I am helping my friend out with a new system, and he has a $5k total budget
I told him to put $4k into speaker s and the rest into a reciever so he will need to use an all purpose 7.1 avr - I can probably convince him to take 5.1 for right now and add two speakers later
Right now I am trying to find him either used VSA (Von Schweikert) or what else can we look at in this price range, it has been awhile since I have looked at anything
I also liked the Usher look, not sure what they are makign anymore
I was thinking about the Sierra 1's for him along with the matched center channel and tweeter upgrades in each unit
then doing the CMB 170's x4 for the rears and the 7.1 channel as well
For the sub I was thinking about this one for him: RYTHMIK D15 SE 15" DOWN-FIRING SERVO SUB... - I like the downfiring sub best, but not sure if that is best with these subs
All that along with mounting brackets and stands will keep him right under $4k which leaves him some room for an AVR
Is there anything else that is going to compare to these at that price point?
Tekton Pendragon (Just won tons of awards)
Axiom Home Theater
Sulk Song Towers (more music than HT though...at least my 2 cents)
SVS Tower Speakers
PSA (Power Sound Audio)
For less money...but still great sound:
HTD Level 3
HSU Bookshelf are highly rated
Since you specifically are aiming for HT:
Klipsch Referance and Paradigm Studio cant be ignored at all
There are of corse 100's more I didn't mention because I didn't like them or don't know them... B&W, KEF, Focal, Energy, ML
These are just the ones I am looking at in my search... I am sure there are tons of others out there I have not mentioned.
The entire budget has to be 5k or less, including an AVR
spending 80% of the budget on subwoofers is not an option, one subwoofer is sufficent
E55ti towers 795.00
E55Wi 500x 2 pairs
EMP tek total = 2245.00
SVS total = 1400.00
Denon total = 1200.00
Give you a little left over to start saving for a oppo bdp-103 to top the system off.
If he can go for a 3.1 system start looking at Kef R series, and or Salk song towers with RAAL tweeters and a good sub.
EMP tek 5.1 theater setup, Marantz SR6006, Oppo BDP-95
Salk Songtowers, Emotiva XPA-2, ERC-1.
This is a horrible hobby!! My wallet hates me, takes up to much space, neighbors want me to move, but man my house sounds amazing!
Can't coment on the EMP...have not heard them...would love to if anyone in the Philly Burbs wants to invite me over.
I did hear the Sonus Faber Vener today... I honestly can say they were awesome and fit within your budget. As with all things related to sound ...go listen and decided for yourself.
In addition, being from an Italian brand...they should pass the wife test. Just google image them.
From my research..and take it from what is worth... (This is ONLY for HT comparison....this changes if you are looking at music)
500-900 best bang is HSU
900-1400 throw up between PSA and Rythmik (I would give the slight nod to Rythmik but really 50/50 even race again..IMO)
SVS is awesome but seem to be about 15% more than HSU, PSA and Rythmik when you try to compare apples to apples (which is not really apples to apples but fairly close)
SVS does have some unique offerings though and there is absolutely nothing against SVS... In f
The sonus look sharp, the 2.5 are $2500? What do the center and rears run...seems like that will be over budget, unless the bookshelf are what your talking about
Another option would be Aperion Versus Forte towers, center and bookshelves for $2300, plus the same Emotiva setup and a Hsu VTF-15H at $1000. Total is $4800.
Of course you could save money by going with a standard AVR like a Marantz SR6007 ($1200), H/K AVR3600/3650 ($1000), Denon AVR-3313 ($1200) or a Pioneer Elite or Onkyo model in the $800-$1200 range.
HD-DVD: 55 / Blu-ray: 83
newest: Brotherhood of the Wolf / Battlestar Galactica (series), TDKR Part 2, Ip Man 2
AVR: Marantz SR6006
F/C/R: Polk RTi A9's / CSi A6 / Speakercraft AIMWIDE 3
Sub: SVS PB12-NSD
Samsung PN58C8000 Samsung BD-P2550, Toshiba HD-A30, SA 8240HDC, Xbox360 Elite, PS3, WDTV Live
Open floor plan? I would urge you to go for a dual sub setup in that case, seriously. This isn't about rocking the house, its about having the bass heard evenly over all your listening positions and not wonky where it is too strong at one spot and near silent in another. You won't want weak subs either. I would be looking at dual Rythmik FV15s, dual Hsu VTF15h subs, or dual PSA XS30s. Do not place the subs right next to each other, use guidelines for multisub placement. For this setup, go for bookshelf speakers, you won't need the bass extension of tower speakers at all in a multisub setup. For speakers in this price range, I would be looking at KEF Q300s, Ascend Sierras, or NHT Classic Threes, each with their matching center speakers. Don't spend as much on the surrounds as the front stage. For surrounds, I would be looking at HTD Level Three bookshelf speakers, Ascend CBM170s, Hsu Research HB-1 mk2s, Infinity Primus p163s and bookshelf speakers along those lines.