5.1 speakers for under 10K

codelad

Disciple
With our current 5.1 setup (a cheap no-brand that has existed for close to two decades) dying a slow death, and with the impending sales on Amazon/Flipkart - looking for something to replace it.

Here are my requirements:
1. Would dearly like to stick to something under ~10K
2. Totally alright with just-about-okayish or just-above-poorish SQ that I expect in this price range. Effectively looking for something decent among the bottom scrapers, here.
3. Love the surround experience (even on our current crappy system) and would like to stick to a 5.1 or a 4.0 system (something with SL and SR).
4. A wired system would be fine. Our drawing room is fairly large and the furthest rear speaker uses a 15m cable. I'm fine with resoldering the same wire onto new speakers.
5. Only require a single analog 3.5mm (or RCA) input. Not looking for anything fancy - could live with no FM radio, no Bluetooth device support, no USB, no optical inputs.
6. This is meant for occasional streaming/YT content on a Sony Bravia, and perhaps an odd weekend movie. Would place clarity of speech way up and over heavy bass (and everything else).

On Bluetooth speakers, if someone does indeed recommend them, I have very little idea, and have a few questions:
1. The farthest rear speaker will be around 5m from the main unit (measured as a straight line). Would this be within range?
2. I imagine each speaker would use batteries to power them. How often would I typically need to change batteries? Would this be a hassle?

Would greatly appreciate suggestions and links to decent online deals. Would prefer to get this over with soon, preferably grab something during one of the ongoing sales. Thank you.
 

Ramadhir Singh

Wasseypur
Adept
Unable to understand your use case.
check out this Indian brand - Obage (obage.in) .. no direct experience with their product but i heard they made decent product in low price market.
have a look at this - http://www.obage.in/ht303.php

they are available in amazon as well - https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07DQJWGVZ/ ( just a reference point)

if its for TV, check out used yamaha HTIB in olx/quickr . if you are lucky to old model, brad new start form 17k+ ( chroma/reliance)
 

codelad

Disciple
Unable to understand your use case.
My present setup: analog 3.5mm audio out of the TV connected to powered 5.1 speakers.

It is primitive and unsophisticated, and would like to keep it this way, since we watch very little TV, and yet cannot do without it. Essentially need a like-for-like (or marginally better) replacement for the 5.1 speakers within ~10K.

check out this Indian brand - Obage (obage.in) .. no direct experience with their product but i heard they made decent product in low price market.
have a look at this - http://www.obage.in/ht303.php

they are available in amazon as well - https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07DQJWGVZ/ ( just a reference point)
Just checked out their 4.1 range, and it's just about the type of speakers I'm looking for. Thank you.
 

icysmoke

Disciple
My present setup: analog 3.5mm audio out of the TV connected to powered 5.1 speakers.

It is primitive and unsophisticated, and would like to keep it this way, since we watch very little TV, and yet cannot do without it. Essentially need a like-for-like (or marginally better) replacement for the 5.1 speakers within ~10K.


Just checked out their 4.1 range, and it's just about the type of speakers I'm looking for. Thank you.
I remember reading somewhere that @Googly has purchased Obage products. Googly, if possible can you share your experience. I am also looking to buy its 2.1 speakers
 

Googly

Disciple
I remember reading somewhere that @Googly has purchased Obage products. Googly, if possible can you share your experience. I am also looking to buy its 2.1 speakers
Hi there,
I am using their tower speakers. DT-2605.
Great bang for bucks. Each tower comes with 3-way speakers and a subwoofer.
So you get 6-speakers and 2 subwoofers in the system. The module for BT comes with USB and Radio. Don't expect finesse in finish and aesthetics. As far as general listening to music
I can recommend this specific model. You can call their customer care number for seconds deal as well.
 

icysmoke

Disciple
Hi there,
I am using their tower speakers. DT-2605.
Great bang for bucks. Each tower comes with 3-way speakers and a subwoofer.
So you get 6-speakers and 2 subwoofers in the system. The module for BT comes with USB and Radio. Don't expect finesse in finish and aesthetics. As far as general listening to music
I can recommend this specific model. You can call their customer care number for seconds deal as well.
Thanks a lot for the feedback. You are right the aesthetics dont look too good from the photos. But thats fine. Sound is a bigger priority for me as compared to looks. Plenty of brands have good looking speakers with too much boom boom bass. Good sound under 7-8k is harder to find
 

Googly

Disciple
Thanks a lot for the feedback. You are right the aesthetics dont look too good from the photos. But thats fine. Sound is a bigger priority for me as compared to looks. Plenty of brands have good looking speakers with too much boom boom bass. Good sound under 7-8k is harder to find
Also replaced my Philips MMS6080B 2.1 system which served me well with the following monitors.
Take a look at this JBL Professional 104 Compact Desktop Reference 60 W Bluetooth Studio Monitor on Flipkart
Great for music. Professional grade monitors with Bluetooth.
Currently at best price in Flipkart.
I would recommend this over Obage if your room size is less than 150 Sq. Feet and Bluetooth suffices.
 

icysmoke

Disciple
Also replaced my Philips MMS6080B 2.1 system which served me well with the following monitors.
Take a look at this JBL Professional 104 Compact Desktop Reference 60 W Bluetooth Studio Monitor on Flipkart
Great for music. Professional grade monitors with Bluetooth.
Currently at best price in Flipkart.
I would recommend this over Obage if your room size is less than 150 Sq. Feet and Bluetooth suffices.
The living room size is around 250-300. Thats why bookshelf speakers might not be enough. Btw would you recommend the philips over obage too?
 

