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For those with a more conservative budget, there's the Pioneer SP-PK52FS. You get a full-size 5.1 home theater speaker system that delivers the kind of outstanding sound quality that's competitive with systems more than twice as expensive. With two tower speakers up front, a jumbo center channel, 100-watt subwoofer, and two bookshelf surround speakers, it's hard to believe you're paying just a little over $100 per speaker for the package.
 
The SP-FS52 tower speaker sports a 1-inch soft-dome tweeter and three 5.25-inch "structured surface woofers"; most budget towers have single or double woofers. The three woofers' bass output is augmented with two ports on the back of the speaker cabinet, so the SP-FS52s shouldn't be placed too close to a wall. Unlike a lot of the budget surround sound systems we review at CNET, note that these are full-size tower speakers, measuring 35.2 inches tall.

The curves come from a bonding process which my company contact was kind enough to describe: “A 12mm sheet of medium-density fiberboard is inserted between curved aluminum plates, one convex, one concave, with each plate connected to a high-power RF energy source. The RF field that is created between the aluminum plates heats the resin within the MDF and softens it. The plates are then pressed together to force the MDF to take on the curvature of the plates. The field is removed, the resin recures, and the MDF takes on a permanent curvature.” This is not how you build a cheap speaker. This is how you build a speaker with—dare I say it?—high-end aspirations.




The front has no screws and matches the black vinyl wood-patterned wrap of the sides and back. In lieu of a fabric grille covering the entire baffle, nondetachable metal grilles mask each driver, making these speakers as toddler-proof as a standmount speaker can be (although they still might get knocked off their stands). The Pioneer logo is located between the drivers, flush left, nonconformist-style.

The two-way design features a 1-inch silk-dome tweeter and a 5.25-inch plastic-cone woofer with oversized magnets (90mm in diameter by 15mm thick), and a sophisticated multi-component crossover. The baskets are made of pressed metal. This isn’t as good as the die-cast metal that more expensive speakers use, but in many ways, it’s better than the commodity-grade plastic used in the cheapest ones. Round metal-nut gold-plated binding posts grace the back, along with a port. The use of real binding posts is always a good sign. A speaker designer who uses signal-strangling wire clips on a speaker this size is one who has simply stopped trying.

The SP-C22 center speaker uses similar drivers to aid in close timbre matching, with two of the 5.25-inch woofers, an extra port, and a slightly larger curved enclosure.







The SW-8 subwoofer is an 8-inch down-firing woofer has a paper cone with a polypropylene dust cap and rubber surround. “The diameter of the inverted dust cap is almost as large as the cone, so it adds considerable strength and damping to the cone,” notes the manufacturer. The port is on the front. Amplification is a modest 50 watts RMS.


How to build a Surround sound system

Many out there love going to the theater and watching a movie or listening to music in the club or at a concert because of the High fidelity or the surround sound that amplifies the experience.  Thing is, nowadays the experience you can get at home can be better, and you don't even need to get off the couch.

Surround sound, home theaters and stereo systems are very intimidating to many and this could result in a tendancy to just forget about it.  It isn't that complicated.  In the last couple years, options have multiplied and become much more affordable as a result.

There are a couple considerations.  Budget, room size and preference being the major ones.

An important restriction has to do with the size of the room in which you're planning to set up the audio system. The bigger the room, the more power you'll need. Receiver audio output can range from 50 watts (RMS) per channel, which is fine for a small room. For a larger room, you'll be looking at 100 watts or more. Remember that the speakers you buy should be built for this power. If you want more details RMS Power and choosing a receiver take a look here.

Marantz AV-7005 Back Plate (Is this too much?)

Of course, your budget will narrow down your options. To avoid overspending, set your budget for yourself before you go shopping. The upside to getting a simpler surround sound model (Home Theater in a Box-HTIB) is that it can be easier to set up than a higher-end option.  Now if you're looking at the back plate on this receiver on the left here(Marantz SR-7005) and you want no part of it, consider the HTIB option to simplify matters.
If you want to take a look at this option take a look here first Building an affordable home theater system - Part 1

While we're on the topic of setup, consider the logistics of how you'll be placing speakers around the room. The problem of running wires along the walls and floors can get frustrating. Some surround sound packages offer wireless options for the rear speakers. They aren't truly wireless because they still require power cords, but they can help reduce the number of wires stringing across the room if you plug them in to the closest wall outlets.  Wired options are always better than wireless.  As a result, I would only recommend wireless speakers when you have no choice or if they are powered.


