Originally Posted by savora
Hi, I am looking for advice for purchasing a system that will be for 80% movies, 20% music. Need high WAF and preferably slimmer design due to room constraints and also want bipole/dipole surrounds to hang on wall. Will be powered with Emotiva UMC 200 + XPA 5
1) SVS : New Ultra - not sure if I like the design of the towers, and will not have much in terms of clearance space around them
2) Aperion Verus - seems very nice, but concerned about reflections from center speaker onto projection screen
3) Ascend - don't think they have bipole surrounds
4) PSB : T2 series
5) Salk - don't think they have bipole surrounds
Would appreciate any comments or other additional recommendations.
I design systems for a living and have done since just before HDTV and flat panels were the norm. The awesome part for you is that with your budget and intended use you can do some incredible systems that you would never want to replace but, man, is this a dangerously unspecific request!
Here is what I mean:
- Size of room?
- Decor concerns (besides "make them thin"). I mean, what does your room actually look like? Do you have drywall, wood paneling, part both, etc? Do you have a blank canvas to work with or are there things hanging on the walls, etc?
- DIY installation skill set on your end? ORRRRRR, if you come in less than $6k, would you pay for someone to professionally install the system IF it still allowed you to come in under budget and still get the look you want? Or, maybe this savings could also help you get some sort of entry to automation, iPad control, etc. into your system to grow from.
- What type of display are you using and what size - TV, Projector, etc?
- Is there any cabinetry involved either under the display or around it like with a built in entertainment center?
- Subwoofer placement constraints, size, or finish concerns? Make it thin as well? - Doable. In-wall? Yep, no prob.... But both will come with a premium in regards to performance to your budget. But, at $6k as a limit, both can be had with no problem.
Given your budget and stated goals there are 1000's of speakers that you can pick from. The problem, and I am definitely NOT picking on you - just trying to get you in the right frame of mind as a starting point - is that with the info you've shared you will just get guys listing a bunch of different speakers...... NOT designing a system for & AROUND your room.
For our clients, tower speakers are a last resort and only used because of installation issues and room problems. There are so many amazing, high output systems that will fit into a decor or design goal while putting out reference DBs for movies and music that it's just unnecessary to clutter your room up. Make yourself happy, make your family happy, live WITH your equipment... NOT around it.