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I am in the process of getting the basement finished.
Getting a theater room primarily for watching movies and sports on a screen.
The theater room dimensions are 13 X 26. Will use a projector. No window or light issues.
None of the equipment is ready except the receiver (Pioneer SC-1522-K) and am in the process of researching speakers.
Discussing the same with my colleague and he offered to sell his existing setup

Receiver: Yamaha RX-V3900
Subwoofer: Velodyne Optimum 10
Floor standing front: 2 Polk Audio RTi 150
Rear : 2 Polk Audio R150
Center : Polk Audio CSi 40

He is asking $1400 for the whole setup. Is this a good speaker package?
I did some research and the receiver and sub have nice reviews.
Can you guys give your advice on the other speakers please?

I was planning on spending about $1500 - $2000 just for the speakers. Do you guys think I'll find a decent setup with my budget?

Thanks
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I am in the process of getting the basement finished.
Getting a theater room primarily for watching movies and sports on a screen.
The theater room dimensions are 13 X 26. Will use a projector. No window or light issues.
None of the equipment is ready except the receiver (Pioneer SC-1522-K) and am in the process of researching speakers.
Discussing the same with my colleague and he offered to sell his existing setup

Receiver: Yamaha RX-V3900
Subwoofer: Velodyne Optimum 10
Floor standing front: 2 Polk Audio RTi 150
Rear : 2 Polk Audio R150
Center : Polk Audio CSi 40

He is asking $1400 for the whole setup. Is this a good speaker package?
I did some research and the receiver and sub have nice reviews.
Can you guys give your advice on the other speakers please?

I was planning on spending about $1500 - $2000 just for the speakers. Do you guys think I'll find a decent setup with my budget?

Thanks

Not for that price. The entire package is dated. You don't need the AVR and the sub is WAY too small for your room.

With a $2000 budget, plan on spending about $1000 on a sub or subs. Something like a pair of SVS PB1000s or a single HSU VTF-15 or PSA XV15.

So that leaves you $1000 for speakers. Check out EMP TEK. They are having a terrific sale. If you want Polk speakers check Newegg or Fry's.

Call AVS, for prices on various speaker lines. They sell Klipsch. You should be able to get a nice 5 channel Klipsch set for $1000.

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Yeah that seems to dated for me as well. The receiver especially.
If your looking primarily for HT, then pick a speaker system that fits well, especially the surrounds and center. but get a really good sub. I would get something like a SVSound PB12, then you don't really need big tower speakers.
The problem with buying a total 5.1 system, is the sub is usually going to be a smaller, underpowered sub. For smaller rooms these can be fine.
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Thanks Kini and MTN.

Checked EMP TEK and looks like their sale ends in few days. Since I am in a good sized market (Washington DC) I am thinking about trying my luck on Craigs.
Thanks again.
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Not for that price. The entire package is dated. You don't need the AVR and the sub is WAY too small for your room.

With a $2000 budget, plan on spending about $1000 on a sub or subs. Something like a pair of SVS PB1000s or a single HSU VTF-15 or PSA XV15.

So that leaves you $1000 for speakers. Check out EMP TEK. They are having a terrific sale. If you want Polk speakers check Newegg or Fry's.

Call AVS, for prices on various speaker lines. They sell Klipsch. You should be able to get a nice 5 channel Klipsch set for $1000.

In fact you can get the R150 bookshelf speakers for $49/pr right now from Fry's.
http://www.frys.com/ads/page5#AdNavi

The receiver is about 5 years old but it does do TrueHD and DTS-MA decoding and has 2 HDMI outputs plus networking so its not bad but you don't need it.

The Polk towers aren't bad either but $1400 is a little steep for this system.

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I agree with these other guys, I wouldn't spend that much on that system and buying used electronics is always a gamble, AVRs can die real fast on you. Right now is a good time to get some great deal on new speakers and subs. For instance, check out the new R150s that afrogt linked to if you want those particular Polks. 

 

You do need a better sub for that size of room. You may want to look at Outlaw Audio, they have a great deal on the LFM1-EX, $599 shipped. That's a very good sub, you could get two of those at a great savings. If not that then I agree with the other sub choices already mentioned: SVS PB12-NSD, PSA XV15, Hsu VTF-15. Of those I lean towards the XV15 for your sized room, I have the same size room and the XV15 does a great job in it.

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If EMP TEK is such a good deal should I just buy the sub now and try on craigs for other speakers (center, rear and front).
The reason being I don't think I am ready yet to buy all speakers before the 30th.
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If EMP TEK is such a good deal should I just buy the sub now and try on craigs for other speakers (center, rear and front).
The reason being I don't think I am ready yet to buy all speakers before the 30th.

I would look at Emptek as a speaker option and the ID companies listed in my other post for subs.

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