Googly

Disciple
The living room size is around 250-300. Thats why bookshelf speakers might not be enough. Btw would you recommend the philips over obage too?
This specific model is a very good piece with great acoustics. It's been continuing in production for last 6 years if I am not wrong. You can definitely consider it. 60W RMS with good mids and treble. Subwoofer is also much bigger than regular 2.1, at 5.25 inch.
If you are in Delhi, you can check out demo with Obage if available.
 

icysmoke

Disciple
This specific model is a very good piece with great acoustics. It's been continuing in production for last 6 years if I am not wrong. You can definitely consider it. 60W RMS with good mids and treble. Subwoofer is also much bigger than regular 2.1, at 5.25 inch.
If you are in Delhi, you can check out demo with Obage if available.
Thanks for that. Good idea. I am in Mumbai so will check out the Philips at a Croma.
 

codelad

Disciple
Thank you for the Obage recommendations. I was since able to get in touch with them via their website, and after a bit of back and forth, ended up ordering this 2.1 unit: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B097N8WZ5F/

Must add that they were quite helpful - actually went as far as looking at my room dimensions and photos, and managed to convince me that a decent 2.1 setup will trump a poor 5.1 in my case, where my primary use is for TV/movies (speech-based).
 
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icysmoke

Disciple
Thank you for the Obage recommendations. I was since able to get in touch with them via their website, and after a bit of back and forth, ended up ordering this 2.1 unit: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B097N8WZ5F/

Must add that they were quite helpful - actually went as far as looking at my room dimensions and photos, and managed to convince me that a decent 2.1 setup will trump a poor 5.1 in my case, where my primary use is for TV/movies (speech-based).
Nice. I ordered the same pair. Will pair it to the tv with optical cable and will also be used for music in the living room via Bluetooth. I bought it mainly for the flat signature that they claimed. Everything in the market in the low budget range has crazy amounts of bass that makes it impossible to hear the speech clearly in movies. The product page mentioned flat signature so was tempted to go for it rather than any other Obage product. Everyone wants boom boom that makes the windows vibrate. Not enough products for those looking for midrange clarity.

Boat even proudly mentions in every product- Boat signature sound. Thats is just big boomy bass that the showroom folks love to talk about.
 

codelad

Disciple
... Love to hear about your experience with the product in coming time.
... please share your feedback , I am also thinking to buy the same and any good optical cable suggestions? and at what price you bought?
Sure. Will certainly post my experience once I use them enough.

Happened to have an optical cable already - bought here as part of a cable bundle sometime ago. It appears long enough for my use, but have not tested if it works. In case it doesn't, I had this bookmarked - https://www.amazon.in/CableCreation-Toslink-Digital-Optical-SPDIF/dp/B01JIE09EA/
Nice. I ordered the same pair. Will pair it to the tv with optical cable and will also be used for music in the living room via Bluetooth. I bought it mainly for the flat signature that they claimed. Everything in the market in the low budget range has crazy amounts of bass that makes it impossible to hear the speech clearly in movies. The product page mentioned flat signature so was tempted to go for it rather than any other Obage product. Everyone wants boom boom that makes the windows vibrate. Not enough products for those looking for midrange clarity.
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It is for this exact reason that I'm switching over to this model, myself. I dislike both loud volume levels and heavy bass in the best of times (could be my ears, but I can barely make out speech unless I turn down bass to less than normal levels). My present setup has a large rotating dial to adjust bass, and just about everything else. It so happened that it also was my son's favourite plaything, and the dial eventually gave in. As it turned out, the final position that the dial rested at was at maximum bass. So that is the end of that, and cannot wait to replace it.

Obage does advertise clarity over bass, which sounds good on paper. And this is also what their guy (whom I was in contact with) appeared to emphasise. He was also clear about how big a role the room acoustics play and careful not to get my expectations too high. If they are as good as their word, which I feel they are, I'll be more than happy. We'll see.
 

prakashr85

Recruit
Yes. Will share the feedback once they arrive and complete burn in.
I ordered the cheapest optical cable available and both together cost 5350 post card discounts.
from amazon? I think price increased now to 6299 earlier it was 5732 (actual price before card discounts)
 
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