Originally Posted by speed_kills
I have a new house being built and before I discovered AVS, I was content on possibly buying Bose speakers.
At the moment, I've already decided to set up a serious projector home theater system in my personal den (separate from my inquiry below).
But I'm also thinking, why not install 5.1 wires in the other rooms that will have HDTV's while construction is ongoing? Anyway, I can decide whether to get a soundbar or 5.1 later.
Here are the other room sizes and specs (these are separate from the main home theater)...
- room size about 12' L x 19' W x 9' H or 2052 cu ft
- 50" or 55" HDTV
Room # 2 (entertainment room)
- room size about 19' L x 18'W x 8' H or 2736 cu ft
- 55" HDTV
In general, both rooms will be used for movies via NAS, console gaming, and listening to music while hanging out or when hosting guests. They are also multipurpose rooms so there are other furniture besides the TV/sound system.
May I have some suggestions of budget "videophile" grade" 5.1 speakers and receiver brands/models for $1200-1500 per room? I'm thinking to try different brands for fun.
I'm a bit off-topic but for yet another room, if you can suggest a good quality soundbar under $1000, I'd appreciate it as well.
Both your rooms are considered medium size, but obviously one is at the lower range, while the other is at the upper range. Still, one can get good system in both rooms (the larger room costing a bit more, or the smaller room costing a bit less).
There are plenty of really good sounding speakers that don't cost a lot of money. Same can said about AVRs, especially if one looks at factory refurbished units. I know if I was doing two rooms and already had, or will have, the audio I've always wanted in a third room, I'd like to experiment. For instance, I would buy different speakers for each room, different AVRs and different subwoofers (speakers being the most important aspect as far as I'm concerned). You just have to find out which speakers suit you best.
Here are my standard posts on the subject. Take the following list for what it is worth, which are recommendations only. Take a look at the different costs and begin building your systems.
EMP Tek (my go to recommendation):
$225 / pair (includes shipping) EMP Tek R5Bi bookshelf speaker (formally E5Bi): http://emptek.com/r5bi.php
(I own these)
Andrew Robinson review: http://hometheaterreview.com/emp-tek...aker-reviewed/
My review: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/dbtrev...4850&ri=review
JBL, the one speaker I wanted to audition next:
$600 / pair (includes shipping) JBL Studio 530 bookshelf speaker: http://www.jbl.com/estore/jbl/us/pro...atId=cat140013
Ascend Acoustics, which I also wanted to audition after the JBLs
$298 / pair (on sale w/ $32 shipping) Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE bookshelf speaker: http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...70/cbm170.html
$498 / pair (on sale w/ $40 shipping) Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SE bookshelf speaker: http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...m/cmt340m.html
Definitive Technology, which I auditioned 3 different times before deciding on the EMP Teks
$600 / pair (includes shipping) Def Tech SM-55 bookshelf speaker: http://www.crutchfield.com/S-3Y9ouBQ...onitor-55.html
Robert Reina review: http://www.stereophile.com/content/d...55-loudspeaker
Hsu, a speaker I did audition while I was auditioning one of their subwoofers
$318 - $378 / pair ($50 shipping) Hsu HB-1 Mk2 Bookshelf speaker: http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hb-1.html
HTD, another company on my shortlist
$319 - $349 / pair (? shipping) HTD Level THREE bookshelf speaker: http://www.htd.com/Products/level-th...shelf-Speakers
NHT, a company I've admired
$660 / pair (? shipping) NHT Classic Two bookshelf speaker: http://www.nhthifi.com/Two-Black?sc=12&category=3772
Take a look at each website and go through the specs, shipping costs, return policy, warranty, etc.
For subwoofers, take a look at the big six I.D. companies: Hsu Research, Outlaw Audio, Power Sound Audio (PSA), Reaction Audio, Rythmik Audio and SVS. All have excellent subs from $500 to $3,000.
Whew … I'm sure glad that most of this was cut and paste