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I'm looking for new speakers on a budget. This Tv/living room area is where we do all our movie and video game playing. The receiver I'm looking at is the Onkyo TX-NR616. Speakers I have no idea. I was looking at the Energy 5.1 system but I want to do 7.1. The system I'm replacing now is this HT-S780. I have it in a 5.1 configuration right now. My budget for speakers is around 600-800 dollars. Thanks for your help. I've upload a doc with my current speaker. floor_plans33.pdf 187k .pdf file
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I'm looking for new speakers on a budget. This Tv/living room area is where we do all our movie and video game playing. The receiver I'm looking at is the Onkyo TX-NR616. Speakers I have no idea. I was looking at the Energy 5.1 system but I want to do 7.1. The system I'm replacing now is this HT-S780. I have it in a 5.1 configuration right now. My budget for speakers is around 600-800 dollars. Thanks for your help. I've upload a doc with my current speaker. floor_plans33.pdf 187k .pdf file

Your setup, is exactly like my old setup from years ago. Within that budget range i highly suggest buying these items. Then find a good 7.1 receiver, denon, onkyo, or pioneer ect... These items should get you started. Then all you need to do is find a good receiver on discount, and
2 additional rear speakers for the 7.1 setup, or keep 2 from your current setup (cheapest method)

Take a look at some of the items and make a choice, or keep an eye out for something different.

Jamo 5.1 set $180
http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-426-HCS-WENGE-5-Piece/dp/B003GGXGU6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367031106&sr=8-1&keywords=jamo

Decent receiver for $250
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH720-Channel-Receiver-Black/dp/B004QOA92A/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1367031850&sr=8-3&keywords=receiver+7.1

Or

Pioneer for $301 and it comes with ipod control/network pandoria ect..
http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-1022-K-7-Channel-Receiver-Network/dp/B007O5ATC8/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1367031850&sr=8-9&keywords=receiver+7.1

Polk 12 sub $229
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000092TT0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1367031170&sr=1-1&keywords=polk+505

Or Polk 10sub $107
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-10-Inch-Monitor-Subwoofer/dp/B0002KVQBA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1367031182&sr=1-1&keywords=polk+10
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Does any have any input on Jamo 5.1 set system. Speakers for that kinda of money seems too good to be truth.
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Looking at your room configuration, I don't see how you can easily do a 7.1 speaker configuration. You don't have enough room between the rear of your couch and the back speakers to get any added benefit. You're truly wasting your money going past 5.1 in this particular living room unless you can put the A/V equipment in a different room where you can spread out your surround speakers.

Could you possibly increase your speaker budget a tad? It's pretty darn tight as it is. You'll find that your options and the speaker quality will increase quite a bit if you can.

The Jamo set is only slightly better than what you currently have. I would think you would want to take the next step up in audio quality, which will demand an increased budget outlay. Not by a huge amount, relatively speaking, of course.

Ascend Acoustics.com package:

CMT-340 SE fronts
CMT-340 SE center
CBM-170 SE bookshelf surrounds (or go with HTM-200 SE's if wall mounting).

Total price: $1,216 shipping included or $1,158 with HTM-200 SE's (if you want the matching, fillable pedestal stands for the left/right CMT-340's, which turns them into towers, they're $140 extra for the pair when purchased together)

http://www.ascendacoustics.com/

Klipsch RW-12d Subwoofer

Total price: $299.99 @ Newegg.com

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780078

Grand total: $1515.99 (or slightly less with the HTM-200 SE speakers)

This'll kick the snot out of the Jamo package and lay waste to what you have currently. biggrin.gif

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I'm looking for new speakers on a budget. This Tv/living room area is where we do all our movie and video game playing. The receiver I'm looking at is the Onkyo TX-NR616. Speakers I have no idea. I was looking at the Energy 5.1 system but I want to do 7.1. The system I'm replacing now ihttp://www.newegg.com/Home-Audio-Speakers/BrandSubCat/ID-12345-494?Pagesize=100s this HT-S780. I have it in a 5.1 configuration right now. My budget for speakers is around 600-800 dollars. Thanks for your help. I've upload a doc with my current speaker. floor_plans33.pdf 187k .pdf file

For a sub, a BIC F-12:

http://www.provantage.com/bic-america-f12~7BICA003.htm

For the rest of the speakers:

Fronts= Polk 55T

Center=Polk 25C

Rears=Polk 35B

Here is a link to all the Polks:

http://www.newegg.com/Home-Audio-Speakers/BrandSubCat/ID-12345-494?Pagesize=100


Total price is just shy of $700.

