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Hi everyone, so after a looot of research and confusion I have narrowed down my potential setup to these options, I would appreciate any comments on which would be the best both for music and movies, especially in terms of subwoofer suggestions:

1. 5 Minx min 10's + Any 300-500 USD Subwoofer + Onkyo tx-nr616 Reciever
2. 5 Minx min 11's + Any 200-300 USD Subwoofer + Onkyo tx-nr616 Reciever
3. 3 Minx min 21's + 2 Minx min 10's + Any 100-200 USD Subwoofer + Onkyo tx-nr616 Reciever
4. Boston Acoustics Soundware XS 5.1 Package
5. Energy Take RC Micro 5.1 Package

I would appreciate votes on any of the 5 setups as well as subwoofer suggestions.... I really cannot afford anything more and they have to be cube espeakers because of my wife...

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Option 2 make the sub an NXG


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Take Option 1 with a SVS PB1000. Hands down the best.
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Option 2 make the sub an NXG

The NXG wouldn't be my choice with the Cambridge Minux since they likely need a 120hz or 150hz crossover. S&V measured the NXG to roll off a lot over 80hz.

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Would PB be better?

I'm not sure what sub could meet those needs?
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Would PB be better?

I'm not sure what sub could meet those needs?

Way better. See the graph in the PB-1000 S&V review. 18 Hz to 177 Hz, ±3 dB vs. 32 to 93 Hz ±3 dB for the NXG (based on S&Vs measurements). Night and day difference on both ends of the frequency response smile.gif
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Thanks All!! So everyone agrees it should be option 1?

Are the Minx good for music listening too?
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How big is your room, including any other spaces it opens into?

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Around 200-250 square feet
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Are you sure? That is pretty small, those speakers should be fine there
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Sorry my mistake... its around 40 meters, converts to 400-450 sq feet max
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You've got a big room and you are limited to powering it with undersized speakers--none of the small speakers you are looking at are a good choice for that size room. And subwoofers see the entire space, so you need a good sub as well. Get the best speakers you can.

I think you should go with option 6: Get a pair of Minx Min 21s, the SVS PB-1000 sub, and the Onkyo TX-NR616 receiver now. Wait until you can buy the rest until you can afford it, even if it's a year from now. And let the wife know that you are waiting to make sure you get small speakers that she will like, rather than getting much bigger ones that would better suit a big room smile.gif

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Hi,

I agree with the last poster - I currently have a Min21/Min20 system in a W4m x D4m room & they sound really great - bearing in mind these are 'lifestyle' speakers, they sound astonishingly good for their size & are much better for music & vocals than many of the other similar small speakers I have heard.

The SVS SB1000/PB1000 would be a superb match for them at a great price!

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Bazzy, what exact setup do you have with the Minx, do you have the CA subwoofer?

CE4145: Thanks for your help, if I went upo a little in size what speakers do you know would be the next up in size from the Minx, that would involve better audio for around the same budget?

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I think the Minx 21s are the step up over the Minx 10/11 in that regard. That's why I said I would start with a pair of those and a good sub to have the best small satellite system.

The next step up is to get larger driver speakers that produce their own midbass. But those are a good bit larger. Something like the Cambridge Audio S30 for left and right and the S30 for the center. The S30s are considered by many on AVS to be one of the best overall speakers for their price range. Then you could use S20s for the surrounds.

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Thanks CE 4145, I agree but is does always come back to the subwoofer price, what would be the least expensive sub with which you would compromise on this kind of setup? I guess my use would be mostly TV and music with a bit of HT on the side?

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I'd go for 5 NHT SuperZeros at $100 each or $60 each for the discontinued 2.0 version if still available.

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Thanks CE 4145, I agree but is does always come back to the subwoofer price, what would be the least expensive sub with which you would compromise on this kind of setup? I guess my use would be mostly TV and music with a bit of HT on the side?

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Depends on which speakers you get smile.gif

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I'd go for 5 NHT SuperZeros at $100 each or $60 each for the discontinued 2.0 version if still available.

The NHT SuperZero 2.0 closeout at $60 is over. Now NHT's SuperZero 2.0 page redirects to a page that only adds the new SuperZero 2.1s to your cart.

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3 Minx 20's
2 Minx 10's

or

4 Minx 11's
1 Minx 21

or

2 minx 11's
1 Minx 21's
2 Minx 10's for the back....
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Bazzy, what exact setup do you have with the Minx, do you have the CA subwoofer?

CE4145: Thanks for your help, if I went upo a little in size what speakers do you know would be the next up in size from the Minx, that would involve better audio for around the same budget?

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Hi,

I have Min21's for L/C/R and L/R & R/R's with Min20's for Wides & Heights although currently not all are hooked up! I also have the Minx X500 Subwoofer as well as the XTZ 99W10.16 and Velodyne SPL-800 Ultra Subs.

You have been given very good advice by others - if small size is important then the Minx are the way to go but if you can accommodate bigger speakers then there is a vast choice out there - bear in mind though that they will be considerably bigger.

It is very important with the Minx to get a sub that can go up to at least 150hz if not more - a number of options in the USA but for the best matching at the best performance/price ratio the SVS models mentioned would be just perfect.

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I have a suggestion: order a pair of Minux 10s, the receiver, and the PB-1000 to start.

Try it out at home with them in the front knowing that they can always be used as your surround speakers, whatever you decide. If you feel that's pretty good for what you want for sound from the front of your room, then you can order 3 more Minx 10 with confidence. If you feel a little underwhelmed or would like a little better SQ, then wait until you can afford 3 Minx 21s or 2 Minux 11 and 1 21 for the front.

If you feel really underwhelmed, then know you have to persuade the wife to let you have some bigger speakers for your front soundstage. However, now you would have an example in your house to show her why this is true. smile.gif

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