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Currently looking to outfit our family room with some new speakers. It's about 20x20x12, open room, hardwood floors. Pre-wired for 5.1 setup as it's a new home.

 

I am considering a couple of different configurations. For the front, am considering:

1) B&W CM5 or 685

2) Paradigm Studio 20's

3) Ascend Sierra 1's

4) Monitor Audio RX2's

 

For the rear, I need an in-wall speaker to match with them. This is easy for all but the Sierra 1's. Also planning to do a phantom center. So, a few questions:

 

1) For a room of this size, what would general recommendations be from what I've listed about? Tower speakers not an option, so looking for best bookshelf.

2) For teh Sierra's -- what would be a good rear built in match? Honestly they are probably the ones I'd like to buy for the front, but not sure what to match them up with.

3) Anything else I should be considering? Trying to top out at ~$1500 for the front 2, $500-600 for the back. Powering with a Marantz SR5008.

 

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Admittedly, I am somewhat biased, but I can highly recommend the Legacy Audio Studio HD.....

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^ Wow! Nice looking speakers.

Some other possible choices-

Kef LS50s

NHT Classic Three (would be easy to get the in walls or a center down the road if you wanted).

Wharfdale Jade series

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Your surrounds do not "need" to match your fronts {unless you plan on 5 ch music}.  

For built in surrounds I would go with either

http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-Surround-In-Wall-Speaker-Paintable/dp/B002WXD0M8/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1382559247&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=IW+606+SUR+FG

or

http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-IC610SUR-JAMO-Installation-Sp/dp/B002IK9OSO/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382559388&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=IC+610+SUR+FG

 

I have heard many "built in "speakers, and these shine over the rest...

 

another good option for an inwall surround is the psb, I never a b compared them , they are all nice for sure http://www.designeraudiovideo.com/psb-speakers-cw260.html?gclid=CKvn39vkrboCFU9o7AodI0cAfg

 

For your front bookshelf speakers, since you are going phantom center I would consider something like the ascend 340se or the Artisan R270, ...  What I noticed with phantom especially in larger rooms is you want a very strong bookshelf, something with dual 6.5's is nice, I have tried it with a few different bookshelfs including the sierras, I can honestly say this is something you are going to want to demo..  I have heard the r270's in a 4.1 HT system and they sounded great, but for the price the 340's are hard to beat...

 

PS Im sure the legacy 8" listed above would also get the job done {I heard the expressions, which if I remember had a very similar driver in them, and they sounded very natural}, just stay away from anything with a single 4-5 inch'ish driver...


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This is all great input and advice -- I appreciate it, guys.

 

I am planning on using the system for 5.1 (well, 4.1 I suppose) music -- that's one of my primary uses, actually. I assume, based on the comment above, that this drives a need to have all 4 speakers by the same manufacturer? If so, I think that narrows my choices to the B&W's, Paradigms, Monitors, or the NHT speakers listed above, as these are the only ones that offer in-wall options that I could put in for the rear speakers. 

 

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This is all great input and advice -- I appreciate it, guys.

 

I am planning on using the system for 5.1 (well, 4.1 I suppose) music -- that's one of my primary uses, actually. I assume, based on the comment above, that this drives a need to have all 4 speakers by the same manufacturer? If so, I think that narrows my choices to the B&W's, Paradigms, Monitors, or the NHT speakers listed above, as these are the only ones that offer in-wall options that I could put in for the rear speakers. 

 

Thanks

Matt

 

PSB has really nice in walls and some of the best sounding bookshelfs I ever heard, the One B's and Imagine B's are really nice and while the synchony's may be out of the price range {around $2000 a pair}, but the Imagine Bs can be found in your budget, I like the imagine series, the T2 towers are amazing, and I can't wait to get a deal on a used pair soon...

 

I don't want you to misunderstand about the music playing, I hate multi channel music, when you play music you will switch the a 2.1 or 2 channel direct mode and the music will come from just your front 2 speakers...  Some people play music through their surrounds, I personally can not stand it, as a lot of other people feel the same way, the tuner, ipod, music settings on most avr's automatically go to 2 channel mode...


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Thanks for the input -- will take a look at the PSBs.

 

To clarify on the music playing -- I have some stuff specially mixed for surround systems --e.g. Eagles Hell Freezes Over DVD. Not just for playing regular music. For that you're right, 2.1 is how I plan to use it.

 

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Thanks for the input -- will take a look at the PSBs.

To clarify on the music playing -- I have some stuff specially mixed for surround systems --e.g. Eagles Hell Freezes Over DVD. Not just for playing regular music. For that you're right, 2.1 is how I plan to use it.

Matt

PSB has some nice stuff

Have you also looked at Focal - with the good pricing on bookshelves
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-139677-focal-chorus-806v-bookshelf-speakers-pr.aspx

http://www.musicdirect.com/p-139678-focal-chorus-807v-bookshelf-speakers-pr.aspx

Their in-walls are not discounted - however, the bookshelves leave some more room to work with
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-109407-focal-iw706v-in-wall-speaker-ea.aspx

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