(brace yourselves this is a long one, TL;DR available below)
THIS IS MY FIRST POST HERE PLEASE FORGIVE ME IF I DO ANYTHING WRONG
Hey guys, I’ve posted on multiple speaker/home theater related subreddits and I’ve come to the conclusion that I should use this forum since I’ve been a fan of Zeos for a long time. I’ve been really sick of my TV speakers lately, they’ve been really bothering me a lot, they sound tin-y, heavily distorted (specially in the low frequencies), and all around bad, so I’ve been wanting to replace them with anew setup for my living room.
Like I’ve said I’ve posted before on other audio-related subreddits and the consensus was that I should go with speakers and a sub (2.1 setup) instead of a soundbar + sub combo which I was considering before (though there are some soundbar defenders out there).
What I’m after in the end is better sound quality, I don’t really care about WAF or it looking “sleek” or “modern”, my TV is mounted on a light oak stand so speakers would look really nice. I know some soundbars can simulate a 5.1 setup by “bouncing” sound off the ceiling and walls but I’ve heard that doesn’t work particularly well, and it’s even worse for me since I don’t have walls on both sides of the TV, so there’s nothing for sound to bounce off of. I’ll mainly use it for movie watching.
The reason why I’m not opting for a 5.1 home theater setup is that I literally have no space for the rear speakers, so it’s not worth it for me (also even if I had space I don’t have any outlets behind the couch, so how would I even power the rear speakers?).
My budget is around 300$ to 500$ (though that’s pushing it), I know, not the highest, which is why I came here lol, some subs can cost a lot so I’m not sure what to do about that. That’s also why I’m asking for help, maybe there are budget options for speakers I don’t know.
Preferably powered speakers since I’m not really looking for an amp/receiver, also the upside is that if I want I can also move the speakers to my bedroom and use them as makeshift studio monitors (I know that sounds like a horrible idea if you know anything about music production but that’s the best I can do for now lol).
Also I live in Brazil, but don’t think about currency exchange or anything, I’ve seen a lot of products here and the price that I can afford is usually around 350 US dollars (original USA MSRP), the only real problem is availability.
Most big brands are fine, JBL (they’re everywhere), Harman / Kardon, Yamaha, Klipsch, Edifier, Sennheiser, Pioneer, KEF, Dynaudio (though they’re expensive), Mackie, Vizio (sometimes), as well as most big manufacturers that make TVs (like Sony or Samsung), Bose is sometimes possible (though who the fuck would willingly recommend Bose?). Some brands though are impossible to get because of import/shipping costs, mainly Sonos (they’re overpriced anyway lol), Swan, Denon, Dayton Audio, and most unknown brands, Micca is also a no no (I’m so bummed about that D: ).
Don’t limit yourself to only the brands I’ve mentioned though, even the ones I said I might not be able to get, if it’s like the best speaker ever or something I might just able to make miracles happen I don’t fucking know.
I know this is a weird request but is it possible to plug in a sub directly to powered speakers? Do some of them have a sub out? Because otherwise I will have to buy a receiver right? Please enlighten me on this. I’m also afraid that if I buy tiny speakers (or desk speakers) they won’t “fill up the room” properly I’ll just end up with low volume and tininess (is that a word?).
TL;DR: 300$ to 500$ speakers + sub (2.1) setup for my living room (moderately sized room with huge openings on the sides), I want it loud, preferably powered speakers since I don’t want to buy an amp/receiver right now, I’ll use it mainly for movies with some very light music listening.
Thanks for reading and have a nice day
Edit: Mainly grammar, added TL;DR.