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Speakers > MB Quart VS05, Boston VS260, Snell K7, EOS 150SP
Subwoofer > Mordaunt Short Aviano 7
Receiver > Tascam PAR-200, Pioneer VSX-30
These speakers are great but they are not small.
Marantz 7702 Atmos
3 Inuke NU4-6000 amps for all speakers.
Speakers- 7 Behringer B215XL's, 4 212xl's for ceiling speakers.
subs- SI 18ht x12 IB powered by Inuke 6000.
To the OP,
I would totally suggest the opposite here... get what you WANT to get, size/apartment be damned. Just because you might get "full sized" theater speakers, doesn't mean you need to crack the foundation with them. (I'm speaking as someone who in fact HAS some huge horns (109db/watt) inside an apartment and not a single neighbor has a clue what I have as they never hear it)
I think the logic of buying something small now & upgrading later is purely a waste of money. I bought a pair of LaScalas years ago, stuffed them into my dorm room (along with a pair of Electrovice Interface D's) and got along quite well. They later moved to apartments, condos and now a house.
I never had to do the 'upgrade' game along the way. Try to find your 'final' speakers & buy them right the first time & be done.
No disrespect meant to anyone who holds the opposing viewpoint, just a difference of opinion.
Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: Philharmonics- BMR in a 2.0 system, music only
They are nearly as good as my $5000 Vandersteen 3A speakers I have had for years at my other house (I could not use Vandersteens at this location because of their 16" width).
The thing that is especially amazing is the bass and power they have for their rather small size. I am driving them with a 250-watt Bryston amplifier, and I have not found their acoustic limit yet. They play anything I want at any volume I can tolerate with no distortion. The sound quality is detailed and yet delicate at low volumes, and powerful and articulate at high levels.
Gallo will give you 60 days to return them, and if you should decide to do so, shipping is free both ways.
That is a deal that is hard to refuse; a 60-day free home trial.
I very much doubt if anyone would return them; they are superb.
I have been researching on this for quite some time and just cant decide. I have look into Orb Audio, Mirage, Anthony Gallo, Boston Acoustics and everything in between. I have an apartment but will have a house in about a year so I am not to worried about being to loud. And I do not have to much of a budget and without receiver I was planning to spend about $3-$4k on speakers alone. Any helpful advice would be appreciated
Klipsch RF-62II, RC-500, RS-400, SVS PC12+,
Def Tech SC8000
Harman Kardon AVR 1600
PS3, Apple TV, Sharp 70" Qattron