Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Music Talk
Reload this Page >

Help with a new stereo

Music Talk Discuss music in all its forms: CD, MP3, DVD-A, SACD and of course live

Help with a new stereo

Old 05-18-06, 01:25 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Hero
Thread Starter
 
PopcornTreeCt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 25,913
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Help with a new stereo

I'm looking to get a new home stereo for my room. What are some things I should look for? I want sound as clear as possible. BOSE seems to be really expensive. How are brands like RCA and SONY? Are they all pretty much the same?
Old 05-18-06, 01:44 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 1999
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 1,423
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Definitely do not buy anything Bose.

How big of a system do you want? What is your price range? Are you talking about one of those all-in-one systems, or a more traditional speakers and receiver?
Old 05-18-06, 11:03 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 621
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'm not a fan of the "all-in-one" systems because there's usually at least one weak link somewhere in the package. As for speakers, I'm a big fan of Energy products.
Old 05-18-06, 11:35 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: The Rock
Posts: 561
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I agree on the Energy speakers. They are excellant.
Old 05-19-06, 06:25 AM
  #5  
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: teXXXas
Posts: 1,389
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
DamingR, what's wrong with Bose?!? Unless you were referring to expense, of course. It's the best sound you'll find at it's price, though, IMNSHO...
Old 05-19-06, 09:43 AM
  #6  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Mr. Cinema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 18,044
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
I have one of those JVC "shelf systems", but I'm also wanting a new setup. I have 5.1 surround sound with my home theater setup, so I'd like to just add a cd-changer to it. Best Buy has a 5-disc Sony changer that also plays SACD for around $150. Is this a good player? Is SACD going to be around for awhile? Like the majority of people, I haven't really paid much attention to the new cd formats. I've just stuck with cd, but I've read SACD sounds superb. Is this player worth the price?

Sony 5-Disc CD Changer with SA-CD Playback
Model: SCDCE595
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1087342241470
Old 05-19-06, 01:00 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 1999
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 1,423
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by zombiezilla
DamingR, what's wrong with Bose?!? Unless you were referring to expense, of course. It's the best sound you'll find at it's price, though, IMNSHO...
If you want to spend a lot of money to get an inferior product, Bose is great. I would rather pay for good equipment than their marketing budget, personally.

The Sony 5-disc changer would be fine. SACD and DVD-A are pretty much dead, though, unfortunately. I personally am getting a SACD/DVD-A universal player, though, because there are a few good titles available on those formats. There is supposed to be a new audio disc standard coming out with HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, and hopefully one of those will catch on.

But, you really can't reccomend a stereo system without a better description and price range.
Old 05-19-06, 01:06 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: behind the eight ball
Posts: 19,580
Likes: 0
Received 120 Likes on 81 Posts
Originally Posted by DamingR
If you want to spend a lot of money to get an inferior product, Bose is great. I would rather pay for good equipment than their marketing budget, personally.

The Sony 5-disc changer would be fine. SACD and DVD-A are pretty much dead, though, unfortunately. I personally am getting a SACD/DVD-A universal player, though, because there are a few good titles available on those formats. There is supposed to be a new audio disc standard coming out with HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, and hopefully one of those will catch on.

But, you really can't reccomend a stereo system without a better description and price range.
I have a set of Bose 301 speakers from about 10 years ago or so. They sound great. They are breadbox sized bookshelf speakers, not the little cubes. The small HT systems bose sells are shit.
Old 05-19-06, 01:07 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,608
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Build your own pre/amp and amp:

http://www.bottlehead.com

Add a cd player and some speakers and you are good to go.
Old 05-19-06, 05:03 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Legend
 
cungar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 22,833
Likes: 0
Received 9 Likes on 8 Posts
Originally Posted by DamingR
There is supposed to be a new audio disc standard coming out with HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, and hopefully one of those will catch on.
Hate to sound cynical but if peope didn't catch on to SACD, DVD-Audio why would they be attracted to this? The bit rates weren't high enough? Most people don't have the system to tell the difference. It's going to take one hell of a marketing plan.
Old 05-19-06, 05:53 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Illinois
Posts: 1,598
Received 18 Likes on 14 Posts
Stupid logic most people dont have gear to watch high def, doesnt stop it from being the future. They havent caught on because they havent released crap on them worth buying thats why.

And dude come on lol Bose, give us a break...

Paradigm,Energy lots of brands that are REAL quality speakers for way less than a couple tin cans and a wanna be sub for $1200 lmfao.
Old 05-19-06, 06:28 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Lower Beaver, Iowa
Posts: 10,521
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I agree that Bose is overpriced junk. They use cheap paper cone drivers. For what you pay for Bose, you can do far, far better.

For receivers, look at entry-level Onkyo, Denon, Yamaha or Harman-Kardon. For speakers, listen to Energy, Paradigm, Athena ... there are a few others, but I'll have to jog my memory.

This thread really isn't about music. You might want to e-mail a mod and ask for the thread to be moved to the Home Theater Gear area. A lot of enthusiasts hang out there and can provide a lot of good information.
Old 05-20-06, 10:30 AM
  #13  
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: teXXXas
Posts: 1,389
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
I've used Bose since 1990 and always enjoyed the sound quality; it's all in the "ear" of the beholder, I guess. But I won't switch. Don't need to. Two systems/speaker sets in 16 years? Like my current haircut, I've never had one last that long before! (I've shaved my head since '92, LOL)......
Old 05-23-06, 03:00 PM
  #14  
Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Near Philly
Posts: 75
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You can get a super nice vintage system for very little money (or even free, if you get lucky/look hard enough), and even though you'll have to spend some money to get them spruced up they will KILL anything on the market today that costs under $10,000.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.