I’m looking for some advice and suggestions on a new audio set up for my home entertainment system.
My wife and I are moving to a new place next week, and for the first time I’ll have my own man cave.
The room is about 20x15. And I’ve attached a picture to help people get an idea of the size and layout.
In this picture, only the bar will remain when we move in.
For my current audio set up, I have a Polk Audio RM6750 5.1 home theatre in a box system (http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Channel-Theater-Speaker/dp/B0002WTK4S/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1376235810&sr=1-2&keywords=Polk+Audio+RM+5.1-channel+home+theater+speaker+system
) powered by an Onkyo TX-SR606. The TV is a Samsung UN60F7500 (considering replacing it with the F8000 or P8500, but that is a different discussion).
What I’m Trying to Do:
I’m hoping I can procure a substantially better 5.1 system while staying around $1,000 for the 5 speakers (sub would be separate).
Here are my most important criteria: (a) I’d use the system primarily for movies and TV and only occasionally for music and (b) sound quality (whatever that might be at my price level) is more important to me than volume. Regarding the front left and right channels, I don’t have a particular preference of bookshelf speakers compared to floor standing.
One issue I will need to address is center channel placement. Currently, my center channel sits directly on the top surface of my entertainment center in front of the TV. Because the speaker is only 4.25” in height, it doesn’t block the TV from my viewing position. But already by 5” in height a center channel will start blocking part of the TV. If I get a larger channel speaker, I’m not sure what I can do because my entertain center can’t accommodate it on a shelf, and I’m reluctant to mount it above the TV (seems like that would be too high and it would leave an ugly wire dangling down).
First, I’ve been looking at the Paradigm Atom monitors ($200 each) (http://www.paradigm.com/products/collection=classic
). The relevant Paradigm center channel (Center 1) is $379. These Paradigm speakers, particularly the Atom, get great reviews.
That said, I’m a little confused on what Paradigm speakers to get. I’ve seen reviews where they reviewed the system using Atom monitors as the center channel in place of the Paradigm Center 1 and in place of the surrounds. Would just Atom monitors be more than sufficient as my surrounds? Am I missing out on a lot if I use the Atom over the Center 1 as my center channel or the Atom over their dedicated surrounds?
Most importantly, would these Paradigm atoms represent a big step up for me? i.e. are they worth it compared to what I currently have?
Second, I’ve also heard great things about the HSU speakers. (http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/value2pkg.html
) They are definitely in my price range as well. Would these also represent a great option for me?
Any other systems in particular I should be considering?
Each speaker system option, however, presents a challenge on the center channel issue – both would partially block my TV using my current placement.
Also, another question is whether my AVR will power the speakers sufficiently. It is “rated” at 90 watts a channel.
Thanks for your help!