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Old 12-28-2012, 02:00 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi all,

I am an audio newbie trying to setup a decent home theater in my basement. I am on a skimpy budget ($1000) for a good audio system (receiver + speakers). I spent $700 ($300 fo Onkyo receiver + $400 for speaker system) but the audio output is very mediocre.

This is my setup today:
Space - 13 ft (width) x 33 ft (length)
Projector - Optoma HD 33
Receiver - Onkyo 7.2 TX-NR515
Audio - Klipsch 500W HD 5.1 (Speaker - 2.5" woofer, 0.75" tweeter for L, c, r and 100W/8" on the sub)

I think these are the problems I am facing:
- The Klipsch speaker set is too small for my 13 x 33 sized room
- The 100W subwoofer is also small for my room. Think I need at least 200W

I am seeking your advice on new/used system that will give me good sound output for $1000 tops (does not include receiver). What options do I have?

If I choose in-wall speakers and sit 25 feet away, will I feel the impact of the Front, Left and Center?

Please let me know! Picture of my setup attached

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Old 12-28-2012, 05:08 PM
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To feel the impact in a room that size, you need a real subwoofer. You could get the hsu hybrid 2 3.1 speaker package deal.. comes with 3 front speakers and a vtf2-mk4 subwoofer.
Hybrid 2 - 3.1 Package in Satin Black for $999 http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hybrid2pkg.html
and for your rears just repurpose your current front right and left klipsch speakers. The hsu also have horn loaded tweeters so it would match the sound pretty well.

Gear list: Main setup - Kef Q900, Svs sb12-nsd subwoofer, onkyo 609 receiver, epson 8350 projector, elitescreens sable 92" screen, mac mini htpc
Bedroom setup: Philharmonic Audio New Philharmonitors, Emerald Physics ep100.2se amplifier, Vi Dac Infinity
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Agree about the sub AND you really need to upgrade your front L/R! Get some speakers with 5-6 inch drivers to really add some dynamic sound to your front stage! And inevitably, then your center channel will be weak. The good news is that the klipsch speakers might be fine for surrounds, for awhile!

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: Philharmonics- BMR in a 2.0 system, music only
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