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post #1 of 14 Old 12-20-2012, 06:39 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey Everyone,

I have been reading threads for days now to help decide what speakers I should look at and I'm just not getting anywhere. So many options. So I'm coming for help. I'm open to suggestions from anyone willing to help, but also if anyone has a similar setup for the same price range, that would be helpful to know about!

Here is my current setup:

Denon 3312CI - Receiver
Klipsch RW-12D - Sub
Athena AS-F1.2 - Fronts
Athena AS-C1 - Center
Athena AS-R1.2 - Surrounds

The 3312CI and RW-12D are new and now I'm looking to replace the Athenas. I can spend about $2000. I have a room that's 18x20 and opens to a breakfast nook. It's for about 40% music, 40% movies and 20% TV. Unfortunately here in Lexington there aren't any good places to go listen to speakers. I tried at Best Buy a few times, but I couldn't get a single person to help me so I could listen. So all I have to go on is advice from you experts:-) Right now I'm just looking for Fronts, Centers and Surrounds like I have now. So my final will be 5.1. With a good sub, do I need towers? Is my sub good enough not to need towers? I'm fine getting towers, I like the look of them, so all recommendations are welcome. Also, is $2000 enough or should I wait a few months and increase that?

I was looking at maybe Polk RTI 12 and whatever would go well as a Center and Surrounds. However, I think I have more room in my budget than that and I have no clue how much better than my Athenas those are. I'm guessing quite a bit. I read that there are lots of options with more bang for your buck than the Polks, so I'm very interested to hear about them:-)

Please help me with any recommendations, it will really be appreciated!!!

Thanks in advance!!
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I'm biased because it's what I'm currently running:

Front L/R: DefTech StudioMonitor 65 ($900 pair)
Center: DefTech Mythos 10 ($900 each)
Surround: DefTech Gem XL ($700 pair)

That's about $2800 (with stands), a modest amount for truly excellent sound and looks. I also have the Denon 3312 receiver. As an alternate set, I'd recommend the HSU Ultra 15 5.1 system with black-satin finish, which includes a top-notch sub, for about $1900.
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Thanks! I'm happy for biased opinions:-)
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Personally: I'd ignore replacing the surrounds in the short term. How do you like your bass? If you are good with it: I'd think about blowing the whole $2k on the best L/R I could get and running the center phantom (likely Salk SongTowers: Which do have a return policy (for the stock finish) if you don't like them.

Indeed: many of the direct-order brands have in-home audition policies.

If you don't like your bass: they I'd expect $500-$1k is heading to subs. That has an adverse impact on your upgrade. For even the three fronts it starts to push you more towards Infinity, Pioneer, and the like (in which there are some excellent speakers).
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I like the base, but this is the first time I've had a sub. We were in an apartment before and just moved into the house where we can actually use it:-) It's starting to sound like my sub is too weak. I have until 1/31 to return it. So maybe I need to do Fronts, Center and Sub and wait on the surrounds. The sub was only $300.00, so my budget would be $2300 for the two fronts and Center. Which sub would you recommend to replace it and how much of that $2300 should go to sub vs the others?

Thanks for all the help!!
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Focal - new in the box
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/brand/focal/results/1.html

HSU Subwoofer
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-15h.html

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So I found a place where I could listen to the Focals and they sounded amazing!! However, they made me wonder, if a $700 pair of Fronts could sound this good, what would something that's like $2200 a pair sound like. So I'm considering the PSB Imagine T's. My question is, if I go with those PSB Imagine T's, will that HSU VTF-15H suffice or is it going to be way under powered and I need to get something better?

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So I found a place where I could listen to the Focals and they sounded amazing!! However, they made me wonder, if a $700 pair of Fronts could sound this good, what would something that's like $2200 a pair sound like. So I'm considering the PSB Imagine T's. My question is, if I go with those PSB Imagine T's, will that HSU VTF-15H suffice or is it going to be way under powered and I need to get something better?Thanks!

A good pair of boookshelves with the HSU VTF-15H can work.

PSB Imagine is a nice option

However their are some new Focal towers and center, new in the box
and on close-out pricing here.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/brand/focal/results/1.html

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I add the Arx A5 towers to your list. Awesome value and great sounding speaker. http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=arx-a5-floorstanding-loudspeaker&products_id=227&

I've been extremely happy with them. The A2b center should be available in the next few weeks.
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Thanks, I'm considering those or deciding if I should increase my budget and go up a level or two. What budget do you think I would need to look at to out do those 814V's? BTW, I heard them and they are quite impressive and in a very lousy listening environment.
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So I found a place where I could listen to the Focals and they sounded amazing!! However, they made me wonder, if a $700 pair of Fronts could sound this good, what would something that's like $2200 a pair sound like. So I'm considering the PSB Imagine T's. My question is, if I go with those PSB Imagine T's, will that HSU VTF-15H suffice or is it going to be way under powered and I need to get something better?
Thanks!


http://www.saturdayaudio.com/ Try this price
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Well, so much for sticking to my budget:-) I ended up going with the Focal 826W's as my fronts, the 800v as the Center and the HSU VT-15H Sub. I'll leave the old surrounds in place for the time being. It all arrives next week:-) Thanks for the help!
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How much did the Focal 826W's cost you?
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They were $2600.
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