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post #1 of 14 Old 09-06-2012, 02:02 PM - Thread Starter
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I live in an apartment an am looking to upgrade from my Panasonic's integrated audio. My wife and I looking for a 2.1 or 3.1 setup that would be good for mainly tv shows and movies, and some music.

So far I have decided on the upcoming Onkyo LS3100 system, and was just going to connect it to my panny with optical, but I'm sure there are better alternatives. The things I do like about the Onkyo is the Bluetooth connectivity and simplicity, especially the wireless sub-woofer. Still, I feel like the system would lack in power.

I'm not against putting together my own system, what would you guys recommend for speakers/receiver for around a total of $700-1000? A center channel is not necessary, but I wanted to have the option (do you think we would benefit from one?) I want the best possible sound for the price, especially for movies. I'm not looking for 5.1, or 7.1

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Are there any speaker size limitations? What is the size of the room?

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The living room is 15' x 13'

I don't want huge speakers.. something like the B&W 685 or smaller.
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The B&W 685's are pretty standard size for bookshelf speakers.

So it looks like you need a receiver plus a 2.1 or 3.1 speaker system?

Cambridge Audio S30 bookshelf and S50 center
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_779S50B/Cambridge-Audio-S50-Black.html?tp=189
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_779S30N/Cambridge-Audio-S30-Noir.html

If out of stock can also be purchased at www.audioadvisor.com for same prices.

Def Tech SM350 or SM450 bookshelf speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882325060
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882325059

Energy RC-10 bookshelf and RC LCR Center
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/item/features/542469405
http://www.meijer.com/s/energy-speaker-systems-rc-lcr-center-speaker/_/R-224354

Then add the budget subwoofer like the Bic F12 or Energy S10.3
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346973545&sr=8-1&keywords=bic+f12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882269026

And you still have $300-$500 for a receiver depending which speakers you purchased. i'm basing this on a $1000 budget.

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Good suggestions. I'm partial to the Energy RC speakers out of those.

I recommend looking at Denon receivers in your budget range as they come with Audyssey MultiEQ or Multi EQ XT room correction software which will automagically EQ the speakers and sub (other room correction software on receivers in your price range generally only EQs the speakers). Be sure to take a look a the Denon XX12 models as they are currently on special because of the new 2013 models.

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Thanks for the replies! I like sticking to the same brand for speakers, check out the setup below.. is this receiver under powered for the setup.. thoughts?

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Energy S10.3 Subwoofer
Energy RC-LCR Center
Energy RC-10 bookshelf speakers
Denon AVR-1613 receiver
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Nope, I have all those speakers with a Denon AVR-591 which has the same power as your 1613. You'll be fine.

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Thanks for the replies! I like sticking to the same brand for speakers, check out the setup below.. is this receiver under powered for the setup.. thoughts?
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Energy S10.3 Subwoofer
Energy RC-LCR Center
Energy RC-10 bookshelf speakers
Denon AVR-1613 receiver

I think you'll love that setup. However, you can get the RC-LCR cheaper through Meijer.

The S10.3 is a great sub at that price. But keep in mind that there is absolutely no audio reason to match the sub brand/series with the rest of the speakers. If you wanted to spend more to get a better sub at a later time, no reason not to do so.

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The links I gave you will give your better pricing on the s10.3 sub and RC LCR. Unless you're addicted to Amazon I suggest you use those links.

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The links I gave you will give your better pricing on the s10.3 sub and RC LCR. Unless you're addicted to Amazon I suggest you use those links.

Ooppss. I missed that you already gave the Meijer link smile.gif

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Thanks for all the responses, would the automatic setup on the denon work with a 3.1 setup?

What are some good speaker stands for the L/R speakers, and a wall mount for the center speaker?

Are there any other subs at the same price that I should consider?

How does this setup compare to something like the Onkyo HT-S9400THX? The Onkyo system is around $300 less, and is THX certified.. what is the difference in sound quality, which is better?

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Audyssey will work on any setup from 2.0 to 7.1

The Energy RC speakers are ALOT better than the Onkyo speakers. Onkyo is not a speaker company, not their expertise.
and that receiver still only uses Audyssey 2EQ which uses less eq filters and doesn't eq the subwoofer.

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I think I'm going to start with a 2.0 setup (two RC-10s), and slowly add on the sub and center.

Should the AVR-1513 work well, are there any others that are comparable?

Will the 2.0 setup be decent for movies and music?

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1612 would be better than 1513 because it has Audyssey MultEQ room calibration.

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