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jeiparmar's Avatar jeiparmar 03:13 PM 10-11-2013

Hey All,

 

I've been snooping around for a while on AVS; and am now finally ready to build out my first set up. Based on some reading over various forums; it seems to me that going the 3.1 or 3.2 route would be more beneficial for me[due to my budget constraint]. I do plan on eventually [6-12 month time frame] converting to a 5.1/5.2 set up. Here are the room details:

 

175" L x 114" W x 108" H

 

The room will be a dedicated media room. Movies, Shows, Football...etc.

 

My budget right now is $1,500 for speakers/sub[s] and receiver. I definitely prefer speaker quality over speaker quantity. 

 

The seating distance will range from 96" - 146". The audio set up will be joining a 106" Projector set up.

 

My questions are basically coming down to:

 

1. Whether I would benefit from the purchase of 2 subs?

 

2. What speakers / subs?

[I know this is opinionated but I'd like the feedback. Yes, I have already done tons of searching. Lots of threads are dated and I'd like some information dated as of 10/2013]

 

Any help and feedback will be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks all!

 

-Jaz



Elihawk's Avatar Elihawk 03:24 PM 10-11-2013
With a 1500 dollar budget, I would guess u need to figure 300 for a decent Avr. That leaves 1200 for speakers/sub. I would start with a single sub (how big is ur room?) and maybe two good bookshelf speakers. Maybe ascend acoustic cmt340 (about 600/pr) and a 12 inch Svs sub (around 500 plus shipping). Then you can upgrade later with a center and second sub, as funds allow.
Valtyr's Avatar Valtyr 03:41 PM 10-11-2013
See, I'd start with two SVS PB1000, then get Cambridge Audio S30's from A4L and the Cambridge Audio S50 from A4L. While you're on A4L I'd recommend you get the Denon 1713

Yes you will benefit from having two subs, a more level sounding performance and increased decibel level will be the biggest things you notice.

Subs $950
Fronts $169
Center $149
AVR $269

In total you're $37 over for without much doubt the best 3.2 system in this price range.
jeiparmar's Avatar jeiparmar 04:10 PM 10-11-2013
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With a 1500 dollar budget, I would guess u need to figure 300 for a decent Avr. That leaves 1200 for speakers/sub. I would start with a single sub (how big is ur room?) and maybe two good bookshelf speakers. Maybe ascend acoustic cmt340 (about 600/pr) and a 12 inch Svs sub (around 500 plus shipping). Then you can upgrade later with a center and second sub, as funds allow.

 

175" L x 114" W x 108" H


jeiparmar's Avatar jeiparmar 04:11 PM 10-11-2013
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Originally Posted by Valtyr View Post

See, I'd start with two SVS PB1000, then get Cambridge Audio S30's from A4L and the Cambridge Audio S50 from A4L. While you're on A4L I'd recommend you get the Denon 1713

Yes you will benefit from having two subs, a more level sounding performance and increased decibel level will be the biggest things you notice.

Subs $950
Fronts $169
Center $149
AVR $269

In total you're $37 over for without much doubt the best 3.2 system in this price range.

 

Thanks Valtyr.

 

Would these even compare to what you mentioned?

 

http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/core/view_BigProduct.cfm?sdtid=6332900&pid=4737

 

Thanks n advance!


cel4145's Avatar cel4145 06:59 PM 10-11-2013
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Originally Posted by jeiparmar View Post

Thanks Valtyr.

Would these even compare to what you mentioned?

http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/core/view_BigProduct.cfm?sdtid=6332900&pid=4737

Thanks n advance!

If you like the Klipsch sound, those could be some good speakers (I have not heard them).

However, the BIC PL-200 is not in the same class as the SVS PB-1000. The BIC PL-200 regularly goes for around $280 and is considered an excellent sub at its price point.
Valtyr's Avatar Valtyr 09:33 PM 10-11-2013
I agree with cel. I think what I recommended is 10x better. BIC is great for some people but when you have the ability to purchase what I recommended I think it would be bad to not get it. I think at this price level the money most well-spent is on subwoofers. The PB1000 is what you need in your life. If you're wanting towers, you can ramp up the S30 recommendation and get the tower S70's from the same site. It will cost more than what you said you wanted to spend now. The best money you will spend in this price range is with a sub, getting two is a really smart idea if you can afford it in a package like this.

