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Home theater upgrade

Hi all,

I am currently building a house with a home theater room which is 3.7 x 4.9 m (carpet). I currently have a Bose Lifestyle T20 system. I got them when I was in the states on sale. I have to admit that I didn't put a great deal of research into it, I was sold by the display in store!

Now that I am setting up a proper home theater, I am wondering if an upgrade to something like a B&W M1 would be a noticeable and worth while upgrade? I am willing to spend around 2.5 – 3K for the speakers, sub and receiver. I would prefer to stay with the small speakers for aesthetics, but if there is a big difference then I could be convinced for floor standers or bookshelf options.

It will be primarily used for movies and streaming shows, very little music usage.

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I would recommend at least bookshelf speakers that are flat +/- 3 dB down to 60 Hz. You can use an 80 Hz crossver that way with a good subwoofer or two.....anything less than that in terms of speakers and you are making major compromise in terms of sound quality imo. Small satellites just can't play low enough for truly good sound. Plan on a minimum of $500 for the cheapest entry level "true" home theater sub, although the $1500 ball park gives you enough budget for two decent subs such as dual PB2000, Hsu VTF3, Outlaw LFM1-EX, PSA XV15se etc. Or start with one now and add another down the road. For AVR, consider something like the Denon X4000 which has the highest level of Audysey and also has subeq HT which will setup dual subs individually. This should be a good future proof setup. Good bookshelf speakers can be found from many manufacturers for around $300/pair. If you spend that much on an AVR you wont be able to fit dual subs into the budget, so you might consider keeping the AVR budget lower in order to start out with good dual subs.

If I had $3k to spend I would likely try to figure out the best way to start with dual subs, all five speakers bookshelf or larger, and a decent AVR.

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Hi all,

I am currently building a house with a home theater room which is 3.7 x 4.9 m (carpet). I currently have a Bose Lifestyle T20 system. I got them when I was in the states on sale. I have to admit that I didn't put a great deal of research into it, I was sold by the display in store!

Now that I am setting up a proper home theater, I am wondering if an upgrade to something like a B&W M1 would be a noticeable and worth while upgrade? I am willing to spend around 2.5 – 3K for the speakers, sub and receiver. I would prefer to stay with the small speakers for aesthetics, but if there is a big difference then I could be convinced for floor standers or bookshelf options.

It will be primarily used for movies and streaming shows, very little music usage.

Cheers
The best thing you can do is to go and listen to speakers .. lots of speakers. Find the ones YOU like and get the rest of the equipment to complement your choice.
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Hi all,

I am currently building a house with a home theater room which is 3.7 x 4.9 m (carpet). I currently have a Bose Lifestyle T20 system. I got them when I was in the states on sale. I have to admit that I didn't put a great deal of research into it, I was sold by the display in store!

Now that I am setting up a proper home theater, I am wondering if an upgrade to something like a B&W M1 would be a noticeable and worth while upgrade? I am willing to spend around 2.5 – 3K for the speakers, sub and receiver. I would prefer to stay with the small speakers for aesthetics, but if there is a big difference then I could be convinced for floor standers or bookshelf options.

It will be primarily used for movies and streaming shows, very little music usage.

Cheers

If I had around 3k my budget would look like this:


AVR: $600
Sub: 800
Mains: 1000
center: 600
rears: 200


Let me know your thoughts. I wouldn't buy 2 subs at once with your budget. Better to get one high quality sub at first, then if you want more bass, go with a second later on.
HSU would be a good choice subwoofer wise. As would SVS, and a few others.


Speaker-wise, you have a thousand options! Going with an internet direct company is the best route ( for the speaker set and sub ) to take. Also do you have any pics of the room? The room itself plays a major role in how the speakers perform.


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Thank you for the replys so far!

I am going to listen to some different options this weekend at a local hifi specialist.
At this stage I am looking at the B&W 600 series setups. There are some of the original series on clearance sales at the moment. Is there major differences better that and the s2?

I am thinking of initially a 1 sub setup with my budget, can always add to it down the line.

Unfortunately I don't have a pic of the room. But it is rectangular and about 2500 cubic foot in size with sliding door opening.

Any further advise would be great
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