So what do you do if you don't know much about the technology and don't have too much money to spend but are impatient to get a surround sound system? This may seem like a crippling combination, but experts maintain that it's still possible to achieve movielike sound quality at home.  The secret is to start simple and learn how the receiver functions before moving up to high end tech.  Simple doesn't mean buy some crap.  If you look in the receivers section under ONKYO, Pioneer or even Sony, you'll see you can get some mid-ranged products for reasonable prices.  Same goes for Home Theaters in a Box(which includes speakers and the receiver).  You can find Home Theater in a Box in the menu above as well.

If you need information on wiring, choosing speakers, choosing receivers or anything you need to know to get going take a look through "What you need to know" on the menu above.  There are specific options and detailed information that will make your search easier and give you the ability to make more educated decisions.  Enjoy!
To get started take a look at these two articles below.  If you're looking for more specific details there are several links within these articles to navigate the site or you can just use the menu above look under, "What you need to know".  You'll find choosing speakers and speaker placement, choosing subwoofers and subwoofer placment, mounting, connecting audio devices....



You'll find what you need to know most importantly.  How to save yourself some cash and get solid hardware.










Building an affordable home theater system - Part 1

Building an affordable home theater system - Part 2

Marantz AV7701 7.2 Channel Receiver


Marantz has always been a solid high end product.  What we have here is the perfect time to get excellent prices on this product (nearly half the price!)

Now as you know I have extensive experience with home theater receivers and systems and as a result, have a very picky opinion about quality audio.  What we have here is the Marantz AV7701 7.2 Channel Receiver.
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An ideal connectivity solution for any home 
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Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD-Master Audio ensure accurate 7.2 surround sound. 

 -Huge array of ports including seven HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs. 


-Comprehensive remote control. 

Advanced Audio Decoding for Dynamic Surround Sound

Equipped with advanced processing and decoding technologies, the AV7701 Preamplifier lets you enjoy unparalleled audio performance regardless of the source. It uses Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD-Master Audio to ensure accurate 7.1 surround sound decoding, flawlessly balancing sound across the channels. The preamp can also play back high-resolution formats such as FLAC and WAV with exceptional fidelity.


Audyssey Processing Delivers Balanced, Dramatic Sound

The preamp incorporates Audyssey MultEQ technology, which uses a microphone to gauge ambient sound and adjusts speaker levels accordingly. The result is a flawlessly balanced acoustic environment where sound is optimally distributed throughout the room. In addition, Audyssey DSX processing expands the front sound stage, producing a more enveloping and cinematic listening experience.


Video Upscaling Ensures Pristine Picture Quality

Upscaling allows quality upconversion when necessary
The AV7701 Preamplifier can upscale any HDMI video signals to 4K (3,840 by 2,160 pixels), providing four times the picture quality of 1080p. This enables you to use it with 4K monitors and video projectors. The preamp also supports traditional 1080p upscaling, making it suitable for use with most HDTVs. Controlling the preamp's upscaling settings is easy, thanks to an intuitive on-screen overlay.


Vivid 3D Visuals with Pass-Through and Color Depth

The AV7701 Preamplifier passes through 3D signals from your Blu-ray player. The preamp also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes and delivers a more vibrant, lifelike picture.


Seven HDMI Inputs for Multiple Connections

With seven HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs, the preamplifier can connect to a variety of HDMI-enabled devices, including set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, game systems, and media players. It also supports simultaneous dual HDMI outputs as well as a third discrete HDMI output, so you can output a single video source to two different displays and a second source to a third display at the same time.


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Connect Your Turntable with a Dedicated Phono Input

The AV7701 Preamplifier is also equipped with a variety of other ports, including a phono input that lets you connect to a turntable and offers the amplification that this weaker signal requires. The preamp's phono circuitry prepares the signal from the turntable for amplification, letting you enjoy your vinyl collection at full volume without tonal distortion.


Versatile Networking Options for Network Streaming

By connecting to your home network, the AV7701 Preamplifier can stream a range of online content--including photos saved on your home network, your network's music library, and Internet radio stations like Pandora and Sirius XM. The preamp also features AirPlay functionality, which lets you stream music from an iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, or iTunes library. And thanks to its optional Bluetooth wireless connectivity, the preamp can also wirelessly sync with smartphones, tablets, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

What's in the Box

The Marantz AV7701 A/V 7.2 Channel Preamplifier, power cord, HD Radio Antenna, remote control, 2 AAA batteries, CD-Rom owner's manual, quick setup guide, Audyssey microphone.



AV7701 A/V 7.2 Channel Preamplifier

At a Glance:

  • Audiophile preamplifier delivers exceptional audio and video performance
  • Supports 7.2 surround sound speaker configurations
  • Premium decoding and processing for high-fidelity sound
  • Audyssey MultEQXT and DSX for balanced, cinematic soundstage
  • 4K upscaling and pass-through for enhanced picture quality
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