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Looking for a 5.1

For watching movies and sports

For a room size of 30 feet x 14 feet

What would be your recommendation for this price range?

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Looking for a 5.1
For watching movies and sports
For a room size of 30 feet x 14 feet
What would be your recommendation for this price range?

Personally, although I am sure I am not alone in this, I would not recommend a HTiB if you are spending $1300.

Is there a particular reason you focused on HTiB instead of buying speakers and components separately? With that budget you can certainly do better than HTiB.

Post some of your listening habits, what you like/don't like, what you really want out of your system and people will be able to give some specific suggestions you can start considering.

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I agree. For $1300 you can get separates that will be better hands down than any HTiB.
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Sorry I am not an expert in these.

If you suggest that I should look for components and assemble for this price, I would appreciate any recommendations you might have.

 

Listening habits:

60% movies/ TV shows

20% regular pop music

20% sports

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What do you need? What do you already have?

Do you need speakers?
Receiver?
BluRay player?
TV/Projector?

How do you receive your TV (OTA Antenna, Cable/satellite box, etc)? What make/model... what outputs does it have?
What other sources do you have/need/want? ipod, tuner, turntable, etc...

Are you planning on running wires to everything or do you have special wireless requirements?
What does your space look like? Do you have space/size limitations?
Floorstanding, bookshelf, on-wall or in-wall speakers?
When you envision the perfect 5.1 system in your room... what do you see?

I know that's a lot of questions... and there will be more. But the folks on here will help you through it. Just answer as best you can and work through the planning process. Everyone's situation is a bit different but if you'll stick with it you'll come out with the best answers for you specifically and you'll end up with a system you can enjoy to the fullest.

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Answers to your questions

 

I dont have anything currently and just use the speakers from the Samsung TV which I got last year

The TV has HDMI and analog outlets

Dont need ipod connections. Just need to connect to the TV and the DVD player.

 

Bookshelf speakers is what I am looking for

I would need recommendation in speakers + receiver

 

The room is pre wired for 5.1

Hope this gives you enough info to recommend.

 

Thanks again

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That's a great starting point.

You want 5.1 bookshelf speakers and receiver recommendation for a room that is already prewired for 5.1.

You want to connect to your Samsung TV (via HDMI?) and also connect your DVD (or is it Blu-Ray?) player (also via HDMI?)

Your listening habits are 80% Movies/TV/Sports and 20% pop music.

Take that info and post it in a new thread in the speakers forum: http://www.avsforum.com/f/89/speakers Once you make that thread come back and reference it here so anyone who finds this can easily get to your new thread.
EDIT: I see you already have a thread over there... link to it here and then post some of the above info over there and run with that thread.

Then start reading the speakers, receivers-amps-and-processors and subwoofers-bass-and-transducers forums for ideas while you wait for responses.

http://www.avsforum.com/f/89/speakers
http://www.avsforum.com/f/90/receivers-amps-and-processors
http://www.avsforum.com/f/113/subwoofers-bass-and-transducers

Good Luck! Enjoy the journey!

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What gauge of wire is the pre-wire? Is it bare wire or are the connectors already in place? What are the distances to the front sound stage and the sides (for 5.1)? Speakers make all the difference in the world so if you want bookshelf-sized speakers that limits you somewhat, but not completely. The receiver should have at least 4 HDMI inputs with one or two HDMI outputs. The speaker connections should be 5-way binding posts to accommodate any type of speaker connection, etc.
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Sorry I dont know the gauge but looks like the wire is pretty thick and is covered (not bare)

Connectors are already in place

 

The room size is 30 feet by 14 feet.

So about 29 feet is the distance to the front sound stage

and about 10 feet for the rear (I am not sure if this is what you are asking about)

 

Thanks for your points on the receiver and speaker connections

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By bare wire I meant at the ends . For example, I use heater cord wire which is an insulated, 2-wire, 16AWG for a run that is about 35' maximum for the sides. For the front sound stage, I have my R/L speakers 10' apart so the wire is about 15' for each. I paid $0.16 per foot for the wire. I just kept the wire bare at the ends and wrapped them around the screw part of the binding posts.
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Otto

The wire gauge is 16AWG and is bare at the ends.

The speakers are in the wall 10feet apart for the front speakers and the rear speakers

and the distance from the front to the rear is about 29 feet so probably 35 feet of wire.

Hope this is info is helpful to recommend.

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16AWG at 35' length is fine for running speakers at 8ohm without any noticeable loss of fidelity. You could probably even push 4ohms without any noticeable loss, depending on the volume. With bare wire on the ends you can do anything. You could add bananna plugs or whatever. A good standalone receiver like a Yamaha, Denon, or Onkyo (the only ones I have experience with) would easily suit your needs depending on what you wanted from your receiver. At your price point, you could get a very nice receiver for $500, a very good blu-ray player (if you don't have one already) for about $150 or less, which would leave you about $700 for a sub and speakers. Of course you can spend a lot more on speakers but for that $1300 you could put together a very nice system. I'd decide on the receiver first and then hop over to the speaker forum and tell them what receiver you are going to get and what would they suggest for complementary speakers. Do list your max price point though for the speakers because that will instantly narrow down your choices somewhat.
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Thanks Otta

Say I have a budget of $1200 for the 5 speakers and subwoofer

and I can take care of the DVD player and the receiver what would you suggest for speakers?

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I would take your question to the speaker forum instead of here. You will probably get much better recommendations there. In fact, I know you will.
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