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After getting some good feedback on in-ceiling speakers, I have decided not to go with in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. Instead I will look for nice floor standing or bookshelves for L and R.

My wife has only allowed a $3k budget since it is not the main media room smile.gif. The living is a 17'X20' with an open kitchen 13'X19'. I am attaching some pics. As you can see it is quite an open space. I think I will have to stick with in-wall for rear since there is not space for floorstanding.

This is what I am thinking -

Denon AVR E-400 = $599 The big advantage over Onkyo 818 is price, does not heat up, and allows additional "different zone" for 2 other speakers that I can use in the kitchen.

SVS subwoofer < $600

Rest for speakers ~ $ 1,800.

Space on the right of the fireplace on the wall will be the TV mounting.
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From the kitchen island. Distance about 17 feet but the couch will be about 10-12 feet from the TV.
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This is taken from where the TV will be mounted and this image shows the rear and view of the open kitchen.
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bumping up. Any suggestions on my budget?
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You can get a Denon aVR-3312CI for $599 refurbished from Accessories4less. I'd take that over the E-400.

For that large of a room you would probably want a couple subs. One is a good start, but soon enough you'll want more.

Is that $1800 for the front three speakers or for all speakers? You can pick up a pair of Focal Chorus 814V for $799 a pair with matching center for $350. These are great speakers from what I hear and the low price simply makes it better. They do seem to be sold out at the moment.

You can always pick up two Kef Q900's for $629 each, and match with the center for $450. This is also a beast of a combination and almost a steal at the price.

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Thanks for that suggestion. I will check out accesorries for less. But my budget is unfortunately $1800 for all 5 speakers frown.gif There were few B&Ws I thought might work out but I respect KEFs a lot too...
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Thanks for that suggestion. I will check out accesorries for less. But my budget is unfortunately $1800 for all 5 speakers frown.gif There were few B&Ws I thought might work out but I respect KEFs a lot too...

How about the Kef Q700 pair with a Q200 center speaker? For $1330. Still an awesome system, one that I wanted to buy but ultimately went for different bookshelf speakers. Should leave plenty of money for a pair of in-walls for your rears.

Can always go with some Wharfedales. I currently have a pair of Diamond 10.2's with matching center and they're awesome. Really great to look at as well. Pure bonus. A pair of Diamond 10.4's with matching center would sound great. Or if you want to up the budget a bit you could get the 10.5's for an even better set.

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How about the Kef Q700 pair with a Q200 center speaker? For $1330. Still an awesome system, one that I wanted to buy but ultimately went for different bookshelf speakers. Should leave plenty of money for a pair of in-walls for your rears.

Can always go with some Wharfedales. I currently have a pair of Diamond 10.2's with matching center and they're awesome. Really great to look at as well. Pure bonus. A pair of Diamond 10.4's with matching center would sound great. Or if you want to up the budget a bit you could get the 10.5's for an even better set.

Those are some awesome suggestions... I was also looking at B&W CCM663 for rear speakers. I really liked B&W as well but I will be visiting Magnolia again this week to hear some of my music to see what I like.
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