i'm hoping some of you will take the time to read this long post and can help me decide what setup to get. I already have my Denon AVR 2313 hooked up to two Jamo S708 (now S718 I believe) floorstanding tower speakers. These are low budget speakers, but I love the bass power they have.
At the moment, I'm looking to move out of my parents house so I don't know yet what size the living room is going to be or what the acoustics will be like. However, if possible, I do need some help choosing my future home cinema.
Firstly, i think i want to combine the home cinema with floorstanding speakers (not necessarily my current Jamo's) for better music quality. Should i
- buy a complete home cinema package containing tower fronts? This however doesn't meet my other demands (see lower in this post) as they usually come with giant center and rear speakers for building a real theatre.
- buy subwoofer, rear and center speakers (that meet my demands) seperately and use seperate towers as the two fronts?
- buy a complete home cinema package and somehow add the towers?
I'm assuming it would be the second option: use my Jamos (or probably new, better and better looking tower speakers) as the two front speakers and buy seperate center and rear speakers as well as a powerfull active subwoofer. As my wife-to-be (an interior designer) also has a say in this, they'll need to be stylish as well as the perfomance has to be good
. As most newbies, I was initially drawn to the Bose Acoustimass systems. After a lot of research and persuading my other half, I know now that is not what I want. But here's what we like about Bose and what we want our future speakers to have:
- they are tiny and very stylish; especially when mounted on the ceiling. I don't want speakers overtaking the whole room, aside from - two tower speakers and a subwoofer. The living room doesn't need to look like a theatre room.
they sound powerful (i know they're not good quality but some of you have described this as the 'wow-effect' bose wants to persuade you with)
- are they wireless?
I haven't found any other speaker that looks even remotely as good, but as I want better quality, here are my options for center and rear speakers:A. Similar to bose mini theatre speakers
The only small ones that drew my attention were the Kef KHT 3005SE (Wireless!!), but my Denon AVR might be to powerful? And they don't look like they could be hung on the ceiling. On the ceiling is not really necessary, but it is preferable, and i certainly don't want to put them on the floor or something like this: http://www.jamo.com/speaker-types/home-cinema-systems/?sku=A340HCS7
("on a stick"). On a shelf? Maybe..
Other suggestions are welcome, but know I don't like the look of small bookshelf looking ones (Wharfedale, Dali,...) , or the small Boston Acoustics ones.
Also, in this case I would definitely want to have tower speakers for music.B. Flat wall-mounted speakers
Klipsch G28 http://www.klipsch.com/gallery-g-28-home-theater
KEF T-series http://www.kef.com/html/us/showroom/home_theatre_speakers/tseries/overview/
Most people seem to think these kind of speakers come with some sort of audio quality loss, especially for listening music. If this is NOT the case, i might decide to let go of the idea of tower speakers, although it seems likely that these flat speakers won't have too much bass. Or can i rely solely on a powerful subwoofer for this?C. In-wall or architectural speakers
B&W Ci series (most likely CI 700, not CI 800) http://www.bowers-wilkins.eu/Speakers/Custom_Installation/CI_Series/CI-700.html
This would be my ideal setup: everything stuffed away in the walls, except maybe two fronts and the subwoofer.It seems hard to find them in my region (i know one place) and it's even harder to find how much they cost but they will be much more expensive - i know. Again a lot of people say in-wall speakers have a significant audio quality loss. But they are probably comparing them to regular speakers of the same price range, which are usually huge. If that's the case then again, i might consider not using towers as front speakers, but also in-wall.
I know these are all different price classes, but I don't know yet what my budget will be. I'm thinking no more than 5k (in euros) in case of the in-wall ones, solely for the speakers, as I already have my Denon AVR and TV. Less expensive is always better of course.
Thanks a bunch!!!
Jonas from Belgium.