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Help with choosing speakers $1k

Building a family room in the basement, approx 24' x 20'

Because of the layout, my 2 surround sound speakers have to be in ceiling, so trying to find 5 speakers that sound nice together for around $1k

I am leaning towards wall mounted for the 2 fronts and center since there will be a baby crawling around

currently I am thinking of getting one of these 2 receivers

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/pioneer-...0002&cp=1&lp=8
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/yamaha-8...2003&cp=1&lp=2

(these are the front runners. I am looking at the $500 price point, and it has to come from Best Buy as I will have $250 to spend after buying a TV)

My eventual sub (to be bought at a later time)
http://www.powersoundaudio.com/colle...roducts/xv15se

Thanks in advance!

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Buy a Denon AVR-X2000 at Crutchfield for $399.99 shipped, it offers everything you need and comes with a better room correction software in Audyssey MultEQ XT. Receivers at Best Buy are overpriced and with your budget you are spending too much on the electronics. Use your gift card at Best Buy to buy some speakers instead, the Pioneer FS52, C22, and BS22 would be a good option. They are regarded as some of the best budget speakers out there, and have a big following here. You can get the 5.0 set for just under $500, leaving you a little extra cash to buy some wall-mounts, cables, and speaker wire.

www.monoprice.com is a good place to get whatever interconnects you need.

Edit: missed your point about wall-mounting the fronts, 2 pairs of BS22 would work well in that case.

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If you buy a receiver from Best Buy - then I would go with the Pioneer 1123

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Buy a Denon AVR-X2000 at Crutchfield for $399.99 shipped, it offers everything you need and comes with a better room correction software in Audyssey MultEQ XT. Receivers at Best Buy are overpriced and with your budget you are spending too much on the electronics. Use your gift card at Best Buy to buy some speakers instead, the Pioneer FS52, C22, and BS22 would be a good option. They are regarded as some of the best budget speakers out there, and have a big following here. You can get the 5.0 set for just under $500, leaving you a little extra cash to buy some wall-mounts, cables, and speaker wire.

www.monoprice.com is a good place to get whatever interconnects you need.

Edit: missed your point about wall-mounting the fronts, 2 pairs of BS22 would work well in that case.

I agree on all points that Denon X2000 is an amazing value.


That Pioneer set is the best value in home theater.
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Buy a Denon AVR-X2000 at Crutchfield for $399.99 shipped, it offers everything you need and comes with a better room correction software in Audyssey MultEQ XT. Receivers at Best Buy are overpriced and with your budget you are spending too much on the electronics. Use your gift card at Best Buy to buy some speakers instead, the Pioneer FS52, C22, and BS22 would be a good option. They are regarded as some of the best budget speakers out there, and have a big following here. You can get the 5.0 set for just under $500, leaving you a little extra cash to buy some wall-mounts, cables, and speaker wire.

www.monoprice.com is a good place to get whatever interconnects you need.

Edit: missed your point about wall-mounting the fronts, 2 pairs of BS22 would work well in that case.
The $1,000 budget is just for the 5 speakers so I assume there are better speakers to be had, or is it really that big a price point jump?

Plus the rear 2 have to be in celing, I have no walls to mount the rears, and my ceiling is too low to hang speakers from
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EMP Tek E5bi and EMP Tek E5Ci are a nice set and would be within your budget. Then you just need a good sub.

NHT makes some good on wall speakers. Still need a sub.

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EMP Tek E5bi and EMP Tek E5Ci are a nice set and would be within your budget. Then you just need a good sub.

NHT makes some good on wall speakers. Still need a sub.
Are in the in-ceiling speakers any good? I'm having trouble finding any information on any in ceiling speakers
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Are in the in-ceiling speakers any good? I'm having trouble finding any information on any in ceiling speakers
I would use them as a last resort for the surround speakers.

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I would use them as a last resort for the surround speakers.
It's either in-ceiling or really small speakers (and I would still have to figure out how to mount them to a drop down ceiling)

These are only for the 2 rears, the front three will most likely be wall mounted
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