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Hello everyone I was just wondering which would be a good speaker brand or model for my theater, I have a fairly small room 12 x11 room I plan on using it for music and movies, and sit only like 7 feet in front of 100 inch screen. Which would be best for big impressing friends on sound and everything else you can think, lol. Would like to stay under 1000 dollars for the pair. I'm talking front left and right channels. I was thinking about the tsi 500 or the rtia7 . Is there anything else or those are good.
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I am also plan on using a subwoofer in my theater I forgot to put that.
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Do you plan to eventually do a 5.1 or greater surround system in this room? What AVR do you have? What is your total budget for all speakers, sub, and AVR (if you don't have one)?

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A 7.1 and buying a denon 7.2 with preouts and getting a 5channel amp for outside and two fronts and center for that amp. Is that a good idea? And using the denon basically for the surrounds the amp will have 200w per channel.
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A total budget would really help us help you.

Klipsch makes good speakers that are good dynamic demo speakers, but I wouldn't buy them without listening to them cuz most people either love them or hate them. Hsu and BIC/Acoustech make speakers comparable to Klipsh but cheaper and more laid back than klipsch. PSB, Arx, Polk Rti A, EMP Tek, Monitor Audio so many companies make good speakers.

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Avr 3313 denon is the reciver or is that not a good one thanks for evertthkng
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A 7.1 and buying a denon 7.2 with preouts and getting a 5channel amp for outside and two fronts and center for that amp. Is that a good idea? And using the denon basically for the surrounds the amp will have 200w per channel.

Denon 3313 is a fine receiver. Don't know if you really need a 5 channel amp for a 12 x 11 room. That's pretty small. Why not just connect a 2 channel external amp for the outside speakers?

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I don't think you would need an external amp of any size in the room. 7' from the screen means 7-8' from the speakers. No matter what speakers you get you won't need more than what your AVR can deliver to hit ear splitting levels, e.g. "reference".

If this is strictly for HT use Klipsch would be a good choice, dynamic, bright, kind of theater like and fits your budget.

But in such a small room nearly any decent speaker would work. I use 5 NHT SuperZeros driven by a 50watt/channel AVR in a 13x14x9 room and have yet to run it at 0db during blu-ray movies. I can get in the mid 90dbs at the LP which is pretty loud for a long action movie.

What sub are you using or planning to use?

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Ok then is tsi 500 a good speakers or is something you don't get because its a bad speaker because fake wood and just don't do.
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His budget stated was 1k for pair of speakers . I would go with emp tek 55 towers. If those are too much for the room they have smaller ones. Great sounding and not bad looking .
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I like these myself, but a lot of good choices out there.
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Well this is my thing my rich boss is giving me free 5 channel amp from earthquake cinenova grande.what to do with it is my question I would like to keep it cause I know it's worth 4k dollars and be cool in my theater room. Which is 12x14 room. So is tsi 500 or 400s good or do I not get those. I have not bought a receiver yet but want to prob get a preout one to do outside two channel. And 7 inside with the help of the five channel amp ( use five from amp to do two front and center and two outside) is that a good idea
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Well this is my thing my rich boss is giving me free 5 channel amp from earthquake cinenova grande.what to do with it is my question I would like to keep it cause I know it's worth 4k dollars and be cool in my theater room. Which is 12x14 room. So is tsi 500 or 400s good or do I not get those. I have not bought a receiver yet but want to prob get a preout one to do outside two channel. And 7 inside with the help of the five channel amp ( use five from amp to do two front and center and two outside) is that a good idea

Nice amp. Take a look at a pair of Klipsch RF-82 II's.
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The way I see it you have a few options.
You can:
1. Sell it and get awesome speakers with an above average receiver?
2. Give it to me at no additional cost.
3. Get speakers that can benefit from it (not the ones you're mentioning)
4. Give it to me at no additional cost.
5. Give it to me at no additional cost.
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I am going to go with...give it to me at no additional cost. biggrin.gif

