Join Date: Nov 2006
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I've searched and while I can only find pieces of info here and there, there really hasn't been a definitive thread that can really help me out. Here's the situation....I currently have a Paradigm 5.1 setup that I've had for 12 years, consisting of 4 Titans v2, a CC-170 and a PDR-10. I'm planning for the home theater I'm building and I'm really stuck as to which direction to go with the setup. I want to move to 7.1 (maybe 7.2) when I finish the HT. The problem is that I've got so many choices that it's a bit overwhelming, so I thought I would throw out a line to see what input the group has. It's gotten me some really good luck in the past!!!
Originally, I had considered going in-wall because of all the glowing reviews I've read of the Monoprice speakers, but I just don't think they'd hold a candle to "good" speakers. I'm sure they're great for the price, but you get what you pay for, right?
Here are a couple of things I've been considering:
1. Move the Titans to side and back surrounds, sell the center channel and buy new front and center speakers (keeping the sub).
2. Move one pair of Titans to the front, one to the back, and buy a set of dipole speakers for side surrounds.
3. Keep current setup and move all speakers to the front, creating a wider soundstage and just buy new surround speakers.
4. Scrap everything and start over so everything is timbre matched (least desirable from a $$$ standpoint)
The budget really varies, depending on which direction I go in, but since I have to take into account the cost of finishing the rest of the basement, I need to try to get the best bang for the buck.
I've been leaning towards bookshelf speakers, since the room will be about 13x16x8, and I don't think I'd really give floorstanding speakers enough room to stretch their legs. That said, because of the size, the speakers will be in close proximity to walls, so from what I've been researching, I really should stick to the ones that are either sealed or have front ports. Sound about right? Keep in mind that these will almost exclusively be used for movies, and occasionally some Xbox. If you think that a rear port being close to a corner won't impact the sound too much for movies/games, then that opens more possibilities.
So here are my choices that I've come up with. I'm definitely open to suggestions that I have overlooked!
Wharfedale Diamond 9.2 (I see the glowing reviews of the 10.1, but it's a rear port)
Focal Chorus 706v (the only thing that is shocking is how expensive the matching center channel is, comparatively speaking)
Paradigm Titan Monitor v6 (If I can find it since they discontinued it)
Monitor Audio BX2 (The RX look great, but again, rear port)
Axiom Audio M22 (The on-wall version)
Then I would just grab the matching center. Eventually I'll probably pick up another sub, but do you think it would be worth it in the smaller space? The PDR-10 has proven itself to be pretty capable over time!
I really appreciate any feedback!!