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I am planning on building a small theater in my home and need speaker recommendations. The room will only be 1320 cubic feet. I do plan to sound proof it. What would you recommend for this small space? I currently have a pioneer vx30 elite receiver that I am running 5.1 with. I want to run 7.1 but don't know if that amp will do it or not. Where should I start???
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I am planning on building a small theater in my home and need speaker recommendations. The room will only be 1320 cubic feet. I do plan to sound proof it. What would you recommend for this small space? I currently have a pioneer vx30 elite receiver that I am running 5.1 with. I want to run 7.1 but don't know if that amp will do it or not. Where should I start???

My first thought is that in that small of a space you might have a time placing seven speakers.

My next thought is what is your budget and what will be your listening preferences.
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I am planning on building a small theater in my home and need speaker recommendations. The room will only be 1320 cubic feet. I do plan to sound proof it. What would you recommend for this small space? I currently have a pioneer vx30 elite receiver that I am running 5.1 with. I want to run 7.1 but don't know if that amp will do it or not. Where should I start???

Did you mean the vsx30? If so, you can do 7.1. First, start by telling everyone what your budget is. Second, don't scrimp on a sub. Look for one at least in the $500 range. If you go on to the subwoofer forum and put best sub for $500, you'll get lots of stuff back. I'd also go listen to different types of speakers and you can at least tell people the brands you seem to like. That will help them give you advice on some that you may not get a chance to hear. Everyone has certain brands that they like, but only you can tell what makes you happy in the end. Happy hunting.

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I am imagining my budget is around $1500 per year and the project will take 3-4 years.

Is the vsx30 a respectable enough receiver????
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I am imagining my budget is around $1500 per year and the project will take 3-4 years.

Is the vsx30 a respectable enough receiver????

Yes the Pioneer receiver is nice - I own one

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Do you plan on having one to two rows of seating?

If its one, IMO you're better off sticking to 5.1 instead of 7.1 and use the money saved from not having to buy two extra rear speakers and get a better 5 channel setup.

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Never thought about that! Just thought more is better. Most likely there will be a 90 degree sectional. So maybe 5.1 is okay???
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Never thought about that! Just thought more is better. Most likely there will be a 90 degree sectional. So maybe 5.1 is okay???

If you only have one row of seating and the rear speakers are close to the seating IMO you don't really get the full benefits of the extra rears.

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Great! That will save some money! Now what are some recommended speakers for the 5.1 set up in a small space?!?
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Well what's your total budget for 5 speakers? And a sub?

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I am imagining my budget is around $1500 per year and the project will take 3-4 years.

Look at the HSU Hybrid package
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hybrid3pkg.html

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Chase has their new Theater-10 speakers coming out soon at $300per speaker, they could turn out to be a amazing performance to dollar value.

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JTR Noesis 228HT (LCR)
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Things have changed and now I will have the theater in a larger room and will most likely have two rows. Still looking at the HSU package with the VTF-15H sub. But some have said that two subs will be better than one. Any other recommendations? Budget will be $1500-$2000 for everything. I would like to do in wall speakers but it is looking like that would be too expensive.
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Things have changed and now I will have the theater in a larger room and will most likely have two rows. Still looking at the HSU package with the VTF-15H sub. But some have said that two subs will be better than one. Any other recommendations? Budget will be $1500-$2000 for everything. I would like to do in wall speakers but it is looking like that would be too expensive.

What are the dimensions of the larger room?

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HSU package is a decent option. NHT either super zero or absolute line in a bigger room, with appropriate sub (I'd probably still suggest an HSU sub). By 1.5-2k for all, that is speakers adn wires only, not other electronics, projector, etc. I hope (we could do that too, with several compromises).
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The room is not too much bigger. It is 14' wide by 19'6" deep by 7'6" tall. So still a modest space.

If going with the HSU package how could I mount the LCR speakers behind the AT screen?
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The room is not too much bigger. It is 14' wide by 19'6" deep by 7'6" tall. So still a modest space.

If going with the HSU package how could I mount the LCR speakers behind the AT screen?

Depending on the space behind the screen
http://www.amazon.com/VideoSecu-Clamping-Mounting-Surrounding-MS56B/dp/B000X9O8SI

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HSU package is a decent option. NHT either super zero or absolute line in a bigger room, with appropriate sub (I'd probably still suggest an HSU sub). By 1.5-2k for all, that is speakers adn wires only, not other electronics, projector, etc. I hope (we could do that too, with several compromises).

Yes $1500 ish for just the speakers. I will look at the NHTs too. Thanks.
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Have you thought about DIY subs and speakers?  You could probably build a great set for the space you have.

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Yes, thanks!  I am all over it right now trying to learn everything to try to build my own for an affordable cost, but just like anything the DIY can easily get out of control as well (I am learning!).  

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I know what you mean!  I've been checking out the diysoundgroup and reading the reviews on here.  My first project is going to be a DIY sub just to get the hang of speaker building, seems like the best bang for the buck.

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