First of all, I'd like to say I'm new to the forums and audio setup in general so I want to thank you all ahead of time for helping me out with this.
I just moved to a condo and am looking to buy a new audio system. I've never purchased an audio system before. I really don't care so much for home theatre, but if it's gonna be included anyways, then why not. Instead, I want to put more emphasis on audio quality and for party/gatherings with emphasis on music; I'm open to any kind of music, but would probably play a lot of hip-hop, house, electro, some dubstep music for the parties. I don't plan to play it loud often, but occasionally once a month or so, when I throw parties, I'd like to be able to produce awesome sound.
Here is my set up so far with the furniture:
Layout Description: Living room. At the top is a baby-grand piano. On the left is where the TV will be mounted. The boxes are the Tower Speakers I had in mind. The subwoofer would go at the top corner where the piano is.Requirements:
-2 Floorstanding or 2 Bookshelf Speakers
-1 Center Speaker
-1 Outdoor/balcony speaker, synced with the receiver and the main living room speakers
-Pick the best receiver for the multi-zone set up, and/or use AppleTV/AirPlay Routers
-Optional - 2 Rear SpeakersBedroom
-2.1 GLA-55 Speakers + Subwoofer
-Ability to sync the same music with the living room speakersSetup Questions:
There are may questions - sorry! But feel free to answer 1 or more, not all at once. Thanks!
1) Is this proper location for the 2 tower speakers and the subwoofer?
2) Where should I put the center speaker?
3) I'm leaning towards Tower/Floorstanding speakers instead of bookshelf speakers? Is there any reason why I should get the Bookshelf speakers instead?
4) Do I absolutely NEED Rear speakers? Can I avoid buying them? Will the 2 floor standing, center speaker, and subwoofer be enough, or am I missing the "completeness" of the system?
5) How can I sync the outdoor speaker with the indoor living room speakers, while having the option to turn off the 2 "zones" as I wish?
6) How can I sync the bedroom 2.1 speaker set up with the living room set up, while being able to play the 2 zones individually as well? Should I get 2 AppleTV's/AirPort Extreme? Or should I do this through a "multi-zone" receiver?
7) If I have a 12" subwoofer in the living room for the floorstanding and center (and possibly rear) speakers, would it suffice to get a 10" subwoofer for the bedroom - with the Harman GLA-55's? Or is there a huge difference between the 10"s and the 12"s and I would benefit with a 12" with the GLA-55 as well?
8) Which Receiver would work best for this multi-zone set up? Would I be able to connect my bedroom speakers to the same living room receiver, or would it be simpler to just use the AirPort extreme separately?Product Selection:
I get a bulk discount at this store so ideally, I'd like to stick with these brands - I picked out Polk, Klipsch, and Boston Acoustics products. I ignored JBL, Jamo, and Infinity/Harman to save time. But, if one of these brands are worth checking out, please let me know. I'd like to keep my budget between $1,000-$1,500, but can push up to $2,000, if it's one of those "MUST HAVE" products. I apologize for the large list, but I wanted to make sure to include everything. Are any of these just "Really Good Deals" or any that you would recommend for my set up, and my desire to have awesome audio quality? Or, would you recommend other brands that may have similar price ranges?Tower/Floor-standing Speakers
Polk RTI A7 Series Tower Speaker - $300
RTi A5 Series Tower Speaker - $240
Polk Tsi 500 Series Tower Speaker - $230
Tsi 400 Series Tower Speaker - $175
Tsi 300 Series Tower Speaker - $120
Polk R 300 Series Tower Speaker - $100
Klipsch F-30 Synergy Floor-Standing Speaker - $250
F-20 Synergy Floor-Standing Speaker - $190
F-10 Synergy Floor-Standing Speaker - $150
Klipsch RF-62 II Reference II Series Dual 6.5" Cerametallic™ Woofer Floor-Standing Speaker - $230
RF-42 II Reference II Series Dual 4.5" Cerametallic™ Woofer Floor-Standing Speaker - $145
Boston Acoustics A360 6.5" 2-way Floorstanding Speaker - $200
A250 5.25" 2-way Floorstanding Speaker - $150
Polk RTi A3 Bookshelf Speaker - $240
RTi A1 Bookshelf Speaker - $195
Polk Tsi 200 Black Series Bookshelf - $185
Tsi 100 Black Series Bookshelf - $125
Polk R 150 Series Bookshelf - $45
Klispch RB-61 II Reference II Series 6.5" Cerametallic Woofer Bookshelf - $265
RB-81 II Reference II Series 8" Cerametallic Woofer Bookshelf - $210
RB-51 II Reference II Series 5.25" Cerametallic Woofer Bookshelf - $210
RB-41 II Reference II Series 5.25" Cerametallic Woofer Bookshelf - $140
Boston Acoustics A25 5.25" Bookshelf - $75
Polk CS 20 Series Center Channel Speaker - $180
CS 10 Series Center Channel Speaker - $110
Polk TL1 Blackstone Series Center Speaker - $50
Polk CS R Center Channel Speaker - $70
Klipsch C-20 Synergy Center Channel Speaker - $150
Klipsch RC-52 II Reference Dual 5.25" Cerametallic Woofer Center - $175
RC-42 II Reference Dual 4" Cerametallic Woofer Center - $120
Boston Acoustics A225C Dual 5.25" 2-Way Center Channel - $125
Polk 12" DSW Pro Series Wireless Ready 500 Watt - $380
Polk 12" PSW Series Subwoofer 150 Watt - $200
Klipsch KW-120-THX 12" THX Ultra2 Subwoofer - $600
Klipsch SW-112 12" - $310
Onkyo TX-8255 50-Watt Stereo Receiver - $162
TX-8050 80-Watt Stereo Network Receiver - $280
Onkyo TX-SR313B 5.1 Channel A/V Surround - $230
Onkyo TX-NR414B 5.1 Channel Surround with Zone 2 Line Out - $313
Pioneer VSX-522 5.1 Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver - $185
VSX-822 5.1 Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver - $275
VSX-1022 7.1 Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver - $310
Yamaha RX-v373BL 5.1 Channel 3D Ready - $185
RX-V573BL 7.1 CH Network 115W, Cinema, Airplay - $330
Denon AVR-1513 5.1 Channel HT Receiver - $210
AVR-1613 5.1 Channel HT System W/ Airplay - $310
AVR-1713 5.1 Channel HT System W/ Airplay - $350
Harman Kardon HK 3390 2 x 80-Watt Stereo Receiver - $220
HK 3490 2 x 120-Watt Stereo Receiver - $282
Harman Kardon AVR 1650 5.1 Channel 95 Watts per channel - $300
AVR 1565 5.1 Channel 70 Watts per channel - $260
Thank you again for reading and hopefully posting! My apologies for this long post! I really will appreciate feedback!