for new speakers. I’m currently interested in getting a couple of Orbs. From most of the reviews, this seems like the best solution for me—it’s a balance of sexy looks and sound. I’ll be watching 80% movies and listening to 20% music with my setup.

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I’m not an audiophile, but some of my coworkers are… and one of them recommended a Bowers & Wilkins. From the looks of it, they’ll have superior sound… but I’m a little worried about the price. The 805’s are waaaaaaaaaay out of my price range… and honestly, I might not have the right environment to enjoy them.

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Other friends have recommended Polk, Paradigm, etc. I’m not sure exactly which one to get yet, but I’d like something that puts out a great sound and doesn’t take up too much room.

Perhaps in the future, I’ll have a designated room like this, just for listening to music…

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But until then, I’m going to need something that doesn’t break the bank.

Any recommendations?

5 thoughts on “Home Theater and Music

  1. You sure your sound needs to be that boss? I mean, your neighbors walking is keeping you up at night so unless you are planning on blasting her out are you ever really going to use all those amps?

    • Yah, I agree. I’m probably going to go with the smaller satellite speakers. Right now I’m debating between Orb Mod2’s or Def Tech ProCinema 800’s.

    • Update: I go the def techs and had them for the last couple of years… but I’ve finally upgraded to the B&W CM5s. I figured out how to deal with my neighbors—at night, I play some white noise. During the day, if they stomping around, I just turn the music up a little. I tone everything down after 8pm.

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