Originally Posted by sid369
I don't know what this thread has become, I don't even understand what some o you guys are taking about.
Anyways, max budget for front left and right $1200 pair
Room size 20X20 and one side is open to kitchen, foyer.
I want it loud enough to get the impact of the movie, for example in the dark knight rises, the first scene has so much bass that in IMAX I thoroughly enjoyed that sound and it made me enjoy the movie even more. I am not saying I want the same in my house, but at least the impact of the sound should be felt.
The real impact like that is from the subwoofers, that's for sure. I would use two of them and focus a good portion of your budget in that direction.
In my opinion, best quality for your dollar in that situation would be the Jamo D500 at $349 each. http://www.jamo.com/speaker-lines/thx-speakers/D500/?sku=D500LCR
These could be placed either in a cabinet or (this looks really cool, BTW) mounted below your flat panel. Installation height recommendations are in the manual. This would put your front 3 speakers at a total cost of $1047 MSRP. Certainly room for a discount in that as well to get all three below $1,000.
That would just leave your rears and your subs.
If this not a good look for you and you wanted something more traditional like floor standing speakers I would consider something like the KEF Q500 at $550 each MSRP and the Q200C matching center for $500.
EDIT: Without knowing more about your room, installation capabilities, desired look, etc. it's tought for me to really recommend real focused solution.
Actually, I really LOVE these: http://phasetechnology.com/products.cfm?category_id=In-Wall&product_id=CI-150
MSRP is $1,500 a set (should be able to be purchased for around $1,200), but the center channel is matrixed between them into the bottom drivers so you don't have to purchase more than this pair for your fronts.
These are one of my favorite in-wall setups. Two of these covers your L/C/R needsby getting installed in the wall just to the left and right of your display. These play loud and clean with impact sounding much larger than what they are. We typically install these around 50-70" TVs and they sound HUGE.
Just something to consider. Options are a good thing.