My best friend who have a limited budget wants to buy a home theater speaker package and considering Sony SA-VE325 or Sony SA-VE525 speakers. He does have a small studio and like these speakers because of the size and price.
He also consider getting the Sony STR-DE675 or STR-DE875 receivers.
Your comments and opinions will be greatly appreciated.
08-22-01, 09:43 PM
Sony makes terrible speakers. (The Sony Sub is an exception) And their receivers are average at best. They simply don't approach the sound quality of a well chosen system in the same price range. By the products you mentioned I'm assuming a budget of about $800. Here is the best system possible for that kind of money IMO:
Receiver: Onkyo TX-DS494 (Online Price $257)
Fronts: PSB Alpha Mini (Online Price $142 a pair)
Rears: PSB Alpha Mini (Online Price $142 a pair)
Center: PSB Alpha Center (Online Price $129)
Sub: Sony WM-40 (Online Price $139)
Total Price = $809
This system includes the small fronts and rears for easy placement in your friend's studio. I chose every piece of the system for awesome sound, high build quality, and above all unbeatable value. See if you can try the equipment at a local hi-fi shop. You won't be disappointed.
08-22-01, 10:35 PM
Saturday Audio (http://www.saturdayaudio.com/alphas.htm) is closing out the Alphas, pretty much for the prices listed above. They also have better deals on B-Stock Alphas (cosmetic blems only, see page for details).
08-24-01, 11:48 AM
Stay away from SONY speakers....not their strong point!