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post #1 of 7 Old 02-13-2013, 01:37 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi All,

So I have finally decided on either of the following 2 after tons and tons of going back and forth. I just got the Denon 1913 on a deal at Fry's last night -

Here are my devices -

1. Sony KDL46W4150 [46'' LCD TV with 120 Hz Motionflow 1080p]
2. Sony DAV-HDX576WF [Sony Home Theatre System]
3. PS3
4. Wii
5. Time Warner Scientific Atlantica Cable Box &
6. Apple TV
7. iPod Classic

My room includes - living, dining which extends into kitchen.

I am trying to replace the Home Theatre System (not particularly looking for HTiB, but open to it). It is 3 years old, but I was never happy with the sound and the quite often the 'wireless' rear speakers would lose connection. On music with deep bass this system was pathetic, on others I have never had the 'crystal clear sound experience'.

My requirements are the following:

1. 5.1 Channel; with an option to expand to 7.1 at a later date
2. Good output for classical/blu ray audio
3. Not the big size speakers, looking for small footprint in the house, as I live in an apartment
4. I watch a lot of Blu Ray's and listen to a ton of classical, world music.

Narrowed down to Energy 5.0 Take Classic Home Theater System + HSU STF-1 or
Def Tech Procinema 600 - ebay deal at $599
Budget - $600.

Is the Def Tech worth the extra $200 and do they sound much better than the Energy's? I haven't heard the Energy's but heard the DefTech 600 at Best Buy and liked them...

What are your thoughts. Would greatly help!
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The Energy Takes with a Klipsch RW-12d ($300 shipped from Newegg.com) wouldn't be a bad choice at all.

What size room is this speaker set-up going in? Is it open or closed off?
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Is that deal still on!?

Its not closed, open living-dining into open kitchen. I have attached the floor plan. The Living is 13'x22'.

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A lot of people aren't going to like the Energy Takes or the Def Techs in your room.

Minimally people were prefer you go with small bookshelf speakers.

But given your choices I would take the energy takes over the Def Tech package cause the def techs have a very week 6.5" subwoofer
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Great thanks for the input. I think this would be a good starter to expand later on, I am reading that the Klipsch RW-12d is great. I was initially inclined to get the Infinity p163bk & p251 centers. But I went over to Fry's and saw they were huge! We have a 2yr old at home and are pretty limited in getting big things around the house. So I decided on either of these.

But again - do you have any suggestions of smaller bookshelves?
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Just noticed the Martin Logan MLT-2 for $249 on Newegg. Looks like a sweet deal! How does that rate against - Energy + Klipsch Sub.

Greatly appreciate your help!
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The MLT-2 would be better with the larger drivers it has over the Energy's

Some other bookshelf speakers in your budget that can be mounted on the wall with a key hole mount are the Polk Monitor 35b's ($150 currently, normally on sale for $120 a pair) For a center the Polk Monitor 15c Center Newegg is always running sales on them so sign up for the email alerts
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