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Topic # 95083 26-Dec-2011 21:00 Send private message

In the lounge we have: Sony KDL-46EX500, PS3, WDTV Live, Asus eeepc netbook.. atm we manually hook up the device to some old Logitech 5.1 PC speakers.

So I hit the boxing day sales today to scope out getting a receiver and some better speakers for the lounge. 

I want to spend <$1500 so the budget only really allows for entry level components on the audiophile scale. I am fine with 5.1 rather than 7.1 etc. The primary usage will be: Movies/TV, Rock Band 3 and general music during party/bbq times.

At Noel Leeming, the sales guy reckoned he could do this Pioneer/Wharfedale Crystal combo for ~$1099.

Receiver: Pioneer VSX-520 or VSX-521 (TBC)
Fronts/Floorsanding: Wharfedale CR-30.4 x2
Rear/Bookshelf: Wharfedale CR-30.1 x2
Centre: Wharfedale CR-30C
Sub: Wharfedale SW100 

Seems like decent bang for buck to me but I'm wondering is there a better option for this budget? 

I also saw jbhifi has the end of line (2010/2011 model) Pioneer receivers really cheap during the boxing day sales, eg: $259 for VSX-520VK and VSX-820HK for $460.

Hit me with some better options for the budget, go team...

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  Reply # 561642 26-Dec-2011 21:09 Send private message

I've had the 'pleasure' of listening to the speakers.
I cannot recommend them.
Not for music.
Not for movies.
Maybe for gaming...
Who sells a VSX520 anyway? It's a 2010 amp, and it's nearly 2012...

Keep hunting, there's sure to be better deals out there. Maybe 2nd hand on Trademe?

[Mod Edit :BH: Spelling of company name corrected. Please use correct company names as per the FUG]

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  Reply # 561649 26-Dec-2011 21:20 Send private message

Yeah I noticed when I was leaving the display model was a 520 but the specs for the combo/package say 521 for receiver, 521 looks to have a number of nice features over the 520 eg: HDMI standby passthrough, MCACC, ARC etc.

Actually the ARC would be useful then you don't need the optical cable back to the receiver if you use the tv's inbuilt freeview decoder.

Assuming the receiver is going to take about 1/3 of the budget, what 4 speakers + sub would you recommend as a better alternative to the Wharfedale Crystals?

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  Reply # 562208 28-Dec-2011 18:50 Send private message

Today's adventures...

Paul Money could do Pioneer VSX 521 + Diamond 9 floorstanding x2 + bookshelf x2 + center + SW150 sub for ~$2k.

Jbhifi could do Pioneer VSX 521 + Jamo S500 5.1 pack for ~$1800

Both better options than the Crystal deal but exceeding the budget... hmm

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  Reply # 562251 28-Dec-2011 20:43 Send private message

I have no complaints on the Daimond 9 series. 

this is a slap in the face!

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  Reply # 562256 28-Dec-2011 20:54 Send private message

Diamond 9's may be obsolete in the Wharfdale range, but they're a nice speaker.
However, the VSX521 may well struggle to drive them well. They're not the most efficient speakers and the Pioneer isn't exactly a powerhouse...

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  Reply # 562261 28-Dec-2011 21:04 Send private message

I've had the 'pleasure' of owning these speakers.
This about sums it up:

Dunnersfella: I cannot recommend them. Not for music. Not for movies. Maybe for gaming...

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