Originally Posted by smuggymba
Can you name some speaker brands that offer a good quality sound in the 5-8K range for a whole 7.1 setup. I'm planning on building a baffle wall and use a Seymour AT Screen.
I see that people using an AT screen go for Procella, JTR , Seaton, Genelac etc brands and they are in the 14-15K range and I don't plan to spend that much just for speakers. No doubt I would love those high end speakers but they are out of budget
How about Klipsch (RF7II), Energy, Definitive Technology brands? Are they decent enough for an AT screen/Baffle wall? Can we get B-Stock Procella, JTR's in the 5-8K range
? What speakers would you recommend for that price range for an AT screen?
For reference, a Klipsch RF 7II system on ebay (acousticsounddesign) is around $8500.00
2 RF-7II Towers
1 RC-64 II Center
4 RS-62II Surrounds(Black Only)
SW-311 Subwoofer.(Black Only)
This would not be an optimal system for behind an AT screen. You are overspending on the fronts and badly shortchanging the subwoofer.
First of all, get multiple subs, and let them take care of the bass. Don't spend money on full range towers like the RF-7s when you can get a good pair of subs that will take care of the bass range much better. Go for speakers that don't try to do deep bass at all.
Second, you wouldn't want a horizontal center for an AT screen. Horizontal centers are compromised form factors for entertainment centers. The ideal is three identical vertical speakers for the front stage.
Third, the RS surround speakers are bipoles which are intended to create a big enveloping sound behind the listener, but it makes for a mess of a sound stage. That's fine for a 5.1 system if that is what you want, but it is pointless for a 7.1 system since such speakers lose distinct points of sound. If you want bipoles, just stick with 5.1. If you want 7.1, get some bookshelf speakers for surrounds. For a Klipsch RF7 system I would go for RB61 or RB51 bookshelf speaker surrounds with a Klipsch setup. The ones I recommend below are likely to be much better though.
Fourth, that subwoofer is awful. That whole system would be so badly top heavy in frequency. You need to allocate much more of your budget into subs and less in the front stage and surrounds.
If it were me, I would go for:
3 Pi Four speakers
for the front stage, with upgraded woofers and tweeters. That would be about $4k. These have huge dynamic range and terrific on and off axis frequency response. They will punch harder and sound smoother than the RF7s.
4 JBL 8320s
for surround speakers. They ought to be able to keep up with Pi Fours and they are THX certified. They will sound nice and be easy to mount. $1k shipped for four.
2 Rythmik FV15HP
subwoofers. These are real overachievers, and a great value in the sub world. About $3k shipped for two.
There is an $8K system that would be worlds better than the Klipsch setup.