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$2,000-2,500 speaker/amp recommendation as secondary system for bedroom

I have a new house being built and before I discovered AVS, I was content on possibly buying Bose speakers.

I already have plans for a decent main home theatre/music system in my personal den.

But I'm also thinking, why not install 5.1 wires in the master's bedroom while construction is ongoing? Anyway, I can decide whether to get a soundbar or push through with the 5.1 speakers later.

Room size is about 16' (L) x 20' (W) x 9' (H).

I've also upped the budget a bit

Thanks!

* edited - I'm thinking to wire the master's bedroom instead

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Personally I rather you see you devote 3k to one room than 1,500 per room and you will be able to get much better system. Or at least 2k on serious viewing room and 1k on the other room

I would just spend the money on your entertainment room and maybe just add a sound bar to the non serious entertainment room.

Glad you found us before you made a Bose mistake. Welcome!

Also what is the ceiling heights to your rooms? Are they open or closed off to other rooms?
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And if this is any kind of modern place, those rooms might be "open" to other area...subwoofer recommends need to know this, along with the heights of your ceilings.
But I agree with Rob, just get a decent soundbar for one room and put 2,500-3000.00 into the other room.
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Exactly what we did! Great recommendations!
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I have a new house being built and before I discovered AVS, I was content on possibly buying Bose speakers. As I learned more, I've decided to set up a projector home theater in my personal den.

But I'm 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 room sizes and specs (both enclosed)...

Room #1 (library/play room)
- room size about 12' L x 19' W or 228 sq ft
- 50" or 55" HDTV

Room # 2 (entertainment room)
- room size about 19' L x 18'W or 342 sq 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 under $1000, I'd appreciate it as well.

Thanks!
Just like Rob said you need to focus on just one room for 2500 and even then it might be difficult.

Any way to control light in one of the rooms? Get a Projector if possible with DIY fabric or paint the wall. If not then get the biggest dang TV you can afford and sit pretty close. Of course you need to keep in mind where your speakers will be located in relation to the main listening position.

How important is looks? If you really want to stretch your money there are DIY speakers and subs that will fit the bill. Otherwise maybe look into the Mackie C200 if you want bang for the buck for movies. Music I am not so sure but you are budget limited so you won't be getting audiophile grade speakers anyway.

Really hard to make specific brand name recommendations for the most part so I won't try.

I would take the bigger room and do as much as you can with it. Read up on basic room set up and go for it!
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Personally I rather you see you devote 3k to one room than 1,500 per room and you will be able to get much better system. Or at least 2k on serious viewing room and 1k on the other room

I would just spend the money on your entertainment room and maybe just add a sound bar to the non serious entertainment room.

Glad you found us before you made a Bose mistake. Welcome!

Also what is the ceiling heights to your rooms? Are they open or closed off to other rooms?
Oh sorry, I just realized that I didn't make myself clear enough....

Actually, I will have a projector an integrated in my personal den (Room #3 ) where I will invest more serious gear (9k+ for sound system, projector, and professional installation)...

For the Room's #1 and #2 I mentioned earlier, they are both enclosed and general multi-use rooms with HDTV's. I'm thinkign to set up a basic 5.1 instead of a soundbar since there's still time to do wiring plus I'm thinking a basic 5.1 might be more worth than a premium soundbar.

There's even another room#4 that I'll probably just put a soundbar since it's not practical to install 5.1 (an HDTV with floor to ceiling windows behind it)

I will edit my original post and also include ceiling height for rooms #1 and #2...

Thanks in advance!

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I think the point still stands, even if you have your "go to" HT room...rather than try to do two mediocre second/third media rooms, do a second one well and just put something better than TV speakers in the third.

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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 under $1000, I'd appreciate it as well.
Look at HTD for some options - they make nice stuff
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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 #1 (library/play room)
- 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.

Thanks!
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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HTD, another company on my shortlist

$319 - $349 / pair (? shipping) HTD Level THREE bookshelf speaker: http://www.htd.com/Products/level-th...shelf-Speakers

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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.

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I think the point still stands, even if you have your "go to" HT room...rather than try to do two mediocre second/third media rooms, do a second one well and just put something better than TV speakers in the third.
x2 Devote your money to your main HT room.