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Lol to funny I like the rti a5 for a med room and good prices
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You have to like the sound of the Polk's I think you can get much better for the price. Personally I like the Infinity Primus line more so than the TSI line up. The RTI AX line up is decent but I dont like the tweeter they use. The midbass on the klipsch is quite nice and the top end with a little tweaking can be quite good. That amp is very nice however is extremely overkill. You dont need all of that power unless you are trying to push hearing damage. You need such little power to get to unbearable levels with even 85 db speakers that it would be wasteful. As other have suggested you could sell the amp, buy a more inexpensive amp like an emotiva and have plenty of headroom.
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Hello everyone I was just wondering which would be a good speaker brand or model for my theater, I have a fairly small room 12 x11 room I plan on using it for music and movies, and sit only like 7 feet in front of 100 inch screen. Which would be best for big impressing friends on sound and everything else you can think, lol. Would like to stay under 1000 dollars for the pair. I'm talking front left and right channels. I was thinking about the tsi 500 or the rtia7 . Is there anything else or those are good.

Nothing wrong w/ polk speakers. The RTI A line is a pretty good place to start. wink.gif

You may also want to check out KEF Q series speakers.

Q500

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His budget stated was 1k for pair of speakers . I would go with emp tek 55 towers. If those are too much for the room they have smaller ones. Great sounding and not bad looking .

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You are in a great situation with the amp you are being given, so hang onto that. I haven't seen anyone mention it, but I know many are thinking it... You normally spend 2/3 to 3/4 of the budget on speakers + sub vs. the amp.

I would suggest finding an older model receiver with Pre-Outs that is clearance or perhaps open box. I know in the Best Buy Magnolia near me there are a good amount of receivers on open box. You can even grab a warranty if you don't trust it. I'm thinking this would run you $400 to $700. This will still come out much cheaper than a brand new Denon 33xx.

With the money saved buy a pair of speakers that can truly benefit from an external amp vs. a receiver amp. Don't neglect used speakers too. There are tons of guys with upgrade-itis that may have a pair that are perfect for you.

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Buy these.

The other speakers mentioned here are nice in their own regard but these speakers are in another league than the commercial offerings previously mentioned. They will play louder and cleaner than you want to listen on standard AVR power. The seller seems like a pretty good guy also, I cruise the DIY forum pretty regularly.

For other speakers in this caliber See:

Danley
Pi Speakers
Procella
JTR
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Ok update I have a 15 wide x 17 long theater room, sorry my mistake, so the speakers I'm looking at are the rti a5 or the rti a7 in cherry cause they look nice I'm still going to listen to them but are those or which one would be great in room unless you think those are a waste or overkill. but the price is not bad.
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Ok update I have a 15 wide x 17 long theater room, sorry my mistake, so the speakers I'm looking at are the rti a5 or the rti a7 in cherry cause they look nice I'm still going to listen to them but are those or which one would be great in room unless you think those are a waste or overkill. but the price is not bad.

sweet, yeah try the Polks and check out some of the other recommendations too. I really like tower speakers and I think they will be great in that room. Don't forget a good subwoofer or movies will sound weak (or not impressive).

Take a listen to a few brands and see how you like them vs. the Polks. I'm curious what to know what you select!

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When you say good subwoofer did you mean with even the rti a7s?
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yes, it doesn't have to be expensive but in order to be impressive it needs to be able to hit low frequencies without distorting. That will obviously run the price up. Generally a larger subwoofer cone can hit lower notes easier. Generally your speakers will not play low notes as well as a dedicated subwoofer, as they will effectively play down to say 50-80Hz before you would want the subwoofer to take over.

A 12"+ sub that is a good bang for the buck will serve you well if your original goal still stands. Music/Movies/impress friends.
The Klipsch reference sub (12") tends to go on sale every Christmas season for $300 and is a great deal. HSU Rhythmik PSB subwoofers all have great reviews around here. I was going to buy a Rythmik or HSU but decided to make a DIY subwoofer to keep myself busy with a project.
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