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post #1 of 5
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Getting a 720p projector that has 3d capabilties and am now looking at getting surround sound, would it be better to get a good set of stereo speaker or a cheaper 5.1 surround sound system. My budget is only 300$ at the moment.

 

For stereo sound I was looking at the Rokit 5 G3 which I could get for 300 for the pair found here:

 

http://www.krksys.com/krk-studio-monitor-speakers/rokit/rokit-5.html

 

OR

 

A 5.1 surround sound system from monoprice that has some good reviews:

 

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10906&cs_id=1090601&p_id=10565&seq=1&format=2

 

 

I also care about sound quality, I own the Mad Dogs and love them, would stereo be better than 5.1 in this situation? With stereo I would love the surround sound experience from my bluray 3d movies but the stereo set up would give a much better sound quality I believe.

post #2 of 5

For only 300, I'd worry about just getting a good pair of stereo speakers for now.  You can add on later.  A lot of cheap surround sets are a compromise due to price if you're in need of big sound.

 

I also wouldn't get powered monitors for an entertainment center, the convenience of having a receiver with remote and other features far outweigh any possible sound benefits and/or price benefits of the powered monitors in the long run.

 

A decent stereo receiver will run you from around 100-150, and a decent surround receiver will run you around 200.  The surround receiver might be more beneficial to you if you plan on adding more speakers in the future for a surround setup.

 

As far as good entry level passive bookshelf speakers are concerned, PSB and Energy are two good ones.  The cheap sony ones aren't bad either for their price.  Of course, Energy has some cheaper 5.1 system packages as well.

 

Either way I wouldn't go with powered monitors.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

The link I posted about the 5.1 surround sound speakers are knock offs of Energy speakers, they are nearly identical and apparently sound even better. The sub is where all the speakers connect to, so does this mean I wouldn't have to get a receiver?

 

Heres the link for the surround sound speakers im talking about again:

 

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10906&cs_id=1090601&p_id=10565&seq=1&format=2

post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by kinect360 View Post
 

Getting a 720p projector that has 3d capabilties and am now looking at getting surround sound, would it be better to get a good set of stereo speaker or a cheaper 5.1 surround sound system. My budget is only 300$ at the moment.

For stereo sound I was looking at the Rokit 5 G3 which I could get for 300 for the pair found here:

http://www.krksys.com/krk-studio-monitor-speakers/rokit/rokit-5.html

OR

A 5.1 surround sound system from monoprice that has some good reviews:

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10906&cs_id=1090601&p_id=10565&seq=1&format=2

I also care about sound quality, I own the Mad Dogs and love them, would stereo be better than 5.1 in this situation? With stereo I would love the surround sound experience from my bluray 3d movies but the stereo set up would give a much better sound quality I believe.

I believe the Monoprice 5.1 surround sound speakers might be sourced from the same factory that makes the Energy 5.1

So my vote is to get the Monoprice 5.1

 

I just bought Monoprice 5" Studio monitors ($150) and they appear to come from the same factory that makes the M-audio BX5s.

post #5 of 5

Keep in mind that with whatever front speakers you end up going with that you also need a center (or another speaker) that is from the same brand/model line to match the "timbre" of the speakers and make it a cohesive front 3, the other 2( or 4) do not need to match with the front, but the front 3 generally need to match. I would suggest getting the best front 2 you can for now, and then when funds allow, get a center to match the 2, and after that add the last 2 on the side, this way you get a much better setup. Though I'm not bashing the monoprice set by any means, it's just that you can get a better setup when you add pieces as money allows.

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