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post #1 of 9 Old 12-04-2012, 07:47 PM - Thread Starter
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I just bought my first HD tv and was gifted a hand me down receiver (Denon 587). The house has surround wiring run already, but I have never owned speakers to wire up to. The room is 13' deep by 20' wide with the kitchen/breakfast area opening on the opposite side of the room from the TV.

I am open for suggestions on budget, but am trying to lean towards the reasonable end of the spectrum, not the dream set up end.

I am not sure if I should by a set of speakers or piece them together. Are stand alone speakers better than mounting to the wall even though I'm prewired?

I have a swimming pool and would like to have speakers outside too, but not on the initial purchase.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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You're going to need an actual budget. I would put around $2k as a good starting point for a nice 5.1 setup, but you may think that's crazy, so a max $ is needed. Size matters when it comes to speakers (bigger is generally better), and placement is key. Wall mounting is perfectly fine if the placement is right, for most people it isnt, and regular speakers are better. A picture of your room would also help.
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Thanks Jay1,

I didn't imagine that it would be recommended to spend 2k, you are right. smile.gif I guess I expected recommendations to come in under 1k but that was just guessing. Can you explain to me what I would get for that extra 1k? Would I be able to tell the difference between those two price points?
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Rule of thumb...500 dollars gets you a pretty good htib; 1000 dollars get you a budget 5.1 set up; 2000 gets you a pretty decent system....

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub
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Would a non-audiophile be able to tell the difference between the 1k and 2k speakers? Is it something specific like "the 2k speakers will have 24k gold coils" or "instead of plastic housing they are cased in wood" type of thing?
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Under powered receiver needs efficient speakers. Something like this. Maybe able to find cheaper elsewhere....

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-RF-42II-Theater-Bundle-FREE-Acoustech/dp/B005F6OFTQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1354713770&sr=1-6&keywords=klipsch
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At 1000 dollars for a 5.1 set up...you will have pretty limited options, which can sound pretty good. For 2000 dollars, you will have a ton of options and start to get into some good quality stuff...especially if you catch sales!

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub
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The biggest difference between a $1k setup, and a setup pushing toward $2k is the sub. A worthwhile sub (one that can reach 20hz) is going to cost you about $600. This makes a huge difference. The next factor to consider is dynamic range of the speakers, this is the ability to effortlessly get loud. Sure, you can stay close to $1k depending on what speakers you're comfortable with, but size does matter, and large cheap speakers are well, cheaply made. Anyway, here's some rec's

I would try and get a sub like this regardless of the speakers
http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/lfmEX.html

I like these large Ascend monitors the best in this price range for their accuracy, and dynamic capability

http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/cmt340m/cmt340m.html

You would use 3 up front. If possible all would be placed vertically, but you can lay the center horizontally if needed (like most people).

For surrounds
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/cbm170/cbm170.html

The "package" discount would put the 5 speakers at about $1150 shipped


If you want to go with wall mounts, these are about the cheapest ones I can recommend, but they're not going to be as good as the Ascend's

Center
http://www.jr.com/jbl/pe/JBL_LC2_hy_BK/

Mains
http://www.jr.com/jbl/pe/JBL_L820_hy_BK/

Surround
http://www.jr.com/jbl/pe/JBL_L810_hy_BK/
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There are many threads saying "Help - 5.1 for $1000".

Use the Search function and read a few of them.

Generally the answer is something like "BIC F12 and the best 5.0 on sale right now".

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