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Hey guys,

I've been out of the speaker world for awhile, so I'm looking for some advice. I want to build a 5.1 home theater setup.

Budget: $1,600
Room: 15x16, glass sliding door on one wall

I currently have four Energy RC-10's, but I am thinking that towers may be better for a HT setup. I want to keep my receiver cost around $300 so I can buy a nice big sub. For sub, I was thinking about a HSU VTF-3 MK4..ideas?
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You can't go wrong with a VTF3. It doesn't leave a whole lot left for speakers though, and on that budget you aren't going to do a whole lot better than Energy RC-10s. If you have a Frys nearby, they have the Infinity Primus p363s on sale for 108 each at the moment, that is a terrific bargain. Aside from those there are the Pioneer SP towers, which aren't bad. I wouldn't limit myself to just towers though, they aren't necessarily better. Hsu has some good speakers too. I would also take a look at the HTD Level Threes.
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I'm not dead set on towers. Would a higher end bookshelf speakers such as the Energy RC-10 or Aperion be fine? How well do bookshelves handle the ability to play movies? I've been told to spend the majority of the budget on a nice subwoofer and let it do the heavy lifting.

Setup will be 80% movies, or more.
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I'm not dead set on towers. Would a higher end bookshelf speakers such as the Energy RC-10 or Aperion be fine? How well do bookshelves handle the ability to play movies? I've been told to spend the majority of the budget on a nice subwoofer and let it do the heavy lifting.

Setup will be 80% movies, or more.

The recommendation for a good sub lies in the the fact the most budget speaker can't handle bass very well. After getting the good sub, in my opinion, you should go with speakers that have very good mid and highs. I believe the Pioneers are better than the P363s in this regard. I haven't test the P363 myself but the professional reviews seem to back this up. If you can test them, of course that is the way to go.

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I think higher end bookshelfs would do fine. If you are after THX Reference levels, I wouldn't worry about bookshelf vs towers so much as high sensitivity. That is a different kind of speaker. For that, I would be looking at speakers with a mid 90 sensitivity rating, and not an inflated one either.
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After lots of research..I think I'm going with Ascend Acoustics.

Fronts/center CMT-340s and HMT-200 rears ($1,200)

or

CBM-170 fronts, CMT-340 center, and HTM-200 rears ($930)


I will probably pair these with a HSU VTF-2 MK4. Any receiver suggestions?
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Those CMT-340 SEs will be a nice improvement over the RC-10s. I currently use CBM-170 SEs in my computer desktop audio setup and prefer them over both the Energy RC-10s and Energy Veritas V5.1s I had previously. But I think it would be worth upgrading to the 340s for an HT setup. Six 6.5" drivers across your front soundstage will make for some nice midbass biggrin.gif

Have you considered trying the CMT-340s across the front with a pair of the RC-10s in the rear? If you like how that works, that would save you some money toward a better receiver. And you could still upgrade those later on if you want.

Unless you have cathedral ceilings, the VTF-2 MK4 should have plenty of output for that size room.

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