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post #1 of 6 Old 12-27-2011, 08:39 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi all,

I'm trying to add some surround speakers to my setup on a budget and needed some advice. My room is fairly small (guessing about 15'x15'). I have connected neighbors on each side, so I'll never be blaring this thing. I use it for both movies and music. This is my den, not a dedicated home theater room, so I can't move furniture to ideal locations, and I'd prefer for my surround speakers to be as least noticeable as possible.

Denon AVR-2112ci (iPad AirPlay music)
DirecTV satellite box (TV)
PS3 (movies and games)

I currently have 2 floor speakers (Pioneer SP-FS51-LR) and a center (not sure but it's an Infinity and looks a lot like the PC251BK). No sub as they are expensive and I don't want to irritate my neighbors. No surrounds but that's what I'd like to add. The idea is just to pick up some of those fun background sounds in movies and games, doesn't have to be spectacular.

I have NO idea where to start. bookshelves vs satellites? are there wireless surrounds reasonably priced? Am I stupid to add surround speakers with my already ragtag setup? Should I buy used or new? Can I do this for under $300?

Thanks everyone in advance for your help.
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If you like your Pioneers, for $285, you could buy the entire Pioneer set from BestBuy. Leave the new SP-FS51-LRs in the box and sell them and your Infinity center on Craigslist. That would give you an entire matching set

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Thanks,

Would it be better to spend $300 on just some nicer surrounds, and then kinda upgrade the others as I go. I feel like the Pioneers are pretty much bottom rung speakers (and they are ugly). Also those surrounds are pretty bulky, I wouldn't mind something a little less noticeable.
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Surrounds mainly just fill in for HT, and they are less important than the rest of yours system. Since you already have a mis-matched setup, if you can move the Pioneers to the rear as surrounds, then considering upgrading to new front L/R speakers instead of surrounds.

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I think you should consider a nice soundbar like this:

Front channels:
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-42 ($449-used but great looking condition)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Definitive-T...6074%26ps%3D54

Rear channels that should matchup great and sound like a theater should sound ($250):
http://www.amazon.com/Mirage-Os3-Sat.../dp/B001GZ3G86

The white colored surround speakers should be able to mount to the wall and dissappear in your room. Another option is to find a white pedastal to mount the surround speaker on. Or build a small white shelf on the wall to place it on. Anyway you go, this is a small, highly effective surround speaker using an omnipolar dispersion design that makes it in my opinion the best available surround speaker for the mass market.
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Buy a pair of the Infinity towers to match your center. Then move your
Pioneer towers to the rear - then try to sell them, and buy some new
surrounds from the money.
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_108P252...nfinity+primus

Surround option
Boston
http://www.bostonacoustics.com/Sound...shed-P518.aspx

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