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Hello Folks. Very long time lurker, but finally buying 5.1 system, and ready to ask questions. Home theater area is about 14' L X 10 ( living room that opens to kitchen). I ordered take energy 5 speaker (recent newegg deal) and was gonna buy a dayton sub or a Vic V-80 (also craigslist -new in box $80, maybe less ). I was also gonna buy a $200 (maxish) 5.1 AVR (like denon or pioneer?).

I originally thought pioneer sp-bs21 speakers were too large, but I realize I do have room for them , and want best sound possible. Speakers will be stand mounted, as can't hang things (Apt complex ).

So I wanted to get opinions on these "Craigslist Deals" vs Take Energy speakers and $100 sub for a decent/budget system.

On Craigslist, I have Pioneer SP-BS21(x2)+SP-C21 for about 50$. Sounds like a good deal, as just sp-c21 is that on NewEgg and bs21 are 80? I would need to buy another 2 speakers, but 3.1 is fine until find a deal on two more speakers. Also need sub?

Another "deal", is a complete 3.1 home theater system for $400. The speakers are center Paradigm CC-370, plus two Focus L/R , and a Velodyne Sub (model unknown right now). Also, including Denon avr-1912 receiver. Their asking $400, but I am good at haggling, so would be lower :-). Again, have to buy 2 more speakers? Big issue to mix and match speakers?? See another deal for Vic DV62si (x2) for $50? or use the sp21 speakers??

I see that Denon 1912 is last year model, but highly rated, and meets my needs (plays sound, hdmi, airplay-many apple products). The Velodyne sub and paradigm speakers are also quality brands.

I am new to audio/speaker stuff, but work in IT for living (background info).

Appreciate any and all help/opinions. Thank you.
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If you can afford it, I would recommend the BIC F12 sub for $200 dollars. The Energy 5.0 set up is only $129.99 at newegg.com that would set up back $339.99, which does not include taxes nor shipping. Then I would recommend for you to look at accessories4less.com for a refurbished unit to save some $$$.

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Thanks Gus for the advise. i am checking website and see good deals on denon receivers.

I already bought 5CH Energy speakers (newegg- being delivered today). Hear good things about them. My question to you is really need such a big/powerful sub for small speakers . What am I missing if go with smaller sub??

I could afford it, but I like smaller things ((40lbs vs 20ish for others), but with performance (ie macbook air vs macbook pro ).

What about the pioneer sp- (bigger, better accordingly to reviews)??
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Thanks Gus for the advise. i am checking website and see good deals on denon receivers.
I already bought 5CH Energy speakers (newegg- being delivered today). Hear good things about them. My question to you is really need such a big/powerful sub for small speakers . What am I missing if go with smaller sub??
I could afford it, but I like smaller things ((40lbs vs 20ish for others), but with performance (ie macbook air vs macbook pro ).
What about the pioneer sp- (bigger, better accordingly to reviews)??

In my personal opinion, you are better off buying a bigger and more powerful sub than buying a smaller less powerful sub for the same price. I would not recommend the Pioneer or Polk subs. If you want to go smaller, I would recommend the Klipsch 10" sub.

This is $300.00 compare to BIC F12 $200.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780012

This one has good reviews Martin Logan, which is on sale for $129.99 8" sub.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882981005

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Okay, I see good price on Bic F12 and read lots of reviews and seems like good long term buy. Will order one. I am still second guessing myself about the Take 5 speakers, thinking for same/close price I can get pioneer sb21/c21 5 system and have better sound. I have the Energy speakers in hand, but still tempted by Pioneer :-(.

Thanks for all the information Gus.
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i have both the takes and the pioneers. i like the pioneers better. i get more fuller sound from them.

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Okay, I see good price on Bic F12 and read lots of reviews and seems like good long term buy. Will order one. I am still second guessing myself about the Take 5 speakers, thinking for same/close price I can get pioneer sb21/c21 5 system and have better sound. I have the Energy speakers in hand, but still tempted by Pioneer :-(.
Thanks for all the information Gus.

For your room size both set ups would be fine. The Pioneers sound pretty good, I've got 2 BS21. However, they Pioneers are pretty bulky/big.

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The Paradigm Focus, would have been nice - and the BS21 is not a wimp.

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