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My brother needs (according to me) a 5.1 speaker setup for his media room. I am giving him my Denon 1709, so he is set with that. I know this sounds like a stretch, but I thought if anyone could find something in that price range you guys/gals could.

I was thinking this:
http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354214917&sr=8-1&keywords=energy+speakers

I love my energy speakers, mine are a couple notches up from these, but figured they might do the trick. I have no idea about the sub though.

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The energy take classic is definately a small room set up only! I might consider that for a 12x15 bedroom...
However, for a larger room, you want speakers with larger than 3 inch drivers...atleast in the front stage.
However, there are a very limited number of options that will get you decent sized speakers in a 5.1 for 500 dollars. Maybe the energy takes are step 1, then later add a couple full range fronts with center...

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What about the mirage 5.1?
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Both systems are good from what people say (I have not heard either!).
The mirage 5.1 has small drivers just like the Energy take classic series...

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
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I thought with the design of the mirage if you wanted smaller speakers in small to medium size room it was supposed to fill a little better. Ive not heard them just what ive read here and there? I too have been looking at the mirage and energy 5.1 and JBL 300. Still undecided myself...
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Thoughts greatly appreciated.
I would take a good look at this Acoustic Energy set from AC4L, bigger drivers
and what looks to be a seriously built and heavy for the size subwoofer. >>>
Use to list for around $2000 > and is on close-out pricing >> Plus the 30% off
Holiday price, puts it under $500 - the price will reflect in the cart.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/brand/ACOUSTIC+ENERGY/results/1.html

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You can wait for the Energy CB-5s to go on sale for $99/pair and get 6 of them. BB just had them on sale. Vanns will at some point as they always seem to.
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If Mirage makes that claim, I would like to see some physics/measurement to back it. Small driver are only capable of moving so much air and the mirage driver is even smaller than the ones in the Energy Takes- obviously, cabinet design can make SOME difference.

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You can wait for the Energy CB-5s to go on sale for $99/pair and get 6 of them. BB just had them on sale. Vanns will at some point as they always seem to.

You think this would sound better than one of the pre setup systems? Can I get a sub for < $200? (after tax the other setup will be $321.50).
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treepop -- where do you live? If you are in the vicinity of a Fry's they have awesome deals right now on Infinity Primus speakers.

the CB-5's (and the Infinity Primus) would be a step up in sound quality because they are physically larger speakers. A lot depends on how much of an "audiophile" you think your bro is -- if he'd rather have small speakers for aesthetics at the expense of a little oomph, then either the Energy or Mirage mini sub/sat setups will work fine.

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I would recommend the Pioneer series designed by Andrew Jones. For the cheapest, get the SP-BS21 bookshelf speakers all around, or pair with the dedicated center (sp-cs21). Newegg has occasional sales on these, sometimes down to $40 for a pair of the BS21. These are highly praised, award winning speakers--do not let the price fool you.
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treepop -- where do you live? If you are in the vicinity of a Fry's they have awesome deals right now on Infinity Primus speakers.
the CB-5's (and the Infinity Primus) would be a step up in sound quality because they are physically larger speakers. A lot depends on how much of an "audiophile" you think your bro is -- if he'd rather have small speakers for aesthetics at the expense of a little oomph, then either the Energy or Mirage mini sub/sat setups will work fine.

Hey batpig. Long time no talk! I live in the Houston area, so there is a Fry's near me. Those infinity primus speakers looks very nice. How do they compare to the Energy C-100's I have?

Thanks all of you for your input. I will be researching all of your recommendations!
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newegg is killing me with these sales on the monitors... I got a baby due in January so I won't be able to crank them and enjoy them enough... but they really need to stop going on sale because it's killing me and I need not to hit buy.

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newegg is killing me with these sales on the monitors... I got a baby due in January so I won't be able to crank them and enjoy them enough... but they really need to stop going on sale because it's killing me and I need not to hit buy.

Yep, the baby comes first. But by the time he/ she reaches about 6 years old you'll be able to do it while they play outside. Something to look foward to. biggrin.gif

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