OP- I struggle to see why Bose was even an option with all these big plans you have

Now I would wire these other rooms for 5.1 or 7.1 case some point down the line you want to add a 5.1 set-up down the line but really not worth in my opinion. To have 3 rooms for surround sound is cool yet alittle insane. Each would need their own receiver. Then keep in mind a fancy universal remote for ease of use. I still think money would be better spent on theater room.

When you want to show your friends you great video or watch the game you will be doing it in your main HT room with the projector and all that jazz. I would right now focus on your HT room and then if you want surround sound for your general TV room we can talk. So just wire the other rooms in for the possibility don't go buying speakers for them just yet though.
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I think the point still stands, even if you have your "go to" HT room...rather than try to do two mediocre second/third media rooms, do a second one well and just put something better than TV speakers in the third.
Point taken

There are a few other areas in the house such as the living room and clean kitchen that will have TV's as well.

But for these spaces, I'm thinking to either just use TV speakers or more "attractive" looking soundbars since it will be part of the decor.
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x2 Devote your money to your main HT room.

OP- I struggle to see why Bose was even an option with all these big plans you have

Now I would wire these other rooms for 5.1 or 7.1 case some point down the line you want to add a 5.1 set-up down the line but really not worth in my opinion. To have 3 rooms for surround sound is cool yet alittle insane. Each would need their own receiver. Then keep in mind a fancy universal remote for ease of use. I still think money would be better spent on theater room.

When you want to show your friends you great video or watch the game you will be doing it in your main HT room with the projector and all that jazz. I would right now focus on your HT room and then if you want surround sound for your general TV room we can talk. So just wire the other rooms in for the possibility don't go buying speakers for them just yet though.
Before I started to research about HT equipment, I only knew Bose just like the masses

I'm not 100% decided whether to push through with two extra 5.1 systems apart from the main HT room. But I figure it's practical to do surround wiring now as house is still in construction stage. Anyway, I'm at least 6 months away before a decision time comes.

If I push through with these 2 along with the main HT room, I'll have a surround system in at least 1 enclosed room in each floor of the house.
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Hi dsrussell,

Thanks for the informative reply as usual!

Among the brands you mentioned, I think only JBL, Definitive, and SVS are available in my market. What do you think of entry level speakers of these brands like Polk, Infinity, Q-Acoustics, Mission, PSB, Wharfdale, KEF, or Paradigm? And subwoofer brands like SVS, REL, Velodyne?

Which brands are generally considered enthusiast level? Also, will you suggest to buy a sub from the speaker brands or consider a subwoofer specialist instead? I also hope to avoid the HTIB route.

I know its subjective but as speakers will be used in multipurpose rooms, appearance and brand value will matter for me. I

Anyway, as much as possible, I try to buy from local distributors or dealers if they can offer close to US prices. But if not, shipping from overseas is also convenient for me.

About electronics, I noticed most recommend to invest in better speakers than receivers. For my "budget" setups, do you suggest something at least like Denon x1100w or Onkyo NR-TX636 level or I can actually go lower?

Thanks again!
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Before I started to research about HT equipment, I only knew Bose just like the masses

I'm not 100% decided whether to push through with two extra 5.1 systems apart from the main HT room. But I figure it's practical to do surround wiring now as house is still in construction stage. Anyway, I'm at least 6 months away before a decision time comes.

If I push through with these 2 along with the main HT room, I'll have a surround system in at least 1 enclosed room in each floor of the house.
I completely disagree with the sentiment out there. 5.1 in a couple rooms in addition to a dedicated theater room is entirely reasonable. I have a home theater with a projector and a bunch of high quality audio equipment. But I am also pretty happy the main family room where we watch tv is wired 5.2. The. Master bedroom will soon either have a soundbar or 3.1 system and sooner or later the office will get either 3.1 or 5.1 if I can pull off wireless rears.

The only issue I see is the goal of quality 5.1 for $1500. Wire the rooms. Set one room up. Then build out the next in a year or two.

As for what to use you need to hit up the receiver threads first and go from there. Soon you will budget 5k for one room!!!
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Hi dsrussell,

Thanks for the informative reply as usual!

Among the brands you mentioned, I think only JBL, Definitive, and SVS are available in my market. What do you think of entry level speakers of these brands like Polk, Infinity, Q-Acoustics, Mission, PSB, Wharfdale, KEF, or Paradigm? And subwoofer brands like SVS, REL, Velodyne?

