Originally Posted by karlsaudio
OK. I have a room (another one) I'm setting up for my dad for 5.1 (possibly 5.2?) that is in a 12X16 room with wood floors and is open (kind of) on one of the 12 foot sides. I have a Pioneer VSX-824 right now. I realize this is going to be a bright room and he doesn't want bass traps and other acoustic panels in the room. Going for bookshelf speakers all around.
My question is this. With a room so "bright", is there a particular brand that stands out in this particular environment? Budget for the five speakers is no more than $1,000. 50/50 music/movies.
At least wood floors aren't as reflective as tile, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. You have a few nice alternatives for a grand. I'll start with the cheapest first, but even the cheapest are very well thought of speakers.
$165 / pair (shipping extra) Philharmonic Audio Affordable Accuracy bookshelf speakers: http://philharmonicaudio.com/
Add two more of these for your rear speakers and the $100 center channel and you are at $430 plus shipping, leaving you over $500 for a good sub.
$225 / pair (includes shipping) EMP Tek R5Bi bookshelf speaker (formally E5Bi): http://emptek.com/r5bi.php
(I own these and use a third R5Bi for the center channel)
Add that third R5Bi for the center and two E3b's at $125/pair ( http://emptek.com/e3b.php
) for your rears and you are at $462 which includes shipping. Again, leaving you with more than $500 for a good sub. The problem here is that the R5Bi's won't be available until late Feb or early March.
$219 - $249 / pair (? shipping) HTD Level TWO bookshelf speaker: http://www.htd.com/Products/bookshel...shelf-Speakers
$139 - $159 (? shipping) Level TWO center channel: http://www.htd.com/Products/level-tw...hannel-Speaker
Add $178 / pair Middy Compacts for the rear: http://www.htd.com/Products/flat-pan...ompact-speaker
Total for the above is $536 - $586 (check about shipping costs). The price differences here are for the different finishes.
Since both rooms are probably close to the top of the medium size room (or bottom of a large size room), your subwoofer requirements won't be exactly light. You have a choice of a couple of budget subs (such as Dayton SUB-1200 or -1500) or a single good sub (such as the SVS PB-1000).