If you’re looking for a simple system, the Pioneer VSX-531 is a fantastic place to start. It’s very affordable and offers a solid foundation for anyone new to creating sound systems or home theaters. This is a channel receiver packs 140 W per channel, crystal clear audio reproduction, Ultra HD, Pass-through with HDCP , Dolby True HD, DTS-HD master audio and Bluetooth wireless technology with aptX support for "CD-like audio quality" (with compatible Bluetooth devices). The aptX element also minimizes syncing issues and latency.
What about Dynaudio Audience 42. These little wonders have displaced my Definitive BP10 as my front speakers. I leave them on large speaker settings to get the most out of them. I have them on stands and use my subwoofer with them. Don’t call them bookshelf speakers. They deserve to be on stands. Polk RTiA3 please. I had the Polk RTi6. Sonically the same as RTiA3′s. Same drivers. They are nice sounding speakers but, they could not come anywhere close to my Dynaudio Audience 42′s. These are front row speakers. You feel like you are in the front row of a live performance of whatever you listen to. I have Stan Getz on Verve CD sounds like he is in my living room. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea is playing bass in my living room. They work well with all types of music. These are the first speakers that have made me realize what all the fuss is over audiophile speakers. I know now, thanks to my Dynaudio Audience 42 These retailed at $700 a pair. I found mine for $250 used on CL. They are unbelievable. I am looking to get a separate amp to get the most out of these little overachievers . If you have not heard Dynaudio speakers. Please do so, if you get the chance. You will be amazed at the quality of sound coming out of them.
The pickups are the Epiphone T-PRO humbuckers which are controlled via active electronics, one volume and one tone each. On this middle option, you also get a BadAss bridge, which is a nice upgrade from the entry level. The neck is through-body, unlike the cheaper bolt-on, and is made of walnut and maple with a rosewood fingerboard. If you want the iconic shape with some modern touches, this could be the one for you. I think at this price it might be in upgrade territory from an absolute beginner bass, but if you’ve got the money to spend, go for it. As they remark in the video below, it doesn’t feel much different than a more conventionally-shaped bass, so don’t let that hold you back.