Monday, January 27, 2014

First group of bookshelf speakers coming in for your Average Joe Audio review! Sony SS-B1000, Dayton Audio B652‎ and Monoprice 8250

Many reviews of lower priced audio equipment seem to be made by Audiophiles with well developed aural palettes who see little value in budget speakers or by the Average Joe end user who doesn't have a lot of time to compare their speaker of choice with some of the many others available at similar price points. One of my hopes is to give decent advice and opinions while being able to actually compare many of these selections side by side. 

We might not find any hidden diamonds but with some luck and some fun, maybe we can find a nice little cubic zirconia that can satisfy our budget needs.

So first up will be the Sony SS-B1000 speakers which can be found for the low price of $67.70 @ / OR at your local Walmart for $68.00

Next is a long time favorite the Dayton Audio B652. From the sounds of it there was some production issues over the last year that had lead to some quality control problems but from my understanding those have been sorted out. They can be found for under $40 at OR Amazon

Last and lowest priced is the Monoprice 8250 bookself speaker. Monoprice has produced some excellent HTIB systems over the last few years so lets see how well these larger bookshelfs compare. They can be found for $30.94 at

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Welcome to Average Joe Audiophile

I want to welcome any and all future readers to this new blog. 

Like many other Average Joe's out there, I don't have the disposable income to spend the big bucks on higher end audio components. As much as I love my music, my movies and my games; I love a lot of other stuff too. Spending big sums of money on awesome audio equipment isn't in the budget if I wanted to do all the other stupid things I'd like to spend my money on.

So this blog is for the Average Joe that wants to learn and discuss those more reasonably priced and entry level audio systems with other Average Joe's. We might not have the developed ears and hearing, or the budget of the real audiophiles out there; but that shouldn't stop us from enjoying our music and movies as best we can. 

As a soft guideline I've set out to keep the products and items reviewed to about $150 and less range, probably more on the less side as even cheap stuff will get expensive as the number of reviews increases. Items both new and used that fall in to that range will be fair game. 

Thanks for reading and I hope we have some fun.

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