I'll be moving to a very small student appartment (200 sq ft (19m²), mind you) soon and I'm looking to get some nice audio in there for a decent price.
Since I want to connect both a TV and a PC to this system and I don't have a lot of space I figured that an HDMI receiver and two bookshelf speakers would be best. (I'm a bitch for audio delay and out-of-sync sound, so I'm drawn towards HDMI because of the Lip Sync)
Because of the lack of space I think it would be best to place the speakers on a sole shelf. This already brings me to my first question: Is it bad to place speakers on a shelf? I know that I'll never get top-notch bass without a subwoofer, but I can guess that even more bass is lost when speakers are not standing on a big solid surface that is connected to the ground. Is this true?
Anyway, I want to spend a maximum of about €500 for both the receiver and the speakers. I might stretch this budget a little bit further, and I probably will, knowingly that Head-Fi will yet again talk me into spending more money than I have :).
I'd say my preferred sonic signature is mainly focussed around detail and clarity. Next to that I really like a politely volumed bass with lots of extension (I realize I'll never get good extension without a sub, but I'll mention it anyway). I guess my current headphone setup kind of gives this away as well. I'm using a Q701 with a very warm DAC and a pretty transparent amp (I do tame the treble a lot through that nice equalisation guide here though, otherwise I can't stand it). What really gets my blood pumping personally if you can just feel that slight punch at each touch of every single string of an acoustic guitar. I realize that I won't achieve this with speakers on this budget, but just so you get the idea of what kind of a sonic signature I prefer most.
I listen to a lot of different music, mainly hard rock, heavy metal, reggae, folky and ambient stuff.
Of course I have already done some research myself, and if I had to make a choice now I'd probably go for some low-end stereo HDMI receiver from Pioneer, Sony or Denon of around €150 and a pair of Polk Audio RTi A3's or A1's. But I haven't heard any of this gear myself yet and I was wondering if you guys would know any better options for me.
Thanks a lot in advance!
Edited by kazaakas - 5/24/14 at 11:38am