I have a good 36 inch Sony TV. It looks and plays perfectly. It weighs about ten tons. I have had it for about 15 years, and for the last several, my Bride has been after me to upgrade to the new flat models.
Finally, I have given in (just in time for College Football season). I searched the web for about a week, and finally found the model I wanted cheap. A place in TN named Essex Technology Group had only one and they claim it is new in the box. It was $800 cheaper than even Amazon. I am supposed to get it next week.To that end, I needed to upgrade the audio around my TV. I don't really want all the surround wires all over the room, plus, my bank account is deleted after the TV purchase. My Bride hates loud TV, but I want to hear some loud crowd noise coming from the games. I will keep my eyes open for a good used set of Polk VMs that I desire, but am too poor to purchase new. Still, as I search for a bargain on those over the next weeks or months, I need to plug in some of the stuff I have not being used. I have some good junk. A few years back, I got a pair of these.
They retail for $660, but I got then for much less. I got them cheaper because I bought them used, and bought each speaker weeks apart. Actually, mine are even different colors, but they look great, and sound really good. Up until this year, I had them mounted out on my deck. I upgraded that system, and these have been in the closet. For them to work well inside, they would need speaker stands for proper placement. Speaker placement is everything, especially for smaller speakers. Good stands that will hold these heavy things cost over $300. So, as I slept last night, I figured out how to make my own. I used 3 inch pvc pipe, painted it black, and attached it to a board. I put rubber feet on the bottom of the board. I filled 1/2 the inside of the pipe with sand to add weight. These are heavy speakers.
As you can see, they look damn good, and are more than up to the task. The best part is I built both for under $50. If you try this, make sure to measure your ear height form the floor as you sit in your chair because they are not adjustable.
Also, I am adding in this old Polk Audio PSW505 12-Inch Powered Subwoofer, which can really put out some strong bass.
So, for now I think I will be in for some good game day sounds come kick off, and all for under 50 bucks. You might not have as much old junk in your closet, but deals on good used stuff pop up everyday on places like ebay and Audiogon.
I sure hope they send the TV.