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post #1 of 4 Old 10-19-2012, 01:23 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm a newb who has been reading this forum till my heads spins. But I think I have it narrowed down. Budget is $1250 for 5.1 (or 7.1, I can always add 2 later) speakers, and $500 or so for AVR (have tentatively decided on TX-NR717, am aware of the Audessy issue). Room is 20 x 16 x 10, use is mainly for movies. So, in no particular order:

1. HSU Hybrid 2, 5.1, $1259.
2. SVS PB12-NSD, SCS-02, SBS-02, 5.1 $1168
3. Rythmyk FV-12, SVS SCS-02, SBS-02, 7.1 $1098
4. Rythmyk FV-12, HSU HC-1, HB1, 5.1 $1086, 7.1 $1236
5. BIC PL-200, PL-26, FH-65B, 5.1 $909, 7.1 $1109
6. BIC PL-200, DV62CLR-S, DV625i, 5.1 $650, 7.1 $870
7. Any mix/mashup of the above.

I remember years ago horn tweeters sounding "harsh", not silky smooth, esp on music. Don't know if it's still a concern.
Can't do in-wall. Don't want towers. My first cut was Onkyo HTIB 9400Thx lol

Thanks in advance for advice.

Edit: Add Outlaw sub if it meets price point?
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Couple thoughts.

The Rythmik FV12 has been out of stock for sometime as it is being redesigned. I am not sure when it will be available again but it may not be an option.

The SVS SCS-02 is a good speaker, but per their website it appears to be discontinued and I am only seeing the center channel for sale?

The Hsu package is a solid option. I really like their products and own one of their subs and have demoed their speakers. That said, I would recommend that you consider this receiver and put the savings towards the 5.1 Hybrid 3 package.

Here is the receiver:
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR1712/DENON-AVR-1712-7.1-A/V-Surround-Receiver/1.html

It will save you roughly $250 and give you Audyssey MultiEQ XT. It is a bargain. I have owned about 6 Onkyo receivers over the past 13 years and this is my first Denon and, while I still like Onkyo, the Denon is a solid brand with nice features.

Another option to consider would be Ascend. 340's for mains and center, and 240's for surrounds. Couple that with a sub like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780078&name=Home-Audio-Speakers

And you will be around $1500 shipped.

These are also on a great sale:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882325059&name=Home-Audio-Speakers

Two pairs (fronts and surrounds) for $400 with this matching center for $359:
http://www.amazon.com/Definitive-Technology-Speaker-Single-Black/dp/B000TD8XCU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1350679370&sr=8-3&keywords=definitive+technology+center

This gives you plenty of budget for a good subwoofer from SVS, Hsu, etc.
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The Hsu tweeters are not harsh, they are not compression drivers which is what is used in most horn designs. I think they are either conventional silk or aluminum tweeters with a horn for controlled directivity. Anyway, it is the compression drivers that give horns their edge, like Klipsch or any live audio speaker, they are very powerful and have a large motor structure that pressurizes a cavity which then has to use a horn to direct that air pressure out of it. The Hsu does not use this, and I'm pretty sure the BIC Acoustechs don't use this either. Anyway, from those setups I would go with the Hsu package myself. It has a great sub and relatively powerful speakers. The BIC package has powerful speakers but only a so-so sub, and the SVS package has a good sub and fairly weak speakers (check out their 82 db sensitivity spec).
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Couple thoughts.
The Rythmik FV12 has been out of stock for sometime as it is being redesigned. I am not sure when it will be available again but it may not be an option.
The SVS SCS-02 is a good speaker, but per their website it appears to be discontinued and I am only seeing the center channel for sale?
The Hsu package is a solid option. I really like their products and own one of their subs and have demoed their speakers. That said, I would recommend that you consider this receiver and put the savings towards the 5.1 Hybrid 3 package.
Here is the receiver:
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR1712/DENON-AVR-1712-7.1-A/V-Surround-Receiver/1.html
It will save you roughly $250 and give you Audyssey MultiEQ XT. It is a bargain. I have owned about 6 Onkyo receivers over the past 13 years and this is my first Denon and, while I still like Onkyo, the Denon is a solid brand with nice features.
Another option to consider would be Ascend. 340's for mains and center, and 240's for surrounds. Couple that with a sub like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780078&name=Home-Audio-Speakers
And you will be around $1500 shipped.
These are also on a great sale:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882325059&name=Home-Audio-Speakers
Two pairs (fronts and surrounds) for $400 with this matching center for $359:
http://www.amazon.com/Definitive-Technology-Speaker-Single-Black/dp/B000TD8XCU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1350679370&sr=8-3&keywords=definitive+technology+center
This gives you plenty of budget for a good subwoofer from SVS, Hsu, etc.

I agree. The Denon is a better choice given is has Audyssey MultiEQ XT. Really can help your speakers sound better. Sub, too.

Any of these speaker choices would be good. Then a 12" ported sub from SVS, HSU, or Outlaw and you should be good to go smile.gif

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