While the sale ends tonight, these speakers go on sale pretty frequently.

Also, the Andrew Jones Pioneer speakers from Best Buy would be a good fit for your budget with the BIC sub.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?id=pcat17080&type=page&qp=cabcat0200000%23%23-1%23%23-1~~cpcmcat241600050001%23%23-1%23%23-1~~cabcat0205000%23%23-1%23%23-1~~q466173746c696d69747067735f323639~~nf398%7C%7C50696f6e656572&list=y&nrp=15&sc=audioSP&sp=-bestsellingsort+skuid&usc=abcat0200000

Alternately, you can upgrade to the Klipsch RW-12d sub f and be at just about the top end of your budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=82-780-078&Tpk=82-780-078

And then there is always the possibility of open box and close out items at B&M stores.
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In my honest opinion, I think you can do much better than Polk speakers. The quality vs. cost just doesn't justify this brand any more. Pretty disappointing as they used to be fairly good speakers in their heyday.

Those Ascends would be far better.

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In my honest opinion, I think you can do much better than Polk speakers. The quality vs. cost just doesn't justify this brand any more. Pretty disappointing as they used to be fairly good speakers in their heyday.

Those Ascends would be far better.

Just curious could you please refer me to a better speaker than a polk a7 or rti12 for 299.00 each? I respect your opinion and I am not trying to jump your arse, but some proof of these claims would be excellent. Then maybe I can possibly see or understand what I am missing out on.
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Looking at your room configuration, I don't see how you can easily do a 7.1 speaker configuration. You don't have enough room between the rear of your couch and the back speakers to get any added benefit. You're truly wasting your money going past 5.1 in this particular living room unless you can put the A/V equipment in a different room where you can spread out your surround speakers.

Could you possibly increase your speaker budget a tad? It's pretty darn tight as it is. You'll find that your options and the speaker quality will increase quite a bit if you can.

The Jamo set is only slightly better than what you currently have. I would think you would want to take the next step up in audio quality, which will demand an increased budget outlay. Not by a huge amount, relatively speaking, of course.

Ascend Acoustics.com package:

CMT-340 SE fronts
CMT-340 SE center
CBM-170 SE bookshelf surrounds (or go with HTM-200 SE's if wall mounting).

Total price: $1,216 shipping included or $1,158 with HTM-200 SE's (if you want the matching, fillable pedestal stands for the left/right CMT-340's, which turns them into towers, they're $140 extra for the pair when purchased together)

http://www.ascendacoustics.com/

Klipsch RW-12d Subwoofer

Total price: $299.99 @ Newegg.com

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780078

Grand total: $1515.99 (or slightly less with the HTM-200 SE speakers)

This'll kick the snot out of the Jamo package and lay waste to what you have currently. biggrin.gif


With me not using 7.1 wouldn't I lose True Dolby sound? I've also heard that polks aren't worth the money as they use to be.
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Just curious could you please refer me to a better speaker than a polk a7 or rti12 for 299.00 each? I respect your opinion and I am not trying to jump your arse, but some proof of these claims would be excellent. Then maybe I can possibly see or understand what I am missing out on.

In and around that price range, I can think of:

Arx A3c mini floor stander @ theaudioinsider.com

HSU HB-1 mk2 @ hsuresearch.com

Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SE @ ascendacoustics.com

Aperion Audio Intimus 4T tower @ aperionaudio.com


Yes, a couple of them are large monitors, I know, but taller speakers and more drivers doesn't necessarily mean better overall sound quality. That comes from an inert cabinet, better driver material, and better crossovers.

