The sound system that you have in your home should be a quality system, however money often dictates what you can and can’t afford. In this article I break down my own sound system that only cost $2,500.
Subwoofer – Rythmik LV12R – Price: $600
Subwoofers never look like anything special, and that’s because it’s what they do (not what they look like) that makes them a requirement. But out of everything I list today, if you’re tight on cash, then the subwoofer is the last piece of equipment you require for your own system.
My subwoofer of choice after testing 12 of them in a number of stores is the Rhythmik LV12R. It has a 12-inch driver with an oversized box/cabinet in black ash complete with a 300W RMS Amplifier that is able to handle the base speaker comfortably. The improvement of the entire sound system is remarkable and well worth the additional $200 spend, compared to other brands.
AV Receiver: Denon AVR-S700W – Price: $500
Denon has taken receiver building to a new level, but at the same time has not forgot to keep the price reasonable. It’s packed with speck including:
HDMI 2.0 wireless
Airplay Audyssey MultEQ
DVolume 7 x 120w 1kHz
I have also been impressed with the display screen software. It’s easy to set up, easy to use and has extended options for the more advanced users requirements.
Speakers – 4 x NHT Absolute Zeroes + one Absolute Center – Price total $950
Each speaker is $190 each. That seems a little pricey for a home system, but you can tell where the additional money has been spent. These are a two-way design as standard for a home speaker with a 5.25-inch woofer and an aluminum tweeter. Combined, these produce a 86dB per unit and work well with the Rythmik subwoofer.
The NHT’s Absolute Zero has a quality sound with matching good looks, ideal for any modern home. I have tested the speakers connected to an amplifier for pure sound and the base to mid is exceptional for drum and base tracks. Even without the subwoofer, you may need to adjust the treble depending on personal preference.
Cables: Monoprice – Price: $20
I personally don’t like to spend big money on speaker cables. This is mainly because I have tested cheap versus expensive cables using the same equipment in the past and the difference is minimal, if any (just my opinion). If you believe differently please feel free to buy more expensive cables.
For the money, Monoprice offers a good value cable and from my own testing, the cables do last as long as you’re not messing with them every week!
Surge Protection – Panamax SP8-AV – Price: $90
The Panamax provides good value at a low cost compared to other more well-established brands. I have the SP*-AV, which protects my computer equipment and sound system. The device is 1125 joules with protection for eight outlets and noise rejection as a bonus feature. This is $90 well spent to protect your $2,500 system.
I have been using this system for a little over four months. For the money you can’t go wrong. I spent two months researching/testing so you can be assured excellent value for your money.