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Exclamation What speakers setup for my new home?

Hi guys. I just moved to a new home that I was finally able to buy and I want to add some speakers into the living room and the dining room. No need on any other parts of the house.

I would be using a Kodi/XBMC box, and while I haven't decided yet, lets asume it is a rasperry pi.

The Kodi box would be conected through USB to an external 1TB hard drive that has my MP3 and FLAC files.

Using the Wifi on the house I would use the Kodi remote to select what files to play.

So my question is what type and model of speakers/amp should I buy.

Both rooms are 3.50 x 3.80 meters (140 x 150 inches) and 3.40 x 4.90 meters (135 x 193 inches).

Since the home is mine and I'm going to be doing some painting and such I can modify some things if needed.

I want the speakers to play music at comfortable levels, and also to be able to use it if I want to do a small party there.

I don't want to leave the neighbors deaf but would like good sound.

So, my questions are:

1) Would it be better 2 big speakers per room or 4 smaller ones?
2) Would it be better to have active/powered speakers or an amp with passive speakers?
3) Would in-wall speakers sound better than bookshelf-type speakers?
4) What speakers and/or amp should suffice me?

My budget would be around 400, but I don't want to overpay or buy more than I need.

THANKS!
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1) Would it be better 2 big speakers per room or 4 smaller ones?
2) Would it be better to have active/powered speakers or an amp with passive speakers?
3) Would in-wall speakers sound better than bookshelf-type speakers?
4) What speakers and/or amp should suffice me?

My budget would be around 400, but I don't want to overpay or buy more than I need.

THANKS!

1. 2 full size speakers per room if you are not going to use a subwoofer
2. It depends. I like passive speakers as I do not have to worry about finding a power outlet near the speakers.
3. No, if they are both within the same price range.
4. What speaker brands/models do you have in mind?

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1. 2 full size speakers per room if you are not going to use a subwoofer
2. It depends. I like passive speakers as I do not have to worry about finding a power outlet near the speakers. 3. No. 4. What speaker brands/models do you have in mind?
Thanks for your comments.

At first I was going to get active speakers, but you are right, better get an AMP and passive speakers.

That said, I have no idea what to get. But about 150 per pair, the least the better.

But just for reference, this are the speakers I was evaluating:

http://amzn.com/B00378KMEG
http://amzn.com/B0001VHARE
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...0406&p_id=7496

And this are the ones at amazon that I just "like" (no particular analysis):

http://amzn.com/B008NCD2LG
http://amzn.com/B009IUIV4A
http://amzn.com/B00006JPDI
http://amzn.com/B00192KF12
http://amzn.com/B0045NCB32

But I actually do not understand speakers technologies, specs and such.

Any suggestions?

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For specs, you should look primarily at frequency response, especially the lower frequency response. For example, 55Hz - 20kHz +/- 3dB. The number on the left means the bass and the number on the right means the highs. In the example, the speakers can play audio from 55Hz to 20kHz without a significant drop in sound level. For music, you should get speakers with the lower frequency response of 60Hz or lower.
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I would recommend a home theatre system. They are good for a lot of things (music, tv, movies etc)
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For specs, you should look primarily at frequency response, especially the lower frequency response. For example, 55Hz - 20kHz +/- 3dB. The number on the left means the bass and the number on the right means the highs. In the example, the speakers can play audio from 55Hz to 20kHz without a significant drop in sound level. For music, you should get speakers with the lower frequency response of 60Hz or lower.
Thanks. That is good information.

But I feel it is not the full picture. For example, what size of the speaker? What materials? What brand? What model? Power? RMS? Etc.

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Thanks. That is good information.

But I feel it is not the full picture. For example, what size of the speaker? What materials? What brand? What model? Power? RMS? Etc.

Technologies actually don't matter that much in speakers. What matters most is whether you like the sound the speakers make or not. For that you should audition speakers at a store (or at home). Bring a CD of your favorite music to the store and ask them to play them on the speakers.


Your price point is quite low and it rules out the respected internet speaker companies - SVS, Ascends, Axiom, NHT, etc. These companies allow you to do in-home audition of their speakers.


Also, have you look at Sonos? It could make things easier for you.
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Technologies actually don't matter that much in speakers. What matters most is whether you like the sound the speakers make or not. For that you should audition speakers at a store (or at home). Bring a CD of your favorite music to the store and ask them to play them on the speakers.
But I'm sure that power of the speaker and/or things like RMS are important as is size of the speaker?

Problem is that here we do not have that many choices of speakers, so I would be importing them from abroad.

So any recommendations would be better.

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Your price point is quite low and it rules out the respected internet speaker companies - SVS, Ascends, Axiom, NHT, etc. These companies allow you to do in-home audition of their speakers.
The only thing I can tell you that a pair of BOSE area about $170, and more or less I liked them, and they are normally overpriced. Is not that I'm going to make a sound studio either.

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Also, have you look at Sonos? It could make things easier for you.
Too expensive.
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SVS recommended !
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I highly recommend the Mirage line up by Klipsch. Here is what is currently available on Woot.com Serious speaker for the price. IMO
http://www.woot.com/plus/mirage-home...8?ref=cnt_wp_6
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I highly recommend the Mirage line up by Klipsch. Here is what is currently available on Woot.com Serious speaker for the price. IMO
http://www.woot.com/plus/mirage-home...8?ref=cnt_wp_6
Looks very nice, but overpriced for my budget.
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Looks very nice, but overpriced for my budget.
I guess I was referring to the OMD-5's. They are a very good speaker that seems to be in your price range from the links you posted. $149.99. Or go with the OMD-Os3's for $99. They both work very well in multi-room setups as well as for surrounds in home theaters. Keep in mind you really do get what you pay for, the Mirage series at this discount price is worth every bit of the price and more. You can search this forum for many people who own them and paid the list price and are extremely happy. Just my 2 cents.... Good Luck!

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I guess I was referring to the OMD-5's. They are a very good speaker that seems to be in your price range from the links you posted. $149.99. Or go with the OMD-Os3's for $99. They both work very well in multi-room setups as well as for surrounds in home theaters. Keep in mind you really do get what you pay for, the Mirage series at this discount price is worth every bit of the price and more. You can search this forum for many people who own them and paid the list price and are extremely happy. Just my 2 cents.... Good Luck!
But if I understand correctly, that is 150 each, not a pair. Or is it a pair?
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But if I understand correctly, that is 150 each, not a pair. Or is it a pair?
You understand correct. That is each. You will note with your research that most high end companies do offer speakers sold as "each".
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You understand correct. That is each. You will note with your research that most high end companies do offer speakers sold as "each".
That is what I thought. So, yes way over my budget.
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