Here is another thought, you can get the S70 towers and bypass the S50 center too. No harm in trying that, the price should be even less than you want to spend.
cel4145's Avatar cel4145 09:48 PM 10-11-2013
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Here is another thought, you can get the S70 towers and bypass the S50 center too. No harm in trying that, the price should be even less than you want to spend.

The only thing is that the S series is on closeout. If you bypass the S50, you might have a hard time finding one later at a reasonable price.
jeiparmar's Avatar jeiparmar 11:51 AM 10-12-2013

Thank you Cel / Valtyr for your informative responses. I believe I will definitely go with the SVS PB1000 subs as you mentioned. I will do a little more digging on speaker options. Do any other speakers come to mind in this price range? [my remaining price range after subs and receiver that is T__T].

 

Thanks.

 

-Jaz


Valtyr's Avatar Valtyr 03:10 PM 10-12-2013
You could get the Pioneer Andrew Jackson's in tower or bookshelf form, but to be honest they'll be a downgrade in sound quality from Cambridge.

I had a few more ideas! These ones may signify similar or better sound quality to the Cambridge Audio S30's. Just so you know, you will not need more than a bookshelf since you will have two amazing subwoofers. Unless you must have towers because you only appreciate their appearance you should really be looking at bookshelf speakers only.

HSU HB-1 MK2
Ascend Acoustics - CBM-170 SE
HTD - Level TWO
Arx - A1B

These are all some pretty popular recommendations on the fora.
jeiparmar's Avatar jeiparmar 06:29 PM 10-12-2013
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Originally Posted by Valtyr View Post

You could get the Pioneer Andrew Jackson's in tower or bookshelf form, but to be honest they'll be a downgrade in sound quality from Cambridge.

I had a few more ideas! These ones may signify similar or better sound quality to the Cambridge Audio S30's. Just so you know, you will not need more than a bookshelf since you will have two amazing subwoofers. Unless you must have towers because you only appreciate their appearance you should really be looking at bookshelf speakers only.

HSU HB-1 MK2
Ascend Acoustics - CBM-170 SE
HTD - Level TWO
Arx - A1B

These are all some pretty popular recommendations on the fora.

 

BAH! THE DECISIONS TO MAKE!!!!

 

On paper the Ascend Accoustics CBM-170 SE BOOKSHELF or the HSU HB-1 MK 2 speakers seem to the best. They cost a bit more but definitely seem worth the extra $100 or so.

 

I'm less familiar with these brands; any info on reliability and extended use? Maybe in personal applications or maybe reviews from personal sources?


cel4145's Avatar cel4145 08:55 PM 10-12-2013
I have the CMB-170 SEs. I prefer them to the Cambridge Audio S30s. smile.gif
Valtyr's Avatar Valtyr 09:57 PM 10-12-2013
If you were willing to shell out the extra money for any of the ones I mentioned, I'd probably suggest CMB-170 SEs because cel4145 prefers them. I've really grown accustomed to trusting cel's opinion as it very closely matches mine in most cases.

The original suggestion was $37 over budget, the Ascends with a matching center would be approximately $400 over. What are your thoughts on the price difference? Is it something you're comfortable with?
cel4145's Avatar cel4145 10:06 PM 10-12-2013
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Originally Posted by Valtyr View Post

If you were willing to shell out the extra money for any of the ones I mentioned, I'd probably suggest CMB-170 SEs because cel4145 prefers them. I've really grown accustomed to trusting cel's opinion as it very closely matches mine in most cases.

The original suggestion was $37 over budget, the Ascends with a matching center would be approximately $400 over. What are your thoughts on the price difference? Is it something you're comfortable with?

I don't want to claim that someone else would necessarily like the CBM-170 SEs better than the S30s. Just that I do smile.gif I think that they are a step up, but listener preference is a big factor.
NAIM101's Avatar NAIM101 10:30 PM 10-12-2013
The mid-bass control on the 170SE's are far better than the S30's. And they are just as about accurate on FR as well. 170SE's are a better deal.
zieglj01's Avatar zieglj01 10:53 PM 10-12-2013
It all comes down to preference and taste, there are some nice speaker options out there.
However the Cambridge is not a wimp, and they will play down to around 60 hz.
Valtyr's Avatar Valtyr 11:19 PM 10-12-2013
zieglj01 is the reason why half the forum knows about S30 and why I have them myself. (Thank you)

I haven't heard the Ascend's but I know they're well received. My only concern with them is they'll drive the price up to almost $400 more than what the OP wanted to pay in the first place (with the matching center).
smasher50's Avatar smasher50 06:56 AM 10-13-2013
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