Originally Posted by Loophole
I an unsure of the proper posting edicate but my situation is similar to that of Relleum as i am unsure of what speaker that I should get for my home theater.
Not a problem. The word is Etiquette, though
I have looked at all the recommendations above and was wondering if they were applicable to my situation?
I didn't really look above to see which speakers you were looking, but I'll tell you that good speakers transcend what you're using them for, plain and simple. Of course you want a smidgen more max output for one thing where you might want a smidgen more timbral accuracy for another, but at the end of the day good speakers are good speakers.
I always recommend worrying about fronts and placement and room acoustics before you worry about subs, and worrying about good multiple subs before you worry about side surrounds, and not worrying about surround backs until you're 100% satisfied with 4.2 or 5.2 first. I also don't subscribe to the "you need a center" group since I find a lot of centers sound worse than no center at all, and ends up being a waste of money which could have gone else where. I do think a great center is worth having but i'd rather spend more on two great mains than skimp and add a centre.
As for recommendations, like I said, I don't know what was recommended earlier, but I guess with a $3000 budget I'd be looking at some good stereo mains like the Revel F12s, RBH e55ti, Salk Songtowers, Aperion Verus Grand, and PSB Image T6 to name a few. For a center, I would only consider it if it's NOT an MTM. For subs I would be looking at maybe two Rythmik FV12s for example. Before surrounds I'd consider corner bass traps and properly placed diffusion panels. For surrounds I wouldn't be looking too high end... I'd be more focused on placement. If necessary, I would supplement the stereo mains with a separates amp, but only if the complex impedance measurements suggest you need one.
Actually, I would do thisOne Pair Philharmonic Audio 1 speakersTwo Rythmik FV15 subwoofersFour Packs of Roxul 60 to make 12" corner bass traps with.
2.2 should take up the majority of your budget. After that, decide for yourself how much you feel the need to spend on surrounds consider how little content material truly, genuinely uses these channels. Personally my recommendation for surround speakers would be
1) Active studio monitors to take the load off the receiver
2) wide vertical dispersion if they are going to be placed higher than your ears
3) Sealed, not ported.
4) Flat frequency response
The closest I can think of to a sure bet for a surround speaker is the JBL LSR2325
A pair of these for $400 is all you need to spend on surrounds. Don't worry about timbral matching between surrounds and mains - if they are good speakers it's not a huge problem. And I'm positive these are both not just good, but excellent speakers.
Don't think that you NEED seven speakers or that "one sub is enough" - I'm confident that 4.2 will amaze you. You don't need golden ears to hear what fine speakers can do - just some well recorded, well mixed, well mastered, and pleasant to listen to source material.
P.S. - I may have overshot your budget >_>;;