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Hi,

My dad wants a complete 5.1 home theater system (speakers, receiver, sub)
He wants to spend around 1500 euro.
He was looking into complete systems from h&k, bose, pioneer,.. but i allways tought is was better to put a system together with different brand of speakers and a good receiver and sub?
And is bose really that bad as some of you say?
So my question is, can you put together a decent setup for that price?
All opinions are welcome.
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Where in Europe are you?

Are there size constraints on speakers?

What is the room like?

Is it for HT only, or music as well?

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Im in belgium

Size doesnt really mather i think aslong as it sounds good i guess

Im sitting about 4-5 meter from my tv

80% HT 20% music i would say.
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anyone?
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I think that for home theater, you can't beat the Chase Home Theater SHO-10's. They should fit within your budget just fine. I would look into possibly getting a used receiver and sub from ebay. I have always been a fan of Denon receivers and possibly a sub from either HSU Research, SVS, Elemental Designs, or even Chase as they also have great subs as well as the very highly regarded SHO-10's.
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Bose does a couple things really well: 1. Simple systems that are easy to set up 2. most of their systems are small and blend into the decor.
If you want systems that sound good, then "other than" Bose is your best option...as to what system to put together, well you will get about 50 different opinions on the best system for limited dollars/euros. it is hard to make recommendations not knowing what is available locally or can ship to Belgium.

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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anyone?

So far, what have you found locally as pretty much any set of speakers, amplifier and processor will get you started.

As far as different brands, one wants their front three to match as close as possible because of wanting a "Timbre" match.

One will also want/need a sub to compliment the front three. My opinion, the most important speaker in a system is the center channel as that's where 90% of the dialogue is reproduced. The second most important Home Theater sound feature is the sub as that lends dynamics to the overall sound track; impact. This is where one should start as the rear surrounds are not as important as the front three plus sub. Later, one can add an every so important second sub and complete the speaker set with a pair of rear surrounds. Agreeing with Elihawk when I post, first, it's always helpful to answer/discuss the question surrounding what have you or your dad found locally and at what price did either of you find the speakers?

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Im in belgium
Size doesnt really mather i think aslong as it sounds good i guess
Im sitting about 4-5 meter from my tv
80% HT 20% music i would say.

4-5 meters away is a good distance from the TV. How big is the room? If a very large room, then avoid the small satellite speaker style sets. Their small drivers only perform well in small and maybe smaller medium sized rooms.

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I think that for home theater, you can't beat the Chase Home Theater SHO-10's. They should fit within your budget just fine. I would look into possibly getting a used receiver and sub from ebay. I have always been a fan of Denon receivers and possibly a sub from either HSU Research, SVS, Elemental Designs, or even Chase as they also have great subs as well as the very highly regarded SHO-10's.

He's in Belgium. Most of what you are recommending is US based, and international shipping will eat his budget alive.

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The room isnt that big.
In the local shops there are brands like bose, harman kardon, b&w, pioneer, yamaha,..
I was thinking about two b&w 683's in the front with a htm61 centre a dali sub and a denon/onkyo receiver.
And later on put something in the back for surround?
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The room isnt that big.
In the local shops there are brands like bose, harman kardon, b&w, pioneer, yamaha,..
I was thinking about two b&w 683's in the front with a htm61 centre a dali sub and a denon/onkyo receiver.
And later on put something in the back for surround?

For a medium room, the B&W 683's and the HTM61 are an excellent match. Receiver wise, the only rub is the amount of power and what's your dad expecting out of the listening experience? I'm a Marantz/Denon kind of consumer, so that's where my experience and recommendations lay. I've had an integrated HK Amp to power a pair of Klipsch bookshelf speakers and can't tell you what I think other than it was there.

As to the receiver, out of familiarity, I'd recommend Marantz, Denon or a Pre/Pro with a five channel Amp. Price wise, separates are about thirty percent more but going with separates brings versatility with the only downside I know of being, you need a boatload of interconnects between the pre/pro and the amplifier. As always, it's all about money and in real terms, how deep are one's pockets.

I might also add that buying a receiver with Audyssey MultiEQ XT attached is a huge sonic plus.
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I recently upgraded my home theater to a Denon 3312 amp with definitive speakers and I couldnt be happier.
I would defiantly go with the denon amplifier, it does everything well.
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