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Before i start i'd like to say i'm a complete newbie so please all you audiophiles out there guide me in the 'right' direction.

So, the story goes a little like this..

My dad wanted to buy an Audio system 5.1/7.1 so we head off to future shop and he decides that he like the 'bose acoustimas 10 series IV' so we ended up picking that up (even after me telling him not to) Along with that we picked up the YAMAHA RXV575 which we are happy with.

After getting home he finally decided to listen to me and now we're going to return the bose since there are clearly better options out the for that price.

SO! this is where i need your expertise.

what would you suggest for a GOOD 5.1 system. I am open to building a system piece by piece (preference would be the speakers be all the same brand, sub being different would not matter.)

budget: $1000

some other details:
flooring: wood
room size: about 12 x 18 (rough estimate)

purchased the receiver for $408
and the speaker came up to $899

Thanks in advance!

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Definitive Technology Pro Monitor 800 series is at Best Buy Magnolia (test them out) is worth a look. Solid 5.1 system. If you can swing a $1,500 budget, the PM 1000 series is their top end system. You can wall mount or shelf these speakers.

Check the reviews out on Amazon and here on AVS under the Definitive Technology 600/800/1000 thread that is 225 pages long.

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For the speakers the Ascend Acoustics HTM-200SE [URL=http://forum.ascendacoustics.com/showthread.php?5525-Black-Friday-Thanksgiving-Sale![/URL]

For the sub the STF-2 from HSU [URL=http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/stf-2.html[/URL]

If u can spend $100 for the upgrade to the 170 L/R and the 340 center it should be a really nice upgrade.
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For the speakers the Ascend Acoustics HTM-200SE [URL=http://forum.ascendacoustics.com/showthread.php?5525-Black-Friday-Thanksgiving-Sale![/URL]

For the sub the STF-2 from HSU [URL=http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/stf-2.html[/URL]

If u can spend $100 for the upgrade to the 170 L/R and the 340 center it should be a really nice upgrade.

+1 on all counts. (For $100 more the second Ascend 5.1 system on sale is a big step up!)
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I would go with the Cambridge Audio speakers on closeout at www.accessories4less.com. These are fantastic speakers, and offer great value. You can get the S70 fronts, S50 center, and S30 for surround, and the total comes to $590. You can find dozens of reviews and comparisons here on AVS, and they are very well reviewed and would be a night and day improvement over the Bose. This leaves you about $300 for your sub, I would take a look at the BIC PL-200. If you wouldn't mind spending a little more, the SVS PB-1000 is a fantastic option. It represents the entry point to good subs, and will get you flat response and 19Hz extension. While it puts you over budget, it would be a worthwhile upgrade in my opinion.

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Cambridge Audio is a good deal, and here is the Cambridge link >
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/brand/cambridge%20audio/results/1.html

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OP,

Curious as to what went into your decision to choose your username? On the surface, it would appear to be in poor taste.


As for speakers:
Fronts - Pioneer SP-FS52
Center - Pioneer SP-C22
Surrounds - Pioneer SP-BS22-LR
Total $490 (@ Best Buy prices)

Sub - SVS PB1000 - $500
or is you can swing a little more money,
Rythmik LV12R - $589

Not sure what that would come out to in Canadian $.

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+1 the Cambridge Audio as lower budget option for speakers. Another best-bang-for-the-buck speaker at it's price point. If the CA speakers allow you get a better sub then they would be my recommendation also.
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