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5.1 set up - don't know where to start

I posted a thread early requesting some advice on in-wall/on-wall speakers. As I've done research this morning it's become apparent that going this route I'll be putting a good % of my spend towards ascetics instead of sound quality.

After some discussion, the wife is now open to floor standing speakers (so long as I hide all the wires).

So.... my consideration set has changed and I have no idea where to start.

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This will be in the family room (17x25, 8ft ceilings) which opens to kitchen.
Looking for 5.1 set up.
Current receiver is a Yamaha RX-A720 (would prefer not to upgrade at this time if possible).
Top end of budget is ~2k.

I've never owned floor standing speakers so I'm not even sure where to start. I'd appreciate suggestions on brands/models or anything that can help me narrow my research. Thanks!

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You definitely don't need to upgrade that receiver

EMP Tek E55Ti Towers, E56Ci Center Speaker, and E5Bi Bookshelf for the rear. This would run you about $1300 shipped.

Then the Outlaw LFM-1 EX is currently on sale for $599. Not sure how long this sale will last. That's an unbeatable sub for the price. You'd have to spend several hundred more to do better. Given that you have a pretty big space, this would be a great choice for your setup. In fact, I would recommend getting it right away even before deciding on the speakers as it will work well with whatever speakers you choose

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You definitely don't need to upgrade that receiver

EMP Tek E55Ti Towers, E56Ci Center Speaker, and E5Bi Bookshelf for the rear. This would run you about $1300 shipped.

Then the Outlaw LFM-1 EX is currently on sale for $599. Not sure how long this sale will last. That's an unbeatable sub for the price. You'd have to spend several hundred more to do better. Given that you have a pretty big space, this would be a great choice for your setup. In fact, I would recommend getting it right away even before deciding on the speakers as it will work well with whatever speakers you choose
Thanks. The EMP Tek look really interesting. I've researching this afternoon and the Infinity reference series has caught my eye.
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@ cel4145 - Would there be any benefit to the emp E55w vs the E5bi's? I have no issues spending the extra $. However because of my room shape the E55's would need to be mounted on wall behind the sitting area (can't do side walls).
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Those are bipole and could work well behind the sitting area. See this tutorial: http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=170720

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Also, if you need more help with questions about the EMP Teks, there is an owners thread on AVS: **Official EMP Owner's Thread**

Good place to kind of read around and ask questions

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Those are bipole and could work well behind the sitting area. See this tutorial: http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=170720
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Also, if you need more help with questions about the EMP Teks, there is an owners thread on AVS: **Official EMP Owner's Thread**

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Thanks. I've been poking around in the owners thread. I like the bipoles but they don't come in ash.... unfortunately the red burl does not meet the WAF.
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I posted a thread early requesting some advice on in-wall/on-wall speakers. As I've done research this morning it's become apparent that going this route I'll be putting a good % of my spend towards ascetics instead of sound quality.

After some discussion, the wife is now open to floor standing speakers (so long as I hide all the wires).

So.... my consideration set has changed and I have no idea where to start.

Facts/Needs:
This will be in the family room (17x25, 8ft ceilings) which opens to kitchen.
Looking for 5.1 set up.
Current receiver is a Yamaha RX-A720 (would prefer not to upgrade at this time if possible).
Top end of budget is ~2k.

I've never owned floor standing speakers so I'm not even sure where to start. I'd appreciate suggestions on brands/models or anything that can help me narrow my research. Thanks!
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You definitely don't need to upgrade that receiver

EMP Tek E55Ti Towers, E56Ci Center Speaker, and E5Bi Bookshelf for the rear. This would run you about $1300 shipped.

Then the Outlaw LFM-1 EX is currently on sale for $599. Not sure how long this sale will last. That's an unbeatable sub for the price. You'd have to spend several hundred more to do better. Given that you have a pretty big space, this would be a great choice for your setup. In fact, I would recommend getting it right away even before deciding on the speakers as it will work well with whatever speakers you choose
+1, This looks to be a great system for the price. Jump on that Outlaw sale while it lasts, I am betting it will end after this weekend. You will not do better for the money while that sale is on.
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