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I've been lurking on and off these boards for the last couple of days trying to get a handle on a direction to go but haven't come up with anything but a headache. There are just so many choices to choose from. I currently have an old JBL Northridge 5.1 surround setup that iv'e been using for the last 12 years. The sub went out about 8 or 9 years ago (replaced by a 12" powered advent - ASW1200). The rcvr I have is an Onkyo TX SR605 - which has been sketchy at times, but has worked well overall. They're currently in a room that's 20' L X 14' wide that's used everyday. Gaming, movies, etc.. but primarily it's used for viewing regular HD TV Broadcasts.

We're in the middle of remodeling the living room and although these speakers have been good, they're just too big and bulky. I have a 52" LED tv over the fireplace, the two front speakers and the center have been sitting on the mantle for the last 5 years. the rears are on stands. The center is huge.. hangs over the mantle a bit. So I figured now is the time to replace them. I'm looking to spend up to $1000. The plan is to get a new set of speakers, including a sub and if there's enough money left over, a receiver too.

I'm not much of an audiophile, I just need something that'll sound pretty good in the room, small enough to fit on mantle (or maybe standing speakers on the floor) and is of good quality - I tend to keep things for a while, so they'll need to last. Any suggestions will be welcomed.

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Okay, so it sounds like you want bookshelf speakers and ones on the smaller side as well. The Cambridge audio s30/s50 might fit the bill. The s30s can be found for 2-300/pr. Maybe another 2 bills for the s50 center. Find some relatively cheap surround and budget 300 on a sub- the klipsch 12 inch sub would be one option.
Also, hsu has a 5.1 speaker deal for around 900 dollars....
EMPtek also has a very reasonable 5.1 system...
None if those options leaves much cash for a receiver, unless you can find a sale!
Neither option leaves

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Okay, so it sounds like you want bookshelf speakers and ones on the smaller side as well. The Cambridge audio s30/s50 might fit the bill. The s30s can be found for 2-300/pr. Maybe another 2 bills for the s50 center. Find some relatively cheap surround and budget 300 on a sub- the klipsch 12 inch sub would be one option.
Also, hsu has a 5.1 speaker deal for around 900 dollars....
EMPtek also has a very reasonable 5.1 system...
None if those options leaves much cash for a receiver, unless you can find a sale!
Neither option leaves
can i play those speakers on my denon 1612 receiver?

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The Cambridge speakers would work fine, maybe. The S30 is a little small for a front speaker.

If you have room for floorstanding speakers, though, that would give more sound to your room.

I suggest that you consider a pair of Boston Acoustics CS260 floorstanding speakers, which Amazon has at a great price right now; $199 each. They are very good. They are also only 7.6 inches wide, which can fit in easily, The Boston 225C center speaker goes for around $200 also.

Your sub should be fairly good, but for $200 you can get the Polk PSW505, which has considerably more power.
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The Cambridge speakers would work fine, maybe. The S30 is a little small for a front speaker.

If you have room for floorstanding speakers, though, that would give more sound to your room.

I suggest that you consider a pair of Boston Acoustics CS260 floorstanding speakers, which Amazon has at a great price right now; $199 each. They are very good. They are also only 7.6 inches wide, which can fit in easily, The Boston 225C center speaker goes for around $200 also.

Your sub should be fairly good, but for $200 you can get the Polk PSW505, which has considerably more power.
tower will be too big for my space, as of the monent i am running energy takes 5. and i am planning to upgrade my LCR speakers and keep the two energy takes 5 for my surround.

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(2) Energy Veritas 2.0R surrounds
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I see.

Well, another alternative would be to get a pair of the Polk R150 speakers, which are only around $130, and the Polk TL2 center speaker, which is in that same price range.

That should give you considerably more and better sound for under $300 total.
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Okay, so it sounds like you want bookshelf speakers and ones on the smaller side as well. The Cambridge audio s30/s50 might fit the bill. The s30s can be found for 2-300/pr. Maybe another 2 bills for the s50 center. Find some relatively cheap surround and budget 300 on a sub- the klipsch 12 inch sub would be one option.
Also, hsu has a 5.1 speaker deal for around 900 dollars....
EMPtek also has a very reasonable 5.1 system...
None if those options leaves much cash for a receiver, unless you can find a sale!
Neither option leaves

Thanks for responding.. The cambridge look pretty good.. But the Boston Acoustics CS260 towers as mentioned above look like they'd be better. I like the idea of having the speakers off of the mantle. On other parts of this site, i'v'e seen these polk speakers recommended. They look cool and are a little cheaper. My only drawback if it is one, is that i'd have to buy everything separately. What center speaker? and the two rears? There's lots of options for a sub I think I can figure out.

Don't the two fronts, center and rears need to be matched?

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I like the look of this speaker on the wall just below the TV..and keep it off of the mantle. Couldn't find anything from Polk or Cambridge that looked like that.
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can i play those speakers on my denon 1612 receiver?
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the Polk TL2 is NOT the matching center for the Polk R150 speakers....from what I understand that speaker matches the balcstone Polk series.

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the Polk TL2 is NOT the matching center for the Polk R150 speakers....from what I understand that speaker matches the balcstone Polk series.

Well, he knows better than Polk, right? LOL

Polk recommends the CSR for the R150 (click the recommended products tab).

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Based on your initial post is this correct - 1k to spend on 5 speakers and a sub? If so ...

+1 the Cambridge Audio for your situation. Very difficult to beat the sound quality at that price point.
S30 pair LR fronts - 220
S50 center - 200
S20 pair surrounds - 150

Total 570, leaves 430 for sub. There are some respectable HT subs in the 300-400 range, and a couple of very good subs at 500.

If you can used your current surround speakers, or use your current LR fronts as surrounds, it opens up your options to spend more on the front three LCR.

BTW, how high is the space for your center speaker?
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