Originally Posted by kvwpwr
I think I've decided on the hsu vtf15h. I like the idea of the package deal too. That sub fit my budget and should be large enough for my room... At least until I get another one.
If I can get away with using bookshelfs on the walls, the smaller the depth the better. The hsu hb1 isn't too bad. Are there thinner speakers in that price range that sound good with the KEF?
Would it be a bad idea to use in wall speakers on the sides then bookshelves in the rear? Also is it bad I the side speakers are a little in front of the listening position?
I'm kind of surprised at some of the previous replies you received in regards to surround speakers that are totally sonically different from the front L/C/R array you have chosen (the Kef Q's).Absolutely
stick with surround speakers from the same model line. You want
timbre matching even here for precise sound panning and multi-channel music reproduction. Since the Q series only has an on-wall dipole (which will probably not work well with the newer, more advanced object surround formats on the horizon due to dipolar arrays being too diffuse)... I would look at getting pivoting, side-clamping (don't have to drill into the speaker) wall mounting brackets and use Q100 or Q300 bookshelves for the surrounds (decent bass frequency specs. too). That would be fine because the Q series, even their bookshelves, has front firing bass reflex ports.
Something like this (Pinpoint AM-40b... or the similar and cheaper VideoSecu version):
Optimally, you want your side surrounds to be 90 degrees to your listening position (one pair per row, if you have or will have tiered seating at some point in the future) or just slightly behind the listener's ears... not in front or you'll screw up the directional panning cues to your ear/brain. You'll think sounds emanating from the side walls are in front of you, which defeats the purpose.
In the back, you would want to place them at about 150 degrees.
It gets a little more complex than that when aiming monopole speakers as surrounds, but that's for another discussion.
The HSU VTF-15h is great for the money. Also check out the 15" high powered, ported models from Rythmik (with the 600 watt amps included).
You could check out the Panasonic 230 Blu-ray player.
Another suggestion as an upgrade... I would strongly consider adding power amplifiers to drive your Kef's at some point. You, again, have a fairly large space (with 13' ceilings too) and the Kef's will really open up and play more cleanly at greater volume with better amplification than what your receiver can provide. Try Emotiva and Outlaw Audio amps.