Originally Posted by CeremonialWoman
I am new to the forum and have not much understanding about sound systems or what to buy, a typical consumer. So im looking for a surround sound system and i have roughly $3000 to spend. Here are my specs:
*The room size this will be placed in is about 2.7m by 3.7m by 2.8m high.
*I am interested in total sound immersion, i wanna feel like the music is cutting through my body. This is key, i wanna feel like i am one with the music, like i am merged with it.
*I am interested in high-end gear and wanna know what i can get for the price above, i can go higher a little or lower if i can find the right gear that will do the job
*I will be mostly listening to music and watching movies, but i need the setup to be good for both.
*Clarity of music and bass is really important, i am interested in crystal clarity and deep but clean bass, if that makes sense.
I am attracted to the KEF brand, dont know why, but i was looking at the T305 HT setup they have, and wondering what people think of the overally quality of that setup? Would i be better off buying speakers and sub serperatley and doing a DIY job? Would i get more bang for my buck that way?
Im also interested in the LS50. Have looked at maybe buying 4-5 of these and getting the Def Tech Supercube sub that they have, and wondering what peoples thoughts are on that combination?
Also, what is the purpose of a receiver in a HT setup?(sorry in advance for the newbie question, i couldnt find another thread for that)
One more thing, with the budget, what is the most effective way to spend my money? How do i decide whether i need to spend 2k on speakers and the rest on the other parts, or vice versa?
Thank you in advance for all the help, very grateful for this community of knowledgable sound folk!
With your budget for about 6K, your borderline hifi. This is a mid-fi forum, a lot of regulars here won't know what to recommend you in general forum section. Maybe asking these questions in Dynaudio or B&W threads will get you better answers.
You do not need 5 speakers to feel envoloped with the music. Getting better 2-Channel speakers which most music are recorded in will get you better results for your money.
Speakers I recommend are the Dynaudio MK2. signatures.. very sweet with good vocals and clarity and nice bass.
Return the kefs, although they are good for the price, Dynaudio are better as far as sound staging depth, tone, timbre and transparency. It's in another class than the kefs.
If you can stretch your budget, you can find a pair use for about 4,500.00
Then you will need to get good amps, dacs, preamps.
Amps I recommend Clones 25pm which are mono 1,200.00 brand new delivered.
Dacs I recommend Chord Hugo which you can find used for about 1,900.00.
Cables and ICs I recommend Audience.
Powercord I recommend Shunyata.. venom 3.
all in all, you will have a very good system for about 7-8k.
Later on, just get a REL.. sub and your all set.
return the kefs. in movies it's mostly the front 2 speakers and the SUB that's bringing you that envoloping big sound (pressuring your room.) 60% might be even the Sub and the 2 front speakers will set the soundstage.
there would be no way I would so spend 1500.00 on stupid sorrounds which mostly are doing little ambient effects. It gets used 10% at most in movies, and mostly not at all in music.
And also, even if you do decide to stick with the kefs, get rid of that reciever and get seperates. There is also no way I am letting a reciever do the decoding downsized to compressed dolby sounds on a KEF ls50s.... always go pcm and in order for you to get good pcm, you need a good decoder, a dac. Chord Hugo is pretty good for the price atm.
Anyway, ultimately, go 2 channel + sub for your needs.