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Hello, I am a new member here. I am currently building a extra room in my basement, mainly as a theater room. I could use a little help choosing the right speaker/reciever combo.

 

First off, I dont necessarily need 5.1 surround sound, but perhaps i would like the option to do so. I dont want to break the bank too bad, but definatly want loud, clear speakers. Id also really like floor standing speakers. Currently looking at Polk tsw400 and the Klipsch f-30 floor standing speakers right now. I may eventually get a subwoofer, but would like to slowly get that stuff, so probably just the floor standers and a reciever right now.

 

Anyway, could anyone point out maybe a better combination, or better speakers for the money? Also could i get some reccomendations to properly power these speakers. Like i said, maybe a 5.1 reciever that way i could slowly upgrade to a 5.1 system if i so desired. But i am a novice, so i will take in all advice.

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Lots of speakers will play loud and clear, but everyone has a different definition of what clear means. That said, when someone says loud and clear, I think Axiom, Klipsch, and Paradigm all of which are efficient and don't require lots of power to crank. Get out and listen at some local shops.
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I played the Polk and klipsch next to each other with same power. Klipsch was louder not even trying and more clear.
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I played the Polk and klipsch next to each other with same power. Klipsch was louder not even trying and more clear.

I would definitely give Axiom a look too.
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Okay I will. Like I said id like to spend maybe 250 max per floor stander. Preferably cheaper. Also. What reccomendation can I get to power speakers in this range? Keep in mind I would like to add a sub eventually
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There aren't many options in the $250/speaker tower range. I would consider the HTD Level Two tower ($400/pair), Arx A3rx-c ($269/speaker), and the Infinity Primus 363 (frequently at $400/pair).

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Infinity Primus 363 currently on sale @ Fry's for 107 each, pickup only, and Amazon has matched them, but currently out of stock, but you can order at that price and they'll ship when they come in. smile.gif

If you want a really good one, you'll have to learn a foreign language. german, for instance...
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For 107? Not bad. How does the infinty primus stack up against klipsch f30?
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The Klpisch F30 @ $400/pr. is a good deal. They are very efficient, so you won't need alot of power. Those 2 8" woofers will help in the bass dept. until you can get a sub.

If you're making this a theater,plan on getting a god sub down the road. Save up and try not to skimp on the sub.
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I like the looks of the infinity primus p363... If I go with them, could anyone make some good recommendations for a receiver to power them?
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I will be getting a subwoofer probably sooner than later to mate with the floor standing speakers
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I will be getting a subwoofer probably sooner than later to mate with the floor standing speakers
I would highly suggest not buying the infinity primus speakers. I have found them to be cheaply made, and with a sound profile that hurt my ears. I might suggest looking at the Polk Audio Direct ebay website for discounted deals on their speakers.
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I like the looks of the infinity primus p363... If I go with them, could anyone make some good recommendations for a receiver to power them?
How much do you have to spend on a receiver?
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Up to 300 for reciever preferably less..
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I would highly suggest not buying the infinity primus speakers. I have found them to be cheaply made, and with a sound profile that hurt my ears. I might suggest looking at the Polk Audio Direct ebay website for discounted deals on their speakers.

I don't think they are any more cheaply made than some of the lower tier Polk speakers. Regarding their "sound profile," you may not like them but the OP needs to make that decision by auditioning (or returning them if not satisfied). In any case, some of the other options mentioned in this thread are probably more worth considering.

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Up to 300 for reciever preferably less..
It's gonna be tough to find a decent new AVR for that price that can power tower speakers very effectively.
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I wonder this too. The klipsch f30 sounded good to me. But I don't have anywhere around here to listen to the infinity. And the infinity seem like a better deal following reviews.
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It's gonna be tough to find a decent new AVR for that price that can power tower speakers very effectively.

And a little bit more can get you a lot more - such as a refurbished NAD T748 at Spearit for $400.....

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I'm no audiophile so as far as the recievwr, just something that has some HDMI inputs, decent speaker settings, and power that can get the speakers moving is good enough for me
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Going back to the klipsch f-30. Their so efficient supposedly at 97 dcb. Probably 100w at 8ohm would be more than enough to get loud. My room is only 20x11
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Going back to the klipsch f-30. Their so efficient supposedly at 97 dcb. Probably 100w at 8ohm would be more than enough to get loud. My room is only 20x11
Klipsch is somewhat optimistic on their specs - they will be around 91 db sensitive avg.

However, they will be more than loud for your room - they do not need 100 watts to drive.

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Yeah its not a huge room. I want them to be loud enough
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http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=7874046&pid=1218861655308&pcatId=abcat0202003

what do you think about this receiver to get me started to power floor standing units like the klipsch f-30
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http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=7874046&pid=1218861655308&pcatId=abcat0202003

what do you think about this receiver to get me started to power floor standing units like the klipsch f-30

That is fine

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I would recommend you listen to speakers. You will find that speaker taste tends to be very personal. People hear things differently. Everyone's room is different and that will affect the sonic signature a lot. Try to listen to speakers in home as that will probably give you a more accurate impression than in a treated showroom.

Also don't discount auditioning from Internet direct retailers like HTD, Ascend Acoustics, Arx, Aperion, SVS, HSU, etc. Many of them offer good return policies precisely for that purpose. I think HTD, Aperion and others offer free shipping both ways for a truly risk free trial.

I don't know what you are planning for a sub get something from Rythmik, Outlaw Audio, SVS, HSU, PSA. Plan to spend $500+ and it will make a big difference compared to budget subs. Internet direct tends to give the best value for the performance in subs, unless you DIY. If you buy it soon then you may consider bookshelves. The sub will account for the bass the towers would give you and in my opinion you can get a slightly better quality bookshelf for the same price.

The sensitivity of the speaker matters more than the receiver power if you want to go loud. That being said, my bookshelves go pretty loud in my 20x15 room and their sensitivity is rated at 87 dB.
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Ended up pulling the trigger on the infinity primus p-363 for 107 a piece on amazon. not sure when they will come in they did not give me a delivery date because they are not in stock. But i figure for that low of a price i can go wrong...

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