I'm moving to a new apartment where the living area is double the size of what we have now. For years, I've been using M&K 7 setup which I've been moderately happy with.
Some info about the room and my gear:
- Space is about 12' x 21' with 8' high ceilings. (About 2100-2500 cubic feet)
- Viewing distance is about 12' from TV to the sofa
- The 2 relevant pieces of gear that are moving with us are an Onkyo TX-NR1007 receiver and a Hsu STF-2 subwoofer.
- Only looking at doing a 3.1 system since don't have room for 2 rears.
This is the layout of the new room, which shows the TV area next to the eating area and kitchen. I've annotated it with our plan of where to put things:
- I'm looking at theAscend Acoustics Sierra, Ascend Acoustics CMT-340SE, Aperion Audio Verus Grand and the NHT Classic 3. I've also crazily looked at the Ascend Sierra-2's since everyone keeps raving about them, but wow, what a jump from the Sierra-1's! What else should I be looking at (or eliminating from the list)?
- All the speakers I'm looking at have corresponding center channels in their same "series". I spend 80% of time watching movies and TV, and 20% music. Given this, I"ve been putting a lot of thought into a great center channel and going "up" to better centers. Would this create any acoustic problems?
- Will the HSU STF-2 be sufficient for my room? I've been using this sub for 5+ years and love it, but it's always been in smaller spaces. The Hsu site doesn't really help much with advice on room size.
(Update on 3/3
based on figuring out that bookshelfs won't work due to the intended setup. I'm back to looking at Tower speakers, or bookshelfs with heavy bases. Also eliminated some of the other questions since they were answered by people below)Note:
I spend 80% of time watching movies and TV, and 20% music.
Here's the list of towers I'm considering:
- Ascend Acoustics Sierra Tower
- Ascend Acoustics Sierra 1 with the pedestal stands. ~$300 more expensive than the CMT-340SE. Reviews I"ve read all over talk about how great they are for music but not necessarily mentioning that much about HT. Also not sure for my 80/20 HT and Music split whether the NRT upgrade is worth it (which would add an additional $300).
- NHT Absolute Towers. I'd likely combine this with the higher up TwoC or ThreeC center channel instead of the absolute.
- Marting Logan Motion 40. More spendy at $900-ish per speaker but reviews seem to be super positive. However, I've read more than a handful of tepid reviews on the Motion center channel which worries me.
- Definitive Technology BP-8040ST. They have integrated subwoofers in each.
- SVS Ultra Towers - Like the ML Motion 40's, these have integrated subs.
- Paradigm Monitor 11. Wasn't on my list originally, but I've read some great reviews in the last day (e.g this one)
- Anthony Gallo Classico CL-3. Haven't done as much research on these, and not totally sure on the WAF due to cabinet shape, but many forum members rave about these.
I ruled out the Aperion Audio Verus Grand Towers
, solely because the matching center channel
is gargantuan. At 24.75" wide, it won't fit in the media console.
Budget wise for the speakers, I'd ideally want to spend no more than $2500 for left, right and center.
Would love your input on the above speakers, or any I should be adding to the list.