Filling Out A 7.2 System - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 02-04-2011, 06:21 AM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
dhegler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I am redoing my basement this year and will have a 20x20 or so room for my new home theater setup. I am limited by budget. I took advantage of the 6ave.com sale on the Denon AVR-991 for $668 the other day and now need to find some good speaker deals. I would love to spend $500-$1000 to fill out a 7.2 setup. I love Polks, heard Klipsch are also pretty good value as well. I have a HK 5.1 setup with all Polks upstairs which I really like. 10 years later, it all sounds as good as day 1 (at least to me).

I see lots of "deals" on Polk and Klipsch 5.1 setups that seem like a good value for the sound they produce. I don't need overkill that the neighbors will hear. I was wondering if there were any suggestions on getting a 5.1 system (they seem to run $400 on NewEgg, or less when on sale), then pairing up two more satellites and one more subwoofer to match the other speakers that were in the 5.1 set.

Any ideas? My goal was to spend $2,000-$2,500 on a TV, receiver and speakers for the project. I have a very nice Panasonic Viera plasma 46" upstairs that I can move downstairs if I wanted to get a new one for upstairs. I don't care about 3d at all... So, I figure I can get a nice 50" or so for $1,000 (just saw a great Amazon deal today for $899). That leaves $500-$1,000 on speakers. They cannot be floor-standing, due to little kiddos running around.
dhegler is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 Old 02-04-2011, 12:26 PM
Member
 
DelsFan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 199
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Well, there are a lot of really crappy speaker systems out there in the $500 to $1000 range. And you say 7.2 setup - are you really thinking of two subs? And will the sub rest on the floor?

However, with a 50" (Panasonic!) Plasma television you don't need a system that would cost a lot more (like if you were going with a projector and 120" screen). Also, I'd definitely get a decent 5.1 system as opposed to a junky 7.1 system. That way you have decent sound right off the bat; just add two speakers later and for a few hundred dollars, down the road, you've got something good.

I think Home Theater magazine had a "best speakers" issue recently - might even have been February issue. If it is still on the newsstand, I'd pick up a copy (or subscribe, it's dirt cheap for what you get).

One option that wouldn't suck would be the 5.1 NHT Absolute Zero speaker system at $1294 list - maybe you can get it in the $1000 range ultimately.

I would also check out the speakers from Gallo and Orb - I've not heard the Orbs but it is possible you could put together something decent using their speakers. (I am familiar with their $2200 5.1 systems, but not their "micro" systems.)

I never did like Klipsch, thought they were too bright sounding - BUT, I've not heard them in at least 10 years, AND you could do far far far... faaaar worse in a "cheap" speaker and only some better.

Polk is not what they were ten years ago; again, you could certainly do worse.

A speaker I have heard and really like is the Monitor Audio Bronze series (a buddy of mine has these with his similarly sized TV and Denon receiver; for the money they are very very good and you can pay more for something else (Bose?) and get junk).
Pair of B2 speakers $400 list
Center Channel spkr $280 list
Bi Pole surounds BXMX $400, I think.

Woops, that's $1000, taking into account street price and sales tax. BUT, if you could stretch, or find these used or maybe these new and a good used sub, this is a system that would be 100 times better than most HTIB systems - you'd never tire of it (until you find $2500 to put in a speaker system).


A couple of words of advice:
Don't skimp on your center channel. It will do the most work, percentage wise, and it will give you the feeling of "being there"... or not, depending on your choice.

You can cobble together a system using good speakers from different mfrs. and have a better sounding system than any junky HTIB system. However, if you can at least match your front three speakers you will be way ahead of the game. At your price point, three front speakers that match, any decent surround pair, and a good used sub - and you will be amazed.

I'd MUCH rather have a used sub for $300 that is pretty good, and was once twice that amount, rather than a new $300 sub that is pathetic (and at $300, they all are pathetic).

Check out Audiogon.com and Videogon.com if you will consider used speakers. Sometimes you can find a complete $2200 5.1 system that is "the real thing" for $1200 there. Mfrs that I know make good sounding speakers are Mirage, Paradigm, Definitive Technology, Focal, PSB, Phase Tech (they used to anyway). Also the Monitor Audio Silver series is superior, if you can find a "deal" on them. Also Gallo's A'Diva-Ti based system is amazing, and easy to install "above ground".

Good luck!
DelsFan is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 02-05-2011, 06:11 PM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
dhegler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Ended up getting 3 pairs of Polk Monitor 40's (front, side, rear), Polk CS2, and 2 Polk PSW10's for under $700 new. I figure this would beat any HTiB speaker system, got good deals on all this price-wise, and kept most of the speakers off the floor away from the kids. I know the PSW10's aren't GREAT, but I think they were $79 each - that's a family dinner for us. I figure the Denon AVR991 will adjust and calibrate all the settings anyway and I don't plan on having the volume very high anyway...

I know this isn't a "sexy" setup, but for the cost of one nice floorstanding speaker, I get 9 solid speakers, albeit not audiophile-exciting. Let's face it, Spongebob, Scooby Doo, Shrek, and the non-action movies my wife and I typically watch will sound pretty good.
dhegler is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 02-06-2011, 11:35 AM
AVS Special Member
 
crazyrob425's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 6,275
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 118 Post(s)
Liked: 168
Quote:
Originally Posted by dhegler View Post

2 Polk PSW10's for under $700 new. I figure this would beat any HTiB speaker system, got good deals on all this price-wise, and kept most of the speakers off the floor away from the kids. I know the PSW10's aren't GREAT, but I think they were $79 each - that's a family dinner for us. .

Return both Polk subwoofers and get one Bic f12 from shopblt.com !!!! Heck a Bic v1020 would be better than those two pols

The polk sub woofer only touches 40hz and adding second just increase the volume but not the actual bass performance.

While the other polkas will beat the htib speakers the Polk subwoofer won't. I would have went with Polk monitor 30's to actually get a decent subwoofer
crazyrob425 is offline  
Reply Speakers

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off