Originally Posted by imjustyou
Evenings everyone. I am sorry if I am posting this the wrong place.
So recently I moved into a WAY larger room and decided to get some nice floor standing speakers. Sadly I know absolutely nothing about Hifi. So what do I need? Some kind of amp or? I've been looking at the Dali zensor 5 and I really like the design! What should I do?
My budget is around 400 usd :) (thats for everything, Speakers,amp and so on)
Are floor stading speakers a good idea?
The Zensor 5 is over $1,000. In any case, $400 might just be the speakers, and even then, $400 MSRP tower speakers might have waaaay too acoustically problematic cabinets. You can sell a $200 standmount speaker using 0.5in MDF panels on three sides and a 0.75in baffle (where the transducers, what people commonly refer to as the "speakers," are mounted), but make that a larger speaker and the acoustic problems can become more audible. Bass will be either weak or have too much rumble than impact (or weak, and whatever comes out is more rumble than impact), for starters. Typically you're also going to need over 30watts RMS, maybe more than 50watts RMS, on most good floorstanders, and even the decent $200 surround HT receivers today aren't usually rated with all channels running (ie, they'll say 80w X 5channels, but when they tested it, they only hooked up one channel and got 120watts), and dedicated 2ch amps tend to cost more.
If I were to move a system into a larger room I'd just use quality standmount speakers, matched amp (that I can get used) and source (CDP, TT, etc), and just move my seat a bit closer instead of trying to maximize the room's size with speakers that do louder bass but not better with imaging, response, and require a lot more power. Here's what I'd get for under $1,000*:
Speakers: Focal Chorus 706V, <$500 on Amazon
Amp, DAC : NAD D 3020, around $500 on Amazon
Source : current or older laptop (just run a longer USB cable, or place the laptop near the NuForce and use a remote app on your smartphone/tablet)
*There are a lot of cheaper options, but I haven't listened to a lot of them in any way yet; the 706V is one of my favorite "budget" speakers, and while I haven't tried the D 3020 on it, I've listened a pair of Q acoustics 4" speakers driven by them fill a room with enough bass impact at a recent HiFi show. The D 3020 is a fairly new product so I might get to try it with more speakers next year.
Any NAD amplifier that you can get for $100+shipping on eBay, or $100 Craigslist local pick up