Also, doing the knuckle wrap test, these cabinets are heavily braced with thick MDF walls.

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With me not using 7.1 wouldn't I lose True Dolby sound? I've also heard that polks aren't worth the money as they use to be.

I would agree to a point...but in all fariness most brick and mortar speakers are not worth retail price smile.gif however you can get polks much cheaper than list price if you shop around. I gurantee there is not much out there that will rival a rti12 for 299.00 each. check put frys.com.
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With me not using 7.1 wouldn't I lose True Dolby sound? I've also heard that polks aren't worth the money as they use to be.

Very true about the Polks. I used to own some myself... from the 90's vintage. They've gone cheap in the last few years.

While Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio tracks on Blu-ray can have up to 7.1 discrete audio, unless you have a few feet or more of space behind your listening area for the back speakers... the sounds emanating from the side and rear channels will all seem to blob together and you won't get much in the way of 360 degree envelopment.

Telling your receiver that you only have 5.1 speakers, will allow it to fold the back surround channels into the sides if you are playing a 7.1 track, so you don't miss anything in the audio track.

There are slightly fancier receivers on the market with DTS Neo:X processing that will allow you to have front wide speakers or front height effects speakers, so you can at least expand your front sound stage, even if you can't take full advantage of the 7.1 tracks.

Of course, this all changes if you have a more dedicated listening space that can accommodate side and rear surround speakers.

Here's a diagram to help visualize what I'm saying:



A little about DTS Neo:X

http://www.dts.com/consumers/entertainment-audio/neox.aspx

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I would agree to a point...but in all fariness most brick and mortar speakers are not worth retail price smile.gif however you can get polks much cheaper than list price if you shop around. I gurantee there is not much out there that will rival a rti12 for 299.00 each. check put frys.com.

I wouldn't put that guarantee in writing. wink.gif

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In and around that price range, I can think of:

Arx A3c mini floor stander @ theaudioinsider.com

HSU HB-1 mk2 @ hsuresearch.com

Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SE @ ascendacoustics.com

Aperion Audio Intimus 4T tower @ aperionaudio.com


Yes, a couple of them are large monitors, I know, but bigger and more drivers doesn't necessarily mean better overall sound quality.

Also, doing the knuckle wrap test, these cabinets are heavily braced with thick MDF walls.

the a7's are very well built and have thick mdf walls...about 53lbs ea. I highly doubt the asperion dual 4" driver tower is going to have near the bass output of the a7, the ascend 340 might be close, hsu hb-1 wont touch the a7 either. have you personally compared all of these speakers?
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I wouldn't put that guarantee in writing. wink.gif

your probably right...the problem is how does one test all these speakers before making a choice? there are so many options, opinions, and not everybody hears the same. I know there are speakers much better than polk, but to say they are not very good is far from the truth imo.
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the a7's are very well built and have thick mdf walls...about 53lbs ea. I highly doubt the asperion dual 4" driver tower is going to have near the bass output of the a7, the ascend 340 might be close, hsu hb-1 wont touch the a7 either. have you personally compared all of these speakers?

I've finally heard each one. Heard the Polk's at my neighbors and at the store. Was checking out some various speakers for my dad's living room. He decided to up his budget at the end and chose the Aperion Verus Forte towers and a Verus Grand center in gloss cherry. Doing the internet route can be a pain in the ass with boxing and unboxing, but also kind of fun. It fit his tastes the best.

I personally have Paradigm Studio's with 100 fronts and the CC-690 center.

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man i wish there was a store close by that i could demo some those ID speakers.
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man i wish there was a store close by that i could demo some those ID speakers.

Kind of hard with internet direct speakers. biggrin.gif But it's a bit like Christmas until you hit the ones that bowl you over.

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yea i suppose but not everybody has time for all that.
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Please believe me... you're going sideways, not upgrading. If anything, it might actually be a slight downgrade with the speakers from the Onkyo HTiB.

If you still find your budget tight... just get a little bit at a time and get better stuff. Arx, HSU, Ascend, Aperion, Paradigm, PSB, Boston Acoustic's A Series, etc.

