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post #1 of 15 Old 08-19-2011, 09:39 PM - Thread Starter
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My wife and I just moved into a new house and our old speaker setup is no longer working. I'm looking for recommendations for a decent 5.0 setup that my wife will approve of.

My current setup:
B&W DM-602 mains (on stands), CC2 center, Ascend CBM-170's as surrounds, and a smaller SVS subwoofer. Used for 50/50 music/movies.

Flaws in the current system:
1. My wife thinks the speakers are too large and noticeable (all black in an all-white room).
2. There are windows on either side of the TV, so the speakers are either right next to the TV (too close for stereo imaging) or in the corners... behind some chairs.

I'm hoping to find some svelte speakers that sound on-par with my current setup. Wall-mounting is a plus, and getting them in white (to match the walls) is also a plus. The room is on the large side3500 cubic feet with lots of reflective surfaces. I bought most of the speakers used for around $1000 total, so my wife thinks that should be our budget.

Does anybody have any suggestions? My local dealer carries Paradigm and Definitive, and he recommended the Cinema 220s/330s and the ProCinema speakers; would these be good options?
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Dude, man up...
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Dude, man up...
Really ,you got a new house & you let the wife tell you you need to down grade the sound system.

You upgraded the house , draw the line ,man-up ...
if you already have let the wife have your manhood then just get some Bose .
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Dude, man up...
+1. Grow a pair and nicely tell the wife that tiny speakers, purchased because they match the color of the drapes will sound terrible... Good luck.
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Tell her she should just paint the existing speakers white herself if it's that big a deal.
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The 602 are gigantic bookshelve speakers. I own them. I use a Cambridge s30 and pioneer bs41 now. Much smaller and visually pleasing w/o sacrificing sound quality.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1327952&page=6
If you scroll down there is an image of my 602 compared to some other speakers.
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If you like the b&w sound, i'd check out the M1's. They are a solid small speaker and you can get them in white. They can be wall mounted too.
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I'd love to man up, but I still have my issue with speaker placement.

Right now the wall where the speakers would go is 14' long. There is a 4' wide TV stand in the middle, flanked by 3' wide windows. That leaves 2' of wall at each edge where speakers could go, but there will be chairs on each side which would block tweeters (I think). And I'd prefer to not put the speakers in front of the windows.

My intended solution was to mount speakers on the wall above the chairs. Does anybody have other suggestions?
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My wife and I just moved into a new house and our old speaker setup is no longer working. I'm looking for recommendations for a decent 5.0 setup that my wife will approve of.

My current setup:
B&W DM-602 mains (on stands), CC2 center, Ascend CBM-170's as surrounds, and a smaller SVS subwoofer. Used for 50/50 music/movies.

Flaws in the current system:
1. My wife thinks the speakers are too large and noticeable (all black in an all-white room).
2. There are windows on either side of the TV, so the speakers are either right next to the TV (too close for stereo imaging) or in the corners... behind some chairs.

I'm hoping to find some svelte speakers that sound on-par with my current setup. Wall-mounting is a plus, and getting them in white (to match the walls) is also a plus. The room is on the large side3500 cubic feet with lots of reflective surfaces. I bought most of the speakers used for around $1000 total, so my wife thinks that should be our budget.

Does anybody have any suggestions? My local dealer carries Paradigm and Definitive, and he recommended the Cinema 220s/330s and the ProCinema speakers; would these be good options?
The ProMonitor 800 for front and rear and a ProMonitor 1000 for a center from Def Tech come in white and should be in your price range.
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that's why I like girlfriends, they can leave if they don't like my speakers
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If you will not paint the room, when your wife goes out shopping - and if you
like the Ascend sound, then the HTM-200 is an option in pearl white.
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...00/htm200.html
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...m200finop.html

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There are two things:

1. Placing TV between two windows is a bad idea. It will always look too dark at day time. If TV is plasma, this is even worse as they have lower brightness than LCD.

2. Black speakers should look in place if all room is done in black and white (like white walls and black/chrome/glass furniture). This is usually assumes contemporary urban design style.

Do not try to hide speakers - make them part of overall design like any other piece of furniture. But you may have to re-think the layout of your room for that purpose.
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There are two things:

1. Placing TV between two windows is a bad idea. It will always look too dark at day time. If TV is plasma, this is even worse as they have lower brightness than LCD.

2. Black speakers should look in place if all room is done in black and white (like white walls and black/chrome/glass furniture). This is usually assumes contemporary urban design style.

Do not try to hide speakers - make them part of overall design like any other piece of furniture. But you may have to re-think the layout of your room for that purpose.

Ap1 is right....TV between two windows a bad idea IF you have an alternative. If not, it is what it is.

I've mentioned this before but most men want a home theater system in their living room while most women want a living room with a home theater system in it. It's always important to blend aesthetics when combining two features.

On the other hand, I'm the kind of guy who has to introduce my speakers to a woman to see whether they approve of her or not.

Ditto on Z's HTM-200. Good call.

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Might as well get a soundbar and a small sub. Put the existing speakers in a room or basement setup for music.
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Might as well get a soundbar and a small sub. Put the existing speakers in a room or basement setup for music.

+1. That room doesn't sound like it would be good acoustically anyway.

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