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Help a noob pick 5.1 speakers ~ $1500
I'm active in enough forums (Jeeps, Harleys, knives) to know I should search the forum first, and I did, but the more I read the more lost I get haha.
I have a Sony STR-DN850 tuner and just got the Energy Take Classic 5.1 set. I'm sending the Energys back, not enough speaker for my needs. I need help selecting new speakers for hopefully under or around $1500. I'm getting conflicting information on where to spend the bulk of the money. I've seen recommendations for people in my budget to spend big on floor standing or good bookshelf speakers for the front stage, and then pick cheaper rear surrounds and a mid level sub. Then I read a recommendation to pick cheaper fronts (I think the ones mentioned were about $100 each) and spend big on two SVS PB-2000 subs at $800 each. $1600 on subs and $500 on speakers sounds like my car when I was in my 20s and that wasn't very well balanced lol. I have a friend that loves his DT Procinema 1000 and recommended that with the ProCenter 2000. I haven't been able to get together to hear it though. I'm worried that these would end up being a slightly better version of the Energys but at 4x the price, since I think they're still smallish satellite speakers in the front?
My uses are almost 100% movies. I'll also use it for tv and a little music but I'm really only concerned about movie sound. I like action movies (lots of gunshots and explosions) and I like my movies LOUD. The Energies actually sounded ok at moderate volume (especially considering the huge hole in its frequency response that I learned about later on here) but it just can't keep up with the size room I have.
About the room. I'm not sure if what's the most important is size of viewing area (distance from me to speakers) or actual room size where walls can bounce sound back. My ears will be about 12 feet from the tv and front speakers, and the surrounds will be a few feet away to the sides and back. The actual room size though is tricky. The living room is beside the kitchen and is separated by a countertop and hanging cupboards. Sound will bounce back some but there's a big gap right at speaker height where sound can go into the kitchen. There's also about 5 or 6 feet of space behind the tv before the next wall and another few feet behind the couch. So overall room size is about 20x12 if you don't count the kitchen, 20x20 if you do. Normal height ceilings.
As for preferences, I would prefer bookshelf speakers but might be able to get floor standing ones to work if the payoff is big. I'm thinking that price would be more of an issue than size though. I do love my deep bass and do have 2 sub outputs, so feel free to recommend a setup in my budget that includes one sub with the intention to get a matching sub several months down the road. I do need one sub now but want to spend enough on my speakers.
Thanks for any help! Sorry it was such a long read, I tried to cover the questions I could think of.