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We just moved into a new house and the great room had a Bose Acoustimass 6 in it, but the previous owners took the bass module and left us with just the speakers. So I think we're going to sell the speakers and replace it with something else (from what I hear on this site Bose is not highly regarded!) So we have never had surround sound before and probably won't use it a whole lot so we definitely don't need top of the line and don't want to spend that much on it. We just bought a 52" sharp aquos and don't have a Receiver that goes with 5.1 speakers so we'll have to get that as well. We really don't want to spend over $700 for everything, so what would you suggest to get? Our great room specs are 22x19 with about a 30 foot ceiling. THANKS!!!
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We just moved into a new house and the great room had a Bose Acoustimass 6 in it, but the previous owners took the bass module and left us with just the speakers. So I think we're going to sell the speakers and replace it with something else (from what I hear on this site Bose is not highly regarded!) So we have never had surround sound before and probably won't use it a whole lot so we definitely don't need top of the line and don't want to spend that much on it. We just bought a 52" sharp aquos and don't have a Receiver that goes with 5.1 speakers so we'll have to get that as well. We really don't want to spend over $700 for everything, so what would you suggest to get? Our great room specs are 22x19 with about a 30 foot ceiling. THANKS!!!

That's a huge room! I don't think a $700 budget will be enough, honestly. $700 for just a sub, maybe, but for a sub, speakers, and receiver, you are left with very little options, most of which being a HTIB system (which would likely be worse than the Bose). So, I would recommend getting a 5.1 receiver for about $200 (look at Onkyo) and spend the rest on a good sub to fill that huge room. Probably a Hsu VTF-2 Mk3. Then, just upgrade the speakers later on if you want to.
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$700?

Check out Denon recievers (recommend the 1611). Some polk or pioneer speakers. Check the subwoofer forums for advice on which sub to get. Just make sure your main speaker package matches (esp front L/R and center. Make sure theyare the same brand and series).

A system like that should be more than good enough for your purposes. For specific model numbers, browse amazon. It'll give you a good idea of the price ranges as well.

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That's a huge room! I don't think a $700 budget will be enough, honestly. $700 for just a sub, maybe, but for a sub, speakers, and receiver, you are left with very little options, most of which being a HTIB system (which would likely be worse than the Bose).

Not even. A cheaper denon, onkyo or sony receiver, inexpensive polk or sony speakers and a $200 subwoofer is still going to be far better than anything from Bose he can get for $700.

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Not even. A cheaper denon, onkyo or sony receiver, inexpensive polk or sony speakers and a $200 subwoofer is still going to be far better than anything from Bose he can get for $700.

I disagree. I think allocating more money to the subwoofer, as he has a very large room, would yield a bigger improvement in sound. I've owned cheap Polk speakers, they really aren't that great.
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Wow, this seems to be contagious (people leaving the cubes behind)!

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub
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How bad are the bundle sets at like Best Buy, where you get the receivers + the 5.1 system...

And I'm not opposed to buying slightly used speakers
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What do you think of this set-up for the room and the pricing

http://appleton.craigslist.org/ele/2477295429.html
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That is a decent deal. The same Quintets are $340 3rd party on Amazon. $376 directly from Amazon.

From Amazon that stuff is $700 plus the stands. So, $100 less and free stands...and you don't have to wait for UPS.

It looks like he is asking $250 for just the Quintets...or $600 if you take it all.
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Yeah I didn't know if I should get that Sub too or get a different one to go with the speakers
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First...does he still have this stuff?

And, yes that sub is "over priced" if you were buying new...but you aren't. I think(considering what you are getting it for) it compares very nicely to a BIC H100/F12.

$600 is just about right.

Besides, it would be very simple for you to get that sub home, purchase a BIC H100 or F12 from Amazon, try them both out...then either return the F12/H100...or sell the Klipsch to recover what you spent on the BIC.

Lava(being the only other one in the same price class) has a 30 day home trial. If you return the sub, all you are out is shipping back to them...
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Yeah i'm not 100% if its still available, i emailed him this morning, but no reply yet. Would I be better off going with this Energy System...CNET seems to think highly of it for the price.
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Personally, I think these Quintet are too small...but your budget won't allow bigger speakers...

Regardless...with your budget, buy THE BIGGEST speakers from any brand you can find.

Even these would be an improvement over the Quintet...and would cost less...
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SS-B1000-...1022038&sr=1-1 (two pairs and a center would set you back roughly $180...and I would take these over the Energy or Quintet)
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SS-B3000-.../ref=pd_cp_e_1 (even better if you got a pair of these instead of one of the 1000)
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With a room as big as your I strongly suggest you steer very very clear of these satelite based system. They will struggle to fill your room with sound

Something like the Pioneer speakers or Polk Monitor Series ii would be the best bet with a Bic pl200 subwoofer
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Yeah I guess I was hoping to stay with smaller speakers (and I know my mom won't want big speakers). She got an entertainment center with some smallish cubbies (around 8"x 6") where we could put two in the top corners then maybe a longer middle one, and the opposite room wall has the holes and wires already in the wall from the Bose speakers.
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2 pair of Energy CB-5's, CC-5 center, Bic PL200 subwoofer

That will be better than the Take classic at least
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2 pair of Energy CB-5's, CC-5 center, Bic PL200 subwoofer

That will be better than the Take classic at least

So having those 3 speakers in the front of the room, and none in the back are going to be better then the 3 satellites in the front and 2 satellites in the back? Sorry but I really know nothing about speakers/surround sound!
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So having those 3 speakers in the front of the room, and none in the back are going to be better then the 3 satellites in the front and 2 satellites in the back? Sorry but I really know nothing about speakers/surround sound!

Yes with the Bic PL200 but your budget allows for a 5.1 with 4x cb-5's and cc-5 and subwoofer
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Yes with the Bic PL200 but your budget allows for a 5.1 with 4x cb-5's and cc-5 and subwoofer

Oh I gotcha, I didn't see the 2 pair of cb-5's. Thanks! I'll check those out...but if i wanted to stay under 700 including the receiver what would u recommend?
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I disagree. I think allocating more money to the subwoofer, as he has a very large room, would yield a bigger improvement in sound. I've owned cheap Polk speakers, they really aren't that great.

I'd be on your page if the OP had more than $700 total to spend. I feel his pain as I'm on a limited budget myself and had to take months to put my HT components together and I'm still not done (need a sub still). Some people just want the components all right now and when that is the case, options are limited.

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Oh I gotcha, I didn't see the 2 pair of cb-5's. Thanks! I'll check those out...but if i wanted to stay under 700 including the receiver what would u recommend?

I suggest you save up your money for about $300-400.

Honestly with a room your size you need a larger speaker set in general and $700 for receiver and speakers I'd have toy with floorstanders up front with a decent 5.0 speaker set
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JBL Studio Series s38 (2 pair)
JBL Studio Series s-Center
JBL PB10

i found these on Craigslist and was wondering if you guys had any thoughts on how these are or how they would work in my room...and what price should I ask. He also had an old Sony receiver, but i don't want that one...he is asking $400 for everything, but said he'd sell the speakers without the receiver and said make an offer...
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