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Just ordered Denon avr-1912 7.1. Need any suggestions for 5.1 speakers for my 12x12 room. Under $500 would be nice. I looked at (Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black) on Amazon for $399. I also see other packages on web. What do you guys think. John
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do yourself a favor and get some "good" bookshelf speakers and a "good"sub. even if you have to start with 2.0 or 2.1 set up and then build up. it will sound better than 5 little speakers and a boom box .just my 2 cents

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I see people on here all the time saying they want to dump those speakers and get something decent.

I suggest you stay clear of all "package" speakers and get something decent to start with. All of those "packages" come with pathetic little inadequate subwoofers and lousy little mini-speakers, which just end up being money wasted when you decide that they are pretty poor (which won't take long).

Try this:

Four Polk Monitor 30 speakers for $230 and a Polk CS10 center speaker for $122, plus a Sony SA-W3000 subwoofer for $130. That is a good start for under $500.

That subwoofer is not the greatest, but the cheapest GOOD subwoofer IMO, at the moment, would be the Polk PSW505 for $280.

By all means, spend the extra $150 and get the better subwoofer if you have the moola. Otherwise, go with the Sony and save up.



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Just ordered Denon avr-1912 7.1. Need any suggestions for 5.1 speakers for my 12x12 room. Under $500 would be nice. I looked at (Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black) on Amazon for $399. I also see other packages on web. What do you guys think. John

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Just ordered Denon avr-1912 7.1. Need any suggestions for 5.1 speakers for my 12x12 room. Under $500 would be nice. I looked at (Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black) on Amazon for $399. I also see other packages on web. What do you guys think. John

Plus 2. A great idea! You won't regret this advice and you can build a quality sounding A/V system without to much of the "upgradeitis" that gets a hold of us from time to time.

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The Energy Take Classics are good speakers for people who have a small room like yours and need the small size of the Take Classics. However, regular bookshelf speakers, like the Polk Monitors mentioned above, offer a more full range sound and can be a better choice if you have room for them.

The other disadvantage of the Take Classic set you are looking at is the subwoofer. It's really designed to make up for the mid-bass that those small satellites are missing, and it will not contribute to an HT setup the way that a more full sized subwoofer with the Polk Monitors would. I would ignore the advice of the Sony subwoofer; they are generally considered to be pretty crappy subs for the money by the sub enthusiasts in the AVS subwoofer forum. You'll want to research in that forum about subs, because even the PSW505 is not necessarily the best choice you can make for around $300 (it was around $200 last Nov/Dec and considered a great buy at that price). There are always great deals coming up. For instance, Newegg has the Klipsch RW-12D on special this weekend for $299, a fantastic HT sub at that price. At $200, a lot of people recommend the BIC F12 for HT.

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I see people on here all the time saying they want to dump those speakers and get something decent.

I suggest you stay clear of all "package" speakers and get something decent to start with. All of those "packages" come with pathetic little inadequate subwoofers and lousy little mini-speakers, which just end up being money wasted when you decide that they are pretty poor (which won't take long).

Try this:

Four Polk Monitor 30 speakers for $230 and a Polk CS10 center speaker for $122, plus a Sony SA-W3000 subwoofer for $130. That is a good start for under $500.

That subwoofer is not the greatest, but the cheapest GOOD subwoofer IMO, at the moment, would be the Polk PSW505 for $280.

By all means, spend the extra $150 and get the better subwoofer if you have the moola. Otherwise, go with the Sony and save up.

Right now you could get the CS1 and two pair of cherry 30's for $280.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=Polk%20Audio

Then a BIC F12. Most people on this forum would recommend it over the Sony.

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1.../dp/B0015A8Y5M

If you have a Chase card with rewards, register it for this quarter and you will get 5% cashback at Amazon.

Hey, not a lot but it helps pay for speaker wire.

All this is under $500.
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Right now you could get the CS1 and a pair of cherry 30's for $280.

Is that a typo? One pair of Monitor 30s and a CS1 is a terrible deal for $280!

You could get a CS1 for $60 using the promo code EMCNJJA32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290210

And you could get Monitor 40's for $120/pr using the promo code EMCNJJA29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290202

That would be 5 speakers for $300, much better than a pair or Monitor 30's and a CS1 for $280.

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Is that a typo? One pair of Monitor 30s and a CS1 is a terrible deal for $280!

You could get a CS1 for $60 using the promo code EMCNJJA32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290210

And you could get Monitor 40's for $120/pr using the promo code EMCNJJA29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290202

That would be 5 speakers for $300, much better than a pair or Monitor 30's and a CS1 for $280.

Thanks for pointing out the error of your ways.
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Thanks for pointing out the error of your ways.

You're welcome!

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Thanks guys for agreeing. I respect your suggestions. I will order four Monitor 40's and one CS1. I have an opportunity for a free old cambridge soundworks 250 watt subwoofer. Should I try it out with these new speakers or buy new?
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Ordered four monitor 40s and one CSI. Want to go for subwoofer, what's a simple choice. Any ideas appreciated. John
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The BIC F12 for around $180 is a great deal. I've been using that sub for around 6 months now and I'm still in love with it.

As for the other speakers.. great choice. It's pretty much the setup I'll be going with, only difference is I'll run monitor 30's in the rear.

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Okay I needed ideas and I will complete my system. Thanks.
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I own a pair of Polk M40s and this is one very good speaker for the dollar! In a small room, sounds very good!

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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