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Ok, here's the high points:

16'x16' room w/ 18' vaulted ceilings. I'll be using the set-up for music 50% and movies/tv 50%. I am not an audiophile but I do like loud, clear, and intense sound.

Current set-up:

Old Boston Acoustic bookshelf in 3.1 w/ BIC F-12. Running a Yamaha rx-v673. This set-up fills up the room pretty good but I'm definitely looking for more.

I'd like to stay around/under $300 if possible. I'd consider ~$400 for a really good deal.
The set-ups I've considered so far have been the Energy Take Classic 5.0 and Jamo s426 hcs3. Then I started hearing about the Jamo s606 and now I'm all confused (not that I can find them on sale anywhere anyway).

Thoughts? Opinions? Are floor speakers really that much better than bookshelf when paired w/ a decent sub? Any suggestions for other brands/set-ups that might work well for me?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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You expect too much for that sized room with such a small budget. Save up and you'll have a lot more speaker and sub choices to consider. It's like saying: I want it all, but I'm not willing to pay for it. biggrin.gif

As for speaker sub combos. It really depends on the speakers. If you get too small a bookshelf model with a sub, you're missing out on a few frequencies in between... not a lot of mid-range and mid bass reproduction to be had.

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fwiw, take a look at the home theater direct level 2 bookshelves and center and use your old boston acoustics for rears until you can replace when your able

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fwiw, take a look at the home theater direct level 2 bookshelves and center and use your old boston acoustics for rears until you can replace when your able

Thank you smasher for the suggestion. Ill check them out.
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You expect too much for that sized room with such a small budget. Save up and you'll have a lot more speaker and sub choices to consider. It's like saying: I want it all, but I'm not willing to pay for it. biggrin.gif

As for speaker sub combos. It really depends on the speakers. If you get too small a bookshelf model with a sub, you're missing out on a few frequencies in between... not a lot of mid-range and mid bass reproduction to be had.

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Thank you for your response Dan. To be clear, I'm not expecting audiophile quality for my price range. I just want some suggestions for how to move forward and upgrade from my current set-up. I'd consider buying just two speakers for now and saving up for the rest but I do not want to go up from $300-$400 for now.

Any suggestions would be welcomed!
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You can check out the NHT Superzeros they're out of stock now and may not be back, but they're $60.

My personal favorite is the Cambridge Audio S30 (but two would be $219).

I would be willing to bet if you get two quality bookshelf speakers and a nice subwoofer you'd probably do pretty well for yourself.

Popular subs include (might need to save an extra hundred or two)

Klipsch RW12-D
SVS PB1000
NXG BAS 500
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You can check out the NHT Superzeros they're out of stock now and may not be back, but they're $60.

My personal favorite is the Cambridge Audio S30 (but two would be $219).

S30s would be my choice in this size room. Much higher sensitivity. Should get louder for the same amplifier power.
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Thank you for your response Dan. To be clear, I'm not expecting audiophile quality for my price range. I just want some suggestions for how to move forward and upgrade from my current set-up. I'd consider buying just two speakers for now and saving up for the rest but I do not want to go up from $300-$400 for now.

Any suggestions would be welcomed!

If you're willing to buy a little at a time, I'd perhaps consider a pair of HSU Research HB-1 monitors in that price range. Sometimes they'll have B-stock as well for a further discount (usually just minor cosmetic defects and with a full warranty). They'll play plenty loud, but with good tonal range, in a room such as that since they're so efficient and use horn loaded tweeters. They don't use metal compression drivers like Klipsch, so not as "hot" and in-your-face in the treble department. Then add more HB-1's and a sub when you can.

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