Which brands are generally considered enthusiast level? Also, will you suggest to buy a sub from the speaker brands or consider a subwoofer specialist instead? I also hope to avoid the HTIB route.

I know its subjective but as speakers will be used in multipurpose rooms, appearance and brand value will matter for me. I

Anyway, as much as possible, I try to buy from local distributors or dealers if they can offer close to US prices. But if not, shipping from overseas is also convenient for me.

About electronics, I noticed most recommend to invest in better speakers than receivers. For my "budget" setups, do you suggest something at least like Denon x1100w or Onkyo NR-TX636 level or I can actually go lower?

Thanks again!
I'm sorry. I did not realize that you weren't in the U.S. That makes a huge difference. From the speaker companies you have listed, I haven't heard any of their newer lines (I've been in audio for a long, long time, but once I bought what I wanted, I wasn't interested in doing too much further research). I do know that PSB, Wharfdale and KEF are highly regarded. Paradigm I know mainly for their subwoofers. Polk (one of the most popular brands) never interested me from those models I've heard in friend's houses (doesn't make them bad, they make some impressive higher end speakers).

You will need to rely on personal auditions. That's far better than getting recommendations of speakers you can never audition . It's good you have some time. Audition as many speakers as practical and enjoy your auditions. They can be a lot of fun, especially if you have a friend come along. And the more auditions you do, the better you will understand what to look for (the first audition is usually the least successful). Just take your time and note which speakers impressed you. Then go back a few weeks later and audition them again. Just make sure whatever speakers you are comparing in an audio store, they should be level matched (played at the same loudness).

I avoid well known commercial brand subs. Not that they are bad, but their cost to performance ratio can't match I.D. companies such as SVS. That being said, audition a few subs when you audition the speakers. If you like a sub, compare their specs with the SVS.

AVRs change like the weather. There is a new one coming out every year. I use 25 percent as a rough guide for AVRs. That means if you have a $1,000 budget, look at AVRs around the $250 range. And yes, you can go lower (or higher if you find a feature that is important). If you can get factory refurbished or last years models, it will save you big bucks. Just find the AVRs that have the features you want and like. The majority of your money should be on the most important element in any audio system, and that is your main speakers (or front stage). Subwoofers are the next most important element. Then the AVR. Then the surrounds. And don't worry too much about power ratings. The difference between an 80 watt/channel AVR and one that has 90 watts per channel isn't audible. It takes double the power (say from 80 watts to 160 watts) just to gain 3 dB of additional output (audible, but not significant). It takes 10 times the power (80 watts to 800 watts) to double the output level .
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I'm sorry. I did not realize that you weren't in the U.S. That makes a huge difference. From the speaker companies you have listed, I haven't heard any of their newer lines (I've been in audio for a long, long time, but once I bought what I wanted, I wasn't interested in doing too much further research). I do know that PSB, Wharfdale and KEF are highly regarded. Paradigm I know mainly for their subwoofers. Polk (one of the most popular brands) never interested me from those models I've heard in friend's houses (doesn't make them bad, they make some impressive higher end speakers).

You will need to rely on personal auditions. That's far better than getting recommendations of speakers you can never audition . It's good you have some time. Audition as many speakers as practical and enjoy your auditions. They can be a lot of fun, especially if you have a friend come along. And the more auditions you do, the better you will understand what to look for (the first audition is usually the least successful). Just take your time and note which speakers impressed you. Then go back a few weeks later and audition them again. Just make sure whatever speakers you are comparing in an audio store, they should be level matched (played at the same loudness).

I avoid well known commercial brand subs. Not that they are bad, but their cost to performance ratio can't match I.D. companies such as SVS. That being said, audition a few subs when you audition the speakers. If you like a sub, compare their specs with the SVS.

