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Hello everyone,

I am new to A/V equipment. I recently purchased a Panasonic 55" VT60 and love it. I'm looking to upgrade my audio now to a decent 3.1 system with a budget of under $2k. Right now I'm using an old Sony HTIB and It's just not cutting it. I will be replacing everything including receiver. I am only going with a 3.1 system because of an odd shaped room. I want to be able to upgrade later though so I'm looking for a 7.2 channel receiver with Bluetooth and 3d compatibility. I would like a nice pair of tower speakers, center and a sub.

I have started a list that I thought would be a decent set up but I keep looking around at other speakers and cant make up my mind. Below is my list I have started, please let me know if there is anything you would change or upgrade.

Onkyo TX-NR626 7.2-Channel Network Audio/Video Receiver
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BLGUKDE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Infinity Primus P363 Three-way dual 6-1/2-Inch Floorstanding Speaker
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046A8R3M/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Infinity Primus PC351 Three-way dual 5-1/4-Inch Center Speaker
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044D1788/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Klipsch RW12D 12-inch Reference Subwoofer
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UVWIO0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A374HTIQ3S6VSR

I have also been looking at all Klipsch speakers but they may blow the budget. With the components I have selected here the price comes in at just under $1500.

Please let me if you have any experience with any of these pieces good or bad, or if you would change anything. Thanks in advanced for any input.
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Check out Fry's electric... They have had the ip p363 for 100 dollars per speaker recently!

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub
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Looks good to me, very high bang for the buck setup. Some changes I might contemplate is upgrade the receiver to the Denon AVR-2313CI, it's only $100 more and it has a more powerful version of Audyssey and a more powerful amplifier. Another change I would make is either double up on the Klipsch subwoofer or try to get a B-stock Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX here for $600, while they are still available. Dual RW-12ds will get you a more even response throughout the room and a more consistent bass sound, but the Outlaw will get you some very deep bass, well below 20 hz, to the limit of human perception. Another advantage of the Outlaw is you could get a matching Outlaw later for both even, smooth bass and extreme deep frequencies.
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You dont sound too far off track... Have you listened to these? Do you like the speakers? I normally recommend Arx in that price range... I heard them... Superior sound for that price.

I also recommend Klipsch allot if you like the way they sound.... Reason is they are extremely popular so you can pick up a set 50% or more off list as b stock or used.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I'll check out that sub and the other receiver. I have not had a chance to listen to any of the speakers yet. I'll make it a point to check out a couple stores.

I looked at these speakers on frys and they wanted $329.99 each! Sounds crazy to me.

Thanks again for the input.
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Amazon has the Primus speaker line on sale.

ARX is another great recommendation.
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The arx speakers, are we talking about the A3c or A5? The A5's are a little pricey but the reviews are pretty good. Are the A3's good as well? What would be a good center to match with them?
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The center speaker you want for either the A3 or A5 is the A2c. The problem is the A2c is out of stock with an indeterminate restock date. This is why I can't recommend and Arx set at the moment, because they don't know when their own center is going to be available. However you could use an A1 as a center if you have the space for a vertical center speaker.
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The A1b single bookshelf works as a vertical or horizontal center. The planar tweeter can be rotated for horizontal use.

The A3c would work with either the A1b center or A2c center. The A3c is a 2.5way tower, top portion is just an A1b and the bottom woofer is for extra bass. The A1b would work fine with the A5 tower a few users are using it that way.

Arx A5 fronts and A1b center would be around $1000-1100 depending on your shipping options (which you can add everything to the cart and get real time quote) and that would leave enough for a SVS PB12 NSD, HSU VTF3Mk or PSA XV30 and come in a few hundred under your budget.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look into those subs but, add a receiver and I'd be quite a bit over budget.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look into those subs but, add a receiver and I'd be quite a bit over budget.

Oh I forgot about you having a receiver in that budget too. Maybe 3 Arx A1b bookshelfs across the front $540. Rythmik LV12R subwoofer $589 http://www.rythmikaudio.com/LV12R.html http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/speaker-subwoofer-reviews/67309-rythmik-lv12r-subwoofer-review.html

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR2313CI/DENON-AVR-2313CI-7.2-4K-3D-Pass-Through-Networking-Receiver/1.html#
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+1 ^^^^
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