Originally Posted by unity100
$50k a pair should sound really good.
arent there any good budget stuff ? they say there are marginal returns - the higher price gets, the incremental increase in sound quality diminishes.
That goes for most things in life
I'm running around a $3k 2.1 setup and I think I did pretty well for the money, however I know that I want a class A amplifier, that's next on the list. I've got a pair of the Paradigm Studio 60's, an SVS PC+ 25-31 subwoofer, HK AVR 335 receiver, and a Music Hall MMF 2.1 turntable. Other than the class A amplifier, room treatments are next as well.
I think the budget stuff, where you get the best bang for your buck, will be around $250/pair for speakers plus a subwoofer and a receiver. I'd say that if someone had $1k, they could put together a respectable 2.1 system - $250 (pair of speakers), $300-$400 (subwoofer), and $400 or so on a receiver. You'd be able to easily bring this down to $800 or even $750 without much effort, but it depends on what you want to do. If you know you want to go for a larger system in the future for HT purposes, then you don't want to skimp on the receiver for sure. Subwoofer can be skimped on a little, especially because you can just add on a second one later on if you need more power.
This is all a bit off topic, if anyone is interested, let me know. If anyone wants to talk A/V, let's take it into the lounge. If anyone here will be demoing audio equipment at nearby stores, or just wants to come with me, I might be picking up some stuff from this store: http://decibelchicago.stores.yahoo.net/