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Question Help complete this home theater setup

Hi and thanks for viewing my post.
Please share your opinions on the best combination of speakers and sub woofer for a very nice home (possible jaw drop) theater sound.

Room: 13 X 13 X 8 @ 1352 cubic feet. Carpet.
Projector + 110 screen
Receiver: TX-NR809 – Onkyo

I have the following Speakers listed by $ high to low:

Bookshelf: 2 X JBL L830
Center: Energy Veritas 5.2C
Bookshelf: 2 X Energy C-100B-1
Center: Energy C-C50B-1
Surround: 2 X Energy C50B-1
Sub: Energy ESW-8

I need your help on putting together the best combination of speakers and sub. I can buy additional speakers and sub depending on your suggestions. I have about $1000-2000 to spend to complete my system. I hope to at least use some of my existing speakers. This is used 95% for movies.

Should I use the 2 JBL L830s as fronts and buy a JBL LC1 or JBL LC2 and use 2 X Energy C50B-1 for surrounds?
Should I use Energy Veritas 5.2C and buy additional Veritas speakers?
Should I start off clean and buy a whole set?
I am in the bay area and craigslist has lots of stuff posted but I am not sure what a good value is.
I also would like to meet fellow enthusiasts in the san fran bay area.

Thank you very much for your input.
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fwiw, in your budget take a look at the hsu hybrid3 5.1package http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hybrid3pkg.html

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I have the following Speakers listed by $ high to low:

Bookshelf: 2 X JBL L830
Center: Energy Veritas 5.2C
Bookshelf: 2 X Energy C-100B-1
Center: Energy C-C50B-1
Surround: 2 X Energy C50B-1
Sub: Energy ESW-8

I need your help on putting together the best combination of speakers and sub. I can buy additional speakers and sub depending on your suggestions. I have about $1000-2000 to spend to complete my system. I hope to at least use some of my existing speakers. This is used 95% for movies.
I would go with the JBL LC2 center channel to complete the front.

Check with HSU Research for a 12 inch subwoofer (based on budget) - like the VTF-2 or VTF-3

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I would go with the JBL LC2 center channel to complete the front.

Check with HSU Research for a 12 inch subwoofer (based on budget) - like the VTF-2 or VTF-3
I agree. The Energy Veritas are next to impossible to find now.

The Outlaw LFM-1 Plus is currently on sale for $499 shipped. Best value for you at the moment, and definitely will provide a wow factor in improvement over your Energy 8" sub.

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I agree. The Energy Veritas are next to impossible to find now.

The Outlaw LFM-1 Plus is currently on sale for $499 shipped. Best value for you at the moment, and definitely will provide a wow factor in improvement over your Energy 8" sub.
+1, killer deal right there.
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The Outlaw LFM-1 Plus is currently on sale for $499 shipped. Best value for you at the moment, and definitely will provide a wow factor in improvement over your Energy 8" sub.
+2 on the Outlaw sub - and will help with the budget

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With $2000 and given your existing speakers, I'd recommend a staged upgrade. There's no need for a clean sheet straight away. All this will do is force you to spread your budget across 5 or 7 speakers rather than a few. The front 3 are by far the most important, particularly when movies are your dominant use (subs notwithstanding).

A new front end consisting of 3 x Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SE M/C's plus a pair of Rythmik Audio LV12R subs will come to $1980 shipped (with discounts). The Outlaw LFM-1 Plus on special is tough to beat though. The three Ascends plus a pair of the Outlaws comes to $1940 shipped. You'd be very happy with either option. Six matching 6.5" woofers across the front will give you an excellent level of HT performance for around $900.

As far as surrounds go, you don't mention whether you're aiming for a 5.1 or 7.1 configuration. Ultimately, you'd head for a pair (or two) of Ascend's CBM-170 SE's and/or HTM-200 SE's depending on your application. The 200's are a compact, sealed speaker more suited to near, or on-wall applications. The 170's are a more capable speaker, but more suited when you have the available room.

For surrounds/rears in the interim, experimentation and listening is the key. There's not really a wrong answer. For a 5.1 configuration, try both the JBL's and the Energy C-100's as surrounds and see which you prefer. For a 7.1 configuration, try the C-100's and C-50's as surrounds and rears; using the C-50's at the closer listening distance. Another option might be to experiment with the Veritas centre as a single rear in a 6.1 configuration. Do a quick Audyssey run with each combination. While Audyssey can make all speakers sound exactly the same, it will do a reasonable job of creating EQ filters for all speakers to target a common in-room response. Any one of these options may work so well that you feel a surround/rear upgrade isn't ultimately necessary.

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Thank you everyone for the input.

Quick question: I have an option to pick up Klipsch RF-82 II Reference Series 5.1 Home Theater without subwoofer for $1200 is this a good deal?

would the Klipsch be better option than Ascend Acoustics?
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Not sure about whether that's a good deal. Considering they can be bought brand new with a sub (the sub is not as good as the Outlaws) for $1800, maybe not.

Klipsch have a different sound from the Ascends. Some people find that the Klipsch horns to be fatiguing at higher volumes. Given that, the Ascends can be the safer bet unless you can do some extended demoing of the Klipsch. But it really depends on you as to which you would like better.

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Thank you everyone for the input.

Quick question: I have an option to pick up Klipsch RF-82 II Reference Series 5.1 Home Theater without subwoofer for $1200 is this a good deal?

would the Klipsch be better option than Ascend Acoustics?
My opinion of Klipsch is at the opposite end of the spectrum to Ascend Acoustics. I wouldn't buy products from a company that deliberately misleads consumers like Klipsch do. There's a couple of exhibits here:

Is it worth upgrading to floor standing speakers?
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