Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




95 posts

Master Geek


# 146582 22-May-2014 12:52
Send private message

Hi there - I'm looking for a speaker system for a small (ish) sized room. This room in our currently being built house will act as a 4th bedroom/home office/2nd lounge/kids area.

This Yamaha system is the type of thing I'm after and had contemplated buying this of Amazon but then noted the issues in voltage between NZ and US and wonder if it would be too much of a problem.

Then there's the hassle of having a full system shipped to NZ and any potential issues to send back.

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YHT-497-5-1-Channel-Theater-System/dp/B007PU2Y4S%3FSubscriptionId%3D0EWA6R5AGNW9AA6JF8R2%26tag%3Dalatestcom-price-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB007PU2Y4S

I don't really need a system with a DVD player but do need 3-4 HDMI ports.

JiBi Hi-Fi were offering this Onkyo system upto a few weeks ago for around $700 which looks similar.

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-HT-S3500-5-1-Channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B0077V88V8

Just wondering if anyone could fire some suggestions at me. I don;t really want to buy individual components and really only want to spend up to around $600 (ish) max

Thanks

Create new topic
Mad Scientist
21343 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1051046 22-May-2014 13:20
Send private message

Ho to jb hifi and listen and then buy what you want.




Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.




95 posts

Master Geek


  # 1051092 22-May-2014 14:24
Send private message

Had a look at JB Hi Fi online - but not really what i want and also looking for something cheaper, these examples I gave above are about $300-400 NZD...

Hopefully some others have some suggestions...


 
 
 
 


5600 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1051127 22-May-2014 15:08
Send private message

dougierydal: ... I don't really want to buy individual components and really only want to spend up to around $600 (ish) max ...

Your budget is unrealistically low.
For $600 you can only get cheap and nasty lo-fi stuff (in the US or in NZ).
Don't even think about buying from the USA - too many problems with voltage, shipping, and customs costs.
Save up and get something better.




Sideface




95 posts

Master Geek


  # 1051128 22-May-2014 15:11
Send private message

Sideface:
dougierydal: ... I don't really want to buy individual components and really only want to spend up to around $600 (ish) max ...

Your budget is unrealistically low.
For $600 you can only get cheap and nasty lo-fi stuff (in the US or in NZ).
Don't even think about buying from the USA - too many problems with voltage, shipping, and customs costs.
Save up and get something better.


Really? Most of the reviews are glowing about the system, and like i say it's for a 2nd room and only used from time to time i guess. But if i'm unrealistic then fine, i'll take that advice onboard...


409 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 1051138 22-May-2014 15:36
One person supports this post
Send private message

You'll probably find once you add up the cost and trouble of a transformer plus high shipping costs for the volumetric size and GST+custom fees of most speaker packages that it's not really worth it to import into New Zealand.





5600 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1051153 22-May-2014 16:01
Send private message

dougierydal:
Sideface:
dougierydal: ... I don't really want to buy individual components and really only want to spend up to around $600 (ish) max ...

Your budget is unrealistically low.
For $600 you can only get cheap and nasty lo-fi stuff (in the US or in NZ).
Don't even think about buying from the USA - too many problems with voltage, shipping, and customs costs.
Save up and get something better.


Really? Most of the reviews are glowing about the system, and like i say it's for a 2nd room and only used from time to time i guess. But if i'm unrealistic then fine, i'll take that advice onboard...


Really smile
Don't buy anything without hearing it first - and whatever you do, don't import from the USA.





Sideface


1261 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  # 1051195 22-May-2014 16:24
Send private message

I would certainly echo what others have said about never buying any sound system you haven't actually listened to!

That said, if the system is very much a secondary one for a small room and you want to keep cost down, you could always consider a Sound Bar - something like this perhaps: http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/tv-and-audio/audio-and-home-theatre/sound-bars/yamaha-front-surround-system.html

They are not going to give you the same experience as even an entry level "true" 5:1 system, but it might give you a close enough facsimile for this kind of usage and within your budget.

(try first though!)




.

 
 
 
 


74 posts

Master Geek


  # 1051218 22-May-2014 17:06
Send private message

Why not look on TradeMe for second hand gear? I saw a nice NAD/Mission speaker combo for example

3678 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1051372 22-May-2014 21:01
One person supports this post
Send private message

Buying second hand on Trademe will typically (but not always) mean you can't listen to the system too...
Same problem as buying ex-USA.
If you're stuck for funds, wait until your wallet fattens a bit and then go shopping - take demo material and buy the unit that sounds the best.

409 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 1051397 22-May-2014 21:50
Send private message

Dunnersfella: Buying second hand on Trademe will typically (but not always) mean you can't listen to the system too...
Same problem as buying ex-USA.
If you're stuck for funds, wait until your wallet fattens a bit and then go shopping - take demo material and buy the unit that sounds the best.


Agree with this, also a good place to start is with a stereo setup. You can add more speakers to the setup later, and you may feel that a stereo system is enough anyway.







95 posts

Master Geek


  # 1051748 23-May-2014 14:51
Send private message

Thanks for the suggestion of a Sound Bar, that will do just perfectly for this room. Just picked up a SONY HT-CT660 for $399...


1049 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1051760 23-May-2014 15:24
Send private message

dougierydal: Thanks for the suggestion of a Sound Bar, that will do just perfectly for this room. Just picked up a SONY HT-CT660 for $399...



I bought this for my room and mounted it under my TV (which is mounted on the wall), clutter free and the 5.1 surround speakers can be detached when you want to use. 

http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/dcbint/cpindex.pl?slg=en&scy=nl&ctn=HTL9100/12

Only Noel Leeming are selling them here 
http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/audio-mp3/home-audio/sound-bars/philips-htl9100-sound-bar-bluetooth-detachable-speakers-wireless/prod174776.html

but Australia has a lots of stock in pretty much every store for around 600. 

The best part is the detachable surround speakers. 

1261 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  # 1051775 23-May-2014 15:54
Send private message

dougierydal: Thanks for the suggestion of a Sound Bar, that will do just perfectly for this room. Just picked up a SONY HT-CT660 for $399...



Good stuff - glad that worked for you.




.

Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Vodafone New Zealand starts two year partnership with LetsPlay.Live
Posted 28-Jan-2020 11:24


Ring launches indoor-only security camera
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:26


New report findings will help schools implement the digital technologies curriculum content
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:25


N4L to upgrade & support wireless internet inside schools
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:22


Netflix releases 21 Studio Ghibli works
Posted 22-Jan-2020 11:42


Vodafone integrates eSIM into device and wearable roadmap
Posted 17-Jan-2020 09:45


Do you need this camera app? Group investigates privacy implications
Posted 16-Jan-2020 03:30


JBL launches headphones range designed for gaming
Posted 13-Jan-2020 09:59


Withings introduces ScanWatch wearable combining ECG and sleep apnea detection
Posted 9-Jan-2020 18:34


NZ Police releases public app
Posted 8-Jan-2020 11:43


Suunto 7 combine sports and smart features on new smartwatch generation
Posted 7-Jan-2020 16:06


Intel brings innovation with technology spanning the cloud, network, edge and PC
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:54


AMD announces high performance desktop and ultrathin laptop processors
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:42


AMD unveils four new desktop and mobile GPUs including AMD Radeon RX 5600
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:32


Consolidation in video streaming market with Spark selling Lightbox to Sky
Posted 19-Dec-2019 09:09



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.