Denon 1600H with Polk TL1600 - First Build

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RahulPuls

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I have been a silent reader on this forum.

I got inspired by many members here and rang up couple of dealer's here in Hyderabad.

I'm trying to build a 5.1 setup and need your inputs:

Denon 1600H - ₹66,000
Polk Audio TL 1600 - ₹40,000
Display - Sony X9500G for now (will move to a projector soon)
Media sources - DVD/BluRay/USB , OTT platforms

I wish to add 2 more height speakers in the future.

1. Is this a future proof setup atleast for 5 years?
2. Can I get a better price than mentioned above?
3. Any other points I should consider?

Thanks,
Rahul.
 

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Denon 1600H is fine. AVR prices are a little high right now.

I would not reccomend the Polk TL1600. You will soon grow out of it.

The other budget line from Polk (T Series) is much better.


See if you are able to negotiate a decent deal for the T series.

Try and get a quote from ProFX in Hyderabad.

PRO FX HYDERABAD​

S 302, Third Floor,
Babukhan Mall,
Somajiguda Circle,
Hyderabad 500 016,
Tel: 04040218387 | +91 9396556197
E-mail: [email protected]
Timings: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm (Monday to Saturday)
 
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I don't see any reason why you can't run this et-up for 3/5 years. It's a great VFM set-up and works great for small/moderate rooms. That said, the Sub is a bit weak, and I'll suggest you replacing it with a more powerful unit after a while (if you feel so).
 
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I have been a silent reader on this forum.

I got inspired by many members here and rang up couple of dealer's here in Hyderabad.

I'm trying to build a 5.1 setup and need your inputs:

Denon 1600H - ₹66,000
Polk Audio TL 1600 - ₹40,000
Display - Sony X9500G for now (will move to a projector soon)
Media sources - DVD/BluRay/USB , OTT platforms

I wish to add 2 more height speakers in the future.

1. Is this a future proof setup atleast for 5 years?
2. Can I get a better price than mentioned above?
3. Any other points I should consider?

Thanks,
Rahul.
Invest more in speakers and subwoofers as they will last long for many years, I have seen many FM using it for 10+ years.

AVR will be upgraded every year with new features, you can go ahead 1600h but it become very expensive after lockdown, I have brought it last year for 48k.
 
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Invest more in speakers and subwoofers as they will last long for many years, I have seen many FM using it for 10+ years.

AVR will be upgraded every year with new features, you can go ahead 1600h but it become very expensive after lockdown, I have brought it last year for 48k.
I would agree with this.

My personal advice, for the budget you have :
- Buy the Denon 1600
- Buy a good pair of bookshelf speakers for 20-25K ( Q Acoustics 3020i / Polk RTi A1 / Dali etc ..tons of choices)

Save the rest.

Keeping saving until you have enough, to buy.

Buy the remaining speakers in this order , as and when you have money :
- Sub-woofer (becomes a 2.1 system)
- Centre (becomes 3.1 system)
- Surrounds (becomes a complete 5.1 system)

Speakers easily last 20+ years. Will easily out last the AVR.
Buy good speakers which you are happy to keep for 20 years.
 
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I would say, if you have a budget of x, then AVR should get a max of 0.4x and speakers should get at least 0.6x. So if you're looking at a budget of 1 lakh for speakers + AVR, then get an AVR for 40k and speakers for 60k. This would include your future speaker purchases as well.

This is not a thumb rule and you should eventually get what you like, but getting a mid-range receiver and pairing them with entry level speakers is not going to give great results.

You should also look at options where you get speakers separately, you don't necessarily have to buy it as a package. I recently bought speakers. I didn't have a big budget, but I wanted something good. So I spent most of my budget on front and center (29.5k) and got cheap surround speakers (3.6k). The experience is quite awesome and I don't feel like the surrounds cost 1/5th of the front speakers. This is because majority of the focus of any movie is on the front speakers. So when on a budget, there should be bigger focus on fronts. In fact, setting up rear is a such a hassle for most people, that some just choose to skip them altogether, staying with a 3.1 setup instead.

Having a great pair of front speakers also ensures that the system will do well while playing music too (unless your usage is pretty much only movies).

I got a Taga Harmony Azure B-40 for front for 18k. Your budget obviously permits better. You can look at Dali Zensor series or Taga Platinum series. There are lot of choices for bookshelf speakers or tower speakers. In fact, there's a Dali Zensor 3 for sale in the classifieds section right now. Not suggesting you go out and buy, but they are definitely worth considering. Dali is great for music as well.

Please do mention your expected usage pattern between music/movies. That will also help people give better suggestions. And do start looking for places where you can audition speakers.
 
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RahulPuls

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Thanks everyone for your comments/suggestions. I got the below:

Denon 2700H - 71k
ELAC DEBUT 2.0 B6.2 - 31k

I negotiated till the last moment to squeeze these prices.

Now the search is on for a Sub-woofer. Centre channel & surrounds will be added slowly.

I'll post my review soon once these are delivered. Your comments are welcome.

~Rahul
 
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argho

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Thanks everyone for your comments/suggestions. I got the below:

Denon 2700H - 71k
ELAC DEBUT 2.0 B6.2 - 31k

I negotiated till the last moment to squeeze these prices.

Now the search is on for a Sub-woofer. Centre channel & surrounds will be added slowly.

I'll post my review soon once these are delivered. Your comments are welcome.

~Rahul
Great start.
 
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Thanks everyone for your comments/suggestions. I got the below:

Denon 2700H - 71k
ELAC DEBUT 2.0 B6.2 - 31k

I negotiated till the last moment to squeeze these prices.

Now the search is on for a Sub-woofer. Centre channel & surrounds will be added slowly.

I'll post my review soon once these are delivered. Your comments are welcome.

~Rahul
Great, congratulations on your new acquisition. Enjoy your music and please share your experience.
 
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Thanks everyone for your comments/suggestions. I got the below:

Denon 2700H - 71k
ELAC DEBUT 2.0 B6.2 - 31k

I negotiated till the last moment to squeeze these prices.

Now the search is on for a Sub-woofer. Centre channel & surrounds will be added slowly.

I'll post my review soon once these are delivered. Your comments are welcome.

~Rahul
Rahul, can you please message me the dealer for 2700H, looking for an AVR myself. Thanks in advance.
 
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