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post #1 of 9 Old 07-18-2014, 10:01 PM - Thread Starter
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HTD vs. Phase Tech/Sonance for home theater

I'm getting ready to buy speakers for the home theater in my new house, which is currently being built. Room is 13x20, and I'm going with 7.1 sound. I need the side/rear surrounds to be in-ceiling speakers. If it matters, I have a Pioneer SC-1323-K receiver.

I was planning on going with HTD speakers and a SVS sub. The following setup to be exact:

HTD Level 2 Center Speaker
HTD Level 2 Left/Right Tower Speakers
HTD HD-R80 Side/Rear Surrounds
SVS PB-1000 Sub

The local home theater installer ran all of my wiring already (builder wouldn't let me do it), and is going to install my projector/screen/in-ceiling speakers. He gave me a quote for a different speaker setup that I would buy from him. For roughly the same price as the build above, he is offering:

Phase Tech V5520 Center Speaker
Phase Tech V626 Left/Right Tower Speakers
Sonance CR201 Side/Rear Surrounds
Phase Tech HV101 Sub

Which is my best bet? Any help or opinions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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HTD. Their customer service is awesome. Plus at the moment they've got a lot of B-Stock Level 2 and 3 speakers.
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Thanks Gus. I did talk to somebody at HTD, and he was extremely helpful, and didn't try to upsell me at all.

Anybody else have an opinion on either of these setups?
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The Phase Tech gear is a great value. Plus, you would have one point of contact for not only your projection setup, but all of the systems by going that route with the contractor, should you need any help.

I don't know why he would spec out the Sonance speakers for surround, instead of the Phase Techs, though. Perhaps the CI6.0 or 6.1's would be what I would go with.
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I like Phase Tech but go with some real surrounds, not in-ceiling, and get the SVS sub, or better yet the Outlaw LFM-1 Plus while its on sale.
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Unfortunately, I have to have in-ceiling surround speakers. I'm willing to spend a little more on those if needed, to try to reach the heights of cabinet speakers.

As for the sub, that Outlaw LFM-1 Plus looks pretty good to me. I see the LFM-1 EX is also on sale, for $100 more than the Plus (or the SVS). Is it worth the extra cost for my 13x20 (8" ceiling) room?

Any other opinions on the HTD vs. Phase setups?
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One last bump for the weekday work crowd. Any opinions on the two speaker setups, or whether I should spend the extra $100 on the Outlaw LFM-1 EX?

Cheers!
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One last bump for the weekday work crowd. Any opinions on the two speaker setups, or whether I should spend the extra $100 on the Outlaw LFM-1 EX?
I would spend the extra $100 on the Outlaw sub.

As far as the speakers - flip a coin

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If your room is large, the EX is probably worth the extra $100 over the Plus. Just be aware that it is a big sub. A couple of inches in each dimension doesn't seem like much on paper, but if you look at pictures of them side by side the EX is considerably larger.

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