Would be a pretty neat site to see, huh? I am sure many of you looked like that guy to the left after shopping for speakers for...umm, ya know, months.
I like solving my own problems but I have been losing a lot of sleep. As last resort, I reserve to ask you guys for your help.
alright so I am in the market for a home theater 5.1 I listen to 50/50 movies/music. I came to realize that HT is not a poor man's game so I am trying to budget myself and not blow all my last bonus check.
I don't know the exact dimensions of my room but it opens up to the dining and the kitchen (linear) I would say the actual listening area where we sit might be 300 sq feet. Tile with large rug, not too high of ceiling.
Despite the many good used AV receiver deals, I think I will get one of the new HDMI 2.0 Yamaha or Denon receivers.
The speakers I am looking at to keep it in a reasonable budget are:
Ascend CBM 170, 340s
Q acoustics concept 20 or 2020i
Boston Acoustic A26
Chane Arx Ar1 (backordered till Aug/Sept)
Def Tech Studio Monitor 45
Dali Zensor 1 and 3
I know the Zenor 3, QA concept 20 and Ascend 340s are in a different price point so I would like to add Monitor Audio BX2 and Focal Chorus 705V, 706V and 806V to that tier. I figured I can stretch my budget on the CLR speakers since their more important.
Used B&W 600 or Acoustic Energy 301 would be considered if a good price so feel free to suggest specific used speakers I could search for.
I know I like as neutral/natural speakers as possible. Bright highs really hurt my head/ears. Monopole all the way around until I add 7.1 in which I would get dipole...or is it bipole? whichever ones push/pull.
Eyeing the BIC F12 Sub on sale for 200. so 300-350 would be my max (unless some $2000 sub is going for 500 on audiogon)
The focals I mentioned were found on clearance for $350 a pair for 705, $500 for the 706 and $600 for the 806 so they fall in my "reasonable" budget. Only problem I have is the center speaker is 350 for the 7 series and 500 for the 8 series. I just love the way they look and I know they are a great speaker to consider but according to WHAT HIFI they are not as good as the Dalis ..maybe even the Ascends?
I don't have any way of to audition these speakers since every store around me only carry a few more mainstream brands. Plus no store will have the acoustics I have at home. I also do not have the time nor the money to be buying several sets to audition then pay shipping to return.
I would ask you guys to please give me your opinions on the speakers listed and any other speaker recommendations. Again, I like neutral/natural sounding speakers. if it sways a little to the warm or the bright side that is fine, as long as the tweeters dont make my ears bleed while listening to Rock.
Any clearance sales or used sales you know of would greatly be appreciated.
Guys, thank you for helping a fellow human being from admitting himself to the psych ward