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I started looking into new speakers lately, since I picked up a Yamaha RX-V673. I'm thinking about going in a couple different directions, and need some advice on which KEF (Or other) setup would be the best for my situation. My current setup (listed below) are speakers I bought over the years, and I would finally like to get a matching set. The only thing I can see myself keeping would be the Yamaha Subwoofer, everything else I'll probably sell, or give it to my parents. Thanks in advance!

Current setup:
Front 2x Yamaha NS-555
Back 2x Boston HS40
Center 1x Bose VCS-10
Sub Yamaha YST-SW215

- I usually keep volumes Low to Medium, occasionally going high volume.
- Distance from Fronts to Backs is 11 - 12ft.
- My viewing is 70% gaming, 20% movies, and 10% sports.
** Any experience with Accessories4less? I'm seeing some nice prices on the below options.
**I'm not totally locked in on KEF, it's just something that has caught my eye. I'm open to all options.
##Budget is $1500-2000.

Q500 5.1 Package
Front 2x KEF Q500
Back 2x KEF Q100
Center 1x KEF Q200c
Sub KEF T-2 Subwoofer

or

KEF T Series 205
Front 2x KEF T301
Back 2x KEF T101
Center 1x KEF T301c
Sub KEF T-2 Subwoofer
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AC4L is a good company

I would look at Focal
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/brand/focal/results/1.html

Use the Boston as surrounds

Buy a HSU subwoofer -
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-2mk4.html

Then you may think about selling that Yamaha sub

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Speakers > MB Quart VS05, Boston VS260, Snell K7
Subwoofer > Mordaunt Short Aviano 7
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AC4L is a good company

I would look at Focal
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/brand/focal/results/1.html

Use the Boston as surrounds

Buy a HSU subwoofer -
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-2mk4.html

Then you may think about selling that Yamaha sub

I saw the Focal when browsing through the KEF speakers. How does the Focal compare to the KEF Q500? A4L has them for $379 each. Are the Boston HS40 decent bookshelves? My current setup is pretty much a rag tag setup bought over the past decade.
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I saw the Focal when browsing through the KEF speakers. How does the Focal compare to the KEF Q500? A4L has them for $379 each. Are the Boston HS40 decent bookshelves? My current setup is pretty much a rag tag setup bought over the past decade.

Nothing wrong with buying KEF - it would be a nice step up for you. My preference
would be Focal, Your Boston bookshelves are good enough for surround duty. >>
If you decide on Focal, you can upgrade the Boston later. >> Regardless of what
you buy, I would still look at that HSU subwoofer.

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Nothing wrong with buying KEF - it would be a nice step up for you. My preference
would be Focal, Your Boston bookshelves are good enough for surround duty. >>
If you decide on Focal, you can upgrade the Boston later. >> Regardless of what
you buy, I would still look at that HSU subwoofer.
Focal pair looks like a nice price at A4L.

What would you recommend for back speakers for a 7.1 setup? Thunks for the help!
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Focal pair looks like a nice price at A4L.
What would you recommend for back speakers for a 7.1 setup? Thunks for the help!

I like/prefer that the side and rears be the same speaker - I would look at 2 pairs of the
HTD Level Two speakers for surrounds
http://www.htd.com/Products/level-two-speakers/Level-TWO-Bookshelf-Speakers

However if budget is tight - then buy some Boston Soundware 4.5 speakers from AC4L
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/category/SpkBookshelf/Speakers-Stands/Bookshelf-Speakers/1.html

You can use them as rear surrounds with your Boston speakers - if you need to, based on budget.
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Or just go 5.1 for now - and look at Focal 705V
http://www.dedicatedaudio.com/inc/sdetail/34398

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I'm still undecided on the Front, Center, and Surround. I am however really liking the VTF-2 MK4 Subwoofer, but it seems to be pretty big. The VTF-1 MK4 Subwoofer is smaller, but you seem to get so much more for a little more investment.

Also, what do you think of the other HSU speakers? I'm looking at their packages.
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