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I have a question understanding speaker specs. I'm looking at the CS10 compared to my speaker the SKC-530C. I took a screen shot of the spec pages. Now to me they almost look alike. Am I wrong?

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I have a question understanding speaker specs. I'm looking at the CS10 compared to my speaker the SKC-530C. I took a screen shot of the spec pages. Now to me they almost look alike. Am I wrong?
They look very much alike. That doesn't mean that they'll sound the same, as the specs they provide aren't adequate to make that judgement. The specs that you'd need to make that judgement probably aren't available.

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They look very much alike. That doesn't mean that they'll sound the same, as the specs they provide aren't adequate to make that judgement. The specs that you'd need to make that judgement probably aren't available.

I agree. The specs you need to make a judgement are between your ears. Everything else is just a first cut to narrow down the list of possibilities from hundreds to a few.

Having lived with five cheap speakers for years, I would suggest that you use your $600-$800 to get a 2.0, 3.0, or 5.0 system now and add speakers as you can afford them to a final 5.1. Any sub within your overall budget is probably not worth having. To start, within your price range consider:

Ascend CMT-340 for 2.0
Ascend CBM-170 with a CMT-340 center for 3.0
See these at http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/spkrlist.html

You can get a 5.0 system with the ARX A1b I use these now as surrounds and they did very well as mains before I got my A5 mains.
The A1b is usually sold in pairs but if you call Jon Lane at TAI I'm sure he'll sell you a set of five.
ARX A5 towers for 2.0
See these at http://www.theaudioinsider.com/manufacturers.php?mPath=13&

Both brands have a 30 day return policy if you don't like them. You have to pay for shipping, Good luck.
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Onkyo TX-NR616
Polk Tsi200 for fronts
Polk Cs10 for the center
Polk Tsi100 for rears.

This is the setup I'm looking at now. How does this look to you guys?
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Polk Tsi200 for fronts
Polk Cs10 for the center
Polk Tsi100 for rears.

This is the setup I'm looking at now. How does this look to you guys?

I truly believe you're not really progressing by going with Polk's, especially that model range. You might want to take a look at HSU Research online as a better alternative to the package above.

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I would stay away from Polk until you get to their Rti line, which is good. Polk Monitors and Tsi were not great sounding. Infinity Primus is good, Hsu is good, Ascends and Arx are supposed to be good as well.
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Infinity Primus hmmm.. I like the look of these. Have you had any experience with them?

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primus-363-Theater-Speaker/dp/B009OJSFRS/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1375061815&sr=8-21&keywords=Infinity+Primus

I like the price of these.
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I agree. The specs you need to make a judgement are between your ears. Everything else is just a first cut to narrow down the list of possibilities from hundreds to a few.

Having lived with five cheap speakers for years, I would suggest that you use your $600-$800 to get a 2.0, 3.0, or 5.0 system now and add speakers as you can afford them to a final 5.1. Any sub within your overall budget is probably not worth having. To start, within your price range consider:

Ascend CMT-340 for 2.0
Ascend CBM-170 with a CMT-340 center for 3.0
See these at http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/spkrlist.html

You can get a 5.0 system with the ARX A1b I use these now as surrounds and they did very well as mains before I got my A5 mains.
The A1b is usually sold in pairs but if you call Jon Lane at TAI I'm sure he'll sell you a set of five.
ARX A5 towers for 2.0
See these at http://www.theaudioinsider.com/manufacturers.php?mPath=13&

Both brands have a 30 day return policy if you don't like them. You have to pay for shipping, Good luck.

That setup cost $1800

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Infinity Primus hmmm.. I like the look of these. Have you had any experience with them?

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primus-363-Theater-Speaker/dp/B009OJSFRS/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1375061815&sr=8-21&keywords=Infinity+Primus

I like the price of these.

Id like to find out more about Primus as well. How do they stack up compared to Ascend or HSU?
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Infinity Primus is very good, especially when you can get them on their sale prices at Fry's. They are very much in the league of the Ascends and Hsus. I have both the Hsus and Primus speakers, both are great speakers.
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