Considering active fronts, what for surrounds?
It’s been a long time since I’ve upgraded my home theater speakers, and I want to try something different: three identical front speakers to match the mixing studio where soundtracks are created. I’d consider M&K’s or Klipsch THX reference, but they’re simply out of my price range. That leaves me with conventional speakers or bargain studio monitors that can fill my room (approx. 12’ x 18’ with 7’ ceilings) and fit under my retractable projection screen (they can be up to 33” including stands). I’m married, but there is no WAF at play here – these are my toys and they can be boxy and ugly as sin. My home theater is used almost entirely for movies and TV; very little dedicated music listening happens there.
There are so many good options on paper, but the M-Audio M3-8’s are really appealing. You can buy three identical ones. They have flat response and are actually used in studio production. They’re only $300 each.
Question: is this a good idea? If not, any other suggestions in the $300 - $500 range for speakers that I can buy three of?
Follow up: if I do go with active speakers, what should I use for surrounds? I can keep my old Carver HT5.2’s tripole surrounds but I'm open to buying new. What I can't do is use active surrounds - there are no electrical outlets nearby.
Background: My A/V receiver is an Onkyo TX-NR3007 that I’ll replace once there are better Atmos choices. Then I’ll add ceiling speakers.
My reference speakers for years were Carver HT5.2’s (speakers modeled after DefTech – conventional drivers, internal subs, and an extra rear facing tweeter) but they died over the years, and all I have left of that system are three surrounds (left, center, and right).
I have a pair of Outlaw Audio LFM-1 subs that I just had fixed (the amps had died). Are they the best subs in the world? No. Are they good enough for now? Yes.
Last edited by AskAvi; 07-31-2014 at 08:59 PM.
Reason: Price changed. M3-8's are $300, not $350.