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post #1 of 7 Old 09-28-2013, 05:35 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm almost finished with a dedicated HT.  I'm robbing most of my existing speakers from the living room (Klipsch F-3, C-2) so I'm looking for options to replace my existing setup.

 

I believe I've settled on a Samsung UN75F6400.  I was exploring soundbar options, but remembered I have a Yamaha AVR (mid-range model that's ~ 5 years old; I'll update with the model # later if it's relevant) that I'm upgrading for the HT.  Is it possible to run a 3.1 setup that will sound good?  Should I stick to a decent pair of book shelf speakers?  Or maybe something like the Klipsch G-42?

 

I also have the option to use my current sub (Klipsch 10") and get an upgrade for the HT, but I think I would rather have something with a bit slimmer design for the living room.

 

 

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I would skip the soundbar - and go 3.1 with bookshelves and center speaker.

If you want small - then look at Cambridge Audio
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/CAMBS30OAK/CAMBRIDGE-AUDIO-S30-4-2-way-Bookshelf-Speakers-Pair-Dark-Oak/1.html

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/CAMBS50OAK/CAMBRIDGE-AUDIO-S50-4-3-Way-Center-Channel-Speaker-Dark-Oak/1.html

Or, NHT SuperZero speakers
http://www.nhthifi.com/Bookshelf-speaker-SuperZero-2-1?sc=12&category=3772

Do you have some type of budget?

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Either of these could be good setups, although I would lean toward the Cambridge. Then you just need a good sub smile.gif

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No set budget, but I don't intend to get crazy.


Will the AVR sound ok without rear speakers? No "missing sound" etc? Just leave it in 5.1 mode and hook up bookshelves and a center?
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You might want to consider getting four of the Pioneer BS-22 speakers, which are VERY good and cost only about $130 per pair.

Then get a matching Pioneer center speaker.

To get an idea how great those are for the money, check out the review Stereophile did on them recently.
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Forget the soundbar, I think they sound terrible. Use your Yamaha AVR and get an Ascend CMT-340SE center + 2 CBM-170SE bookshelf speakers. Sanus makes suitable stands for them.
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If you ever decide to add more speakers, a sub, or update your AVR, it's nice to know you can.
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No set budget, but I don't intend to get crazy.

Will the AVR sound ok without rear speakers? No "missing sound" etc? Just leave it in 5.1 mode and hook up bookshelves and a center?

You can set the AVR to 3.1

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