Originally Posted by holt7153
Originally Posted by Kisakuku
Anyway, I'm a bit biased here, but for this budget I would suggest:
Ascend Acoustics Sierra Towers with RAAL tweeters
Ascend Acoustics Sierra Horizon with RAAL tweeter
Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1 Monitors with NRT tweeters (or custom Sierra-1's with RAAL tweeters)
2X Rythmik FV15HP (ported) or 2X Rythmik F25 or 2X Rythmik F15HP (sealed)
Denon 4520CI (call AVS for best pricing)
This would make an excellent system (I'm biased as well as it's basically my system
Too right - I'm very jealous holt!
To the OP: Another vote for the Ascend/Rythmik combo, but with the exception of the model of Rythmik sub (see just below), and a suggestion for the surrounds (see further below).
Originally Posted by isingh
Thanks a bunch guys. Any suggestion on Sub company/ models ?
Rythmik. A sealed version for compact size in that small room. Assuming an 8' ceiling, your friend's room is just under 1000ft^3. Is this a fully enclosed (sealed) space, or is it open to other areas of the house? If it's a sealed space, the F25 and 15HP subs are utter overkill. Even a pair of F15's would easily fill a room more than 5 times the size and therefore are not warranted. Dual Rythmik F12's (-2dB @ 20hz compared to F15) would be perfectly fine, especially if the room is enclosed. If the room is open to other areas of the house, let us know how big these areas area are.
Originally Posted by isingh
Thanks for your response guys. So, are RAAL tweeters worthy upgrades to have ?
For LCR; definately (IMO)!
The really terrific thing about Ascend Acoustics is the comprehensive suite of measurements published on their website. I haven't seen another quite like it. (Sometimes feel like rewarding them with my business for that alone!) Compare the measurements with the stock NrT dome tweeter (which looks to be excellent) here: http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/SRT/srtmeas.html
... with the measurements for the RAAL ribbon here: http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/SRT/Ascend%20Sierra%20Ribbon%20Tower.pdf
A 5.2 system consisting of Ascend Sierra Tower/Horizon with RAAL ribbons, Sierra-1 surrounds and dual Rythmik F12SE's, all in piano black would be around $7150 including shipping. Slightly over your friends speaker budget, so as he's more a 2.1 channel bloke (& considering the Sierra-1 really is a reference monitor and IMO, a bit of a luxury for surround duty), I'd recommend he go for the Ascend CBM-170SE's as surrounds. This brings the total back to around $6500 shipped
for the 5.2 system.
This compares to a PSB Imagine T2/C/B (gloss black) setup with dual Rythmik F12SE's for around $7900 shipped.
Originally Posted by Transmaniacon
I think the X4000 is the sweet spot right now, XT 32, SubEQ, and all the bells and whistles you need.
Second that! Great value for an XT32 AVR. Open box: $1170 shipped
This would be a great system for that sized room and your friends budget.