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I am looking for a setup for my apartment living room.
1. I am afraid I can't put up rear channels, since my sofa is against the wall and wires across the living room are not good for my one-year-old.
2. I am afraid I can't use a sound bar, one side of my living room is the kitchen and the other side is the patio.
3. My budget is limited. I am thinking about $1000 or less for receiver+speakers+mixer+mics while I already spent more on my Sony 46HX909.
4. By the way, besides music/movies, I am a karaoke fan
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This could be tough.. from personally experience, karaoke tend to kill regular movies and music speakers. Usually they have their special kind. I dont karaoke but my family does and even though they do not like to spend on electronics, they realized they even need 2 sets of speakers, one to listen to regularly and one to karaoke. With that budget, it might be tough to tackle on. I could be wrong. I know another AVS will have their inputs and know more than me. good luck with the system
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I can't help with karaoke and might suggest a dedicated all-in-one setup for karaoke. For music, movies and TV in an apartment I'd go with:
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I am looking for a setup for my apartment living room.
1. I am afraid I can't put up rear channels, since my sofa is against the wall and wires across the living room are not good for my one-year-old.
2. I am afraid I can't use a sound bar, one side of my living room is the kitchen and the other side is the patio.
3. My budget is limited. I am thinking about $1000 or less for receiver+speakers+mixer+mics while I already spent more on my Sony 46HX909.
4. By the way, besides music/movies, I am a karaoke fan

I would think a more difficult room might require more money, not less. It is very difficult to recommend speakers & receiver on $1000. A decent receiver is going to be in the $300-500 range and that doesn't leave much for speakers.
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I would think a more difficult room might require more money, not less. It is very difficult to recommend speakers & receiver on $1000. A decent receiver is going to be in the $300-500 range and that doesn't leave much for speakers.
That's very true; how much will be decent for a set of 3.1?
I prefer floorstanding for L/R, to save stands.
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"how much will be decent for a set of 3.1?
I prefer floorstanding for L/R, to save stands."

Boston VR1
http://www.bostonacoustics.com/VR1-Black-Only-P310.aspx
VRC center
http://www.onecall.com/product/Bosto...aker/_/R-20795
sholling reccomended, Emotiva Ultra 12 sub - save on shipping cost
http://emotiva.com/ultra_sub12.shtm
Epik sub
http://epiksubwoofers.com/legend.html

One receiver option
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_033AV19...ures_and_specs

Get a seperate system for singing

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Update:

Pulled the trigger on Onkyo TX-NR609 from Vanns. A stretch for my budget, but I like the upconversion and network features.

Still thinking about speakers. VR1 seems good.
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"apartment" means different things in different places. Are you renting or owning? If you own, would you consider mounting/in-ceiling speakers as an alternative that will give you rears
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Given your limited budget, I suggest going the used route on your fronts and center. Audiogon is always a good source.

As far as surrounds, matching them with your fronts isn't that important (especially when we're talking HT), so at some point you can add a pair of powered speakers by Audioengine along with their W1 wireless adaptor. Stereophile had a nice article about them fairly recently.
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"apartment" means different things in different places. Are you renting or owning? If you own, would you consider mounting/in-ceiling speakers as an alternative that will give you rears

I rent so that is not an option. Thanks anyway.
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Weighing between Energy and BA:

Are CF30+CC10 better than VR1+VRC?

I am concerned that VR1 doesn't support bi-amping
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I would not be concerned about bi-amping at all. and if you're talking about biamping using the rear surround channels on your receiver then the advantage is minimal at best. Most people say there is no difference.

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Weighing between Energy and BA:


I am concerned that VR1 doesn't support bi-amping

It has a good crossover - do not worry about that stuff.

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Just ordered a pair of VR1. Surprisingly BA charged me CA sales tax.
I also ordered 50ft 12ga wire with pins. Do I need a wire stripper?
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