AVRs change like the weather. There is a new one coming out every year. I use 25 percent as a rough guide for AVRs. That means if you have a $1,000 budget, look at AVRs around the $250 range. And yes, you can go lower (or higher if you find a feature that is important). If you can get factory refurbished or last years models, it will save you big bucks. Just find the AVRs that have the features you want and like. The majority of your money should be on the most important element in any audio system, and that is your main speakers (or front stage). Subwoofers are the next most important element. Then the AVR. Then the surrounds. And don't worry too much about power ratings. The difference between an 80 watt/channel AVR and one that has 90 watts per channel isn't audible. It takes double the power (say from 80 watts to 160 watts) just to gain 3 dB of additional output (audible, but not significant). It takes 10 times the power (80 watts to 800 watts) to double the output level .
Recently I have joined avs for guide in buying a 5.1 ht.
I have a small room, and I bought a 4k tv (lg 49ub850t). Now I want great sound experience along with it. Recommend me a sound system keeping in mind that my room size is very small, it is 12*14 ft room. i have a 6*7bed and the remaining 14*6 ft area is left for ht setup. the ceiling height is approx 12-13ft.
Room will become clumsy if I will place floor-standing speakers but if it produce better quality sound than others, then I may deal with it. I am only concerned about sound quality in movies and music.

Actually I am 22 years guy and I can't walk well, you can say partly paralyzed after a surgery. I have finalized the following :

1. Receiver : Denon AVR X1100W or Onkyo TX-NR626
Onkyo has atmos, high res audio but most of the members are suggesting denon

2.Speakers:
Pioneer SP-PK52FS Andrew Jones Speaker Package - $500
or
Polk tsx 220b - $250 or tsx 440t -$350 or tsx 550t - $500 , tsx 250c - $300
or rti a1

3.Subwoofer:
SVS PB-1000 - $500

Since I am in India, all brands are not available here. Polk, Pioneer, KEF are available mainly. Please suggest the best combination for me.
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Recently I have joined avs for guide in buying a 5.1 ht.
I have a small room, and I bought a 4k tv (lg 49ub850t). Now I want great sound experience along with it. Recommend me a sound system keeping in mind that my room size is very small, it is 12*14 ft room. i have a 6*7bed and the remaining 14*6 ft area is left for ht setup. the ceiling height is approx 12-13ft.
Room will become clumsy if I will place floor-standing speakers but if it produce better quality sound than others, then I may deal with it. I am only concerned about sound quality in movies and music.

Actually I am 22 years guy and I can't walk well, you can say partly paralyzed after a surgery. I have finalized the following :

1. Receiver : Denon AVR X1100W or Onkyo TX-NR626
Onkyo has atmos, high res audio but most of the members are suggesting denon

2.Speakers:
Pioneer SP-PK52FS Andrew Jones Speaker Package - $500
or
Polk tsx 220b - $250 or tsx 440t -$350 or tsx 550t - $500 , tsx 250c - $300
or rti a1

3.Subwoofer:
SVS PB-1000 - $500

Since I am in India, all brands are not available here. Polk, Pioneer, KEF are available mainly. Please suggest the best combination for me.
Wow, I'm really saddened to hear of your misfortune due to the results of your surgery.

Atmos is in the very early stages, and I never worry much about technology that doesn't have a lot of media available, and probably won't have for a few years. I don't see a lot of difference between AVRs, since they will all perform about the same within the same price range. Most people here on AVS seem to like Denon and Marantz a bit more than others because of Audyssey, but I suspect one can successfully setup their system with any sound management system. Just pick out the AVR that has the features you want, but spend most of your money on speakers and a subwoofer.

In a room your size, I prefer bookshelf speakers. And with the restrictions in your room, bookshelf speakers make the most sense, but you'll need speaker stands (or wall mounting brackets). Once you add a subwoofer, the bass limitation of bookshelf speakers disappears. Buying towers with a subwoofer often wastes what makes towers more expensive, which is their bass handling capabilities. That part of the frequency range will be taken over and handled by a subwoofer (and handled much better).

KEF speakers are well thought of, but like most companies, it is probably dependent upon the models. I haven't heard either the Pioneer speakers or Polk speakers. Hopefully you have. If not, perhaps where you purchase the speakers will allow you to audition them in your home, or at least have a good return policy. The Pioneers are a budget speaker, but many here think the Andrew Jones modified Pioneers are a good speaker for the money. Perhaps you will get a few opinions from people here who have heard the Polk and Pioneer speakers you listed. But the preference of one speaker over another differs from person to person. Only you will know what sound you prefer. Just be prepared to take (or ship) the speaker back if you do not thoroughly enjoy it.

I think the PB-1000 is an excellent choice for your room and should perform very well. I do wish you better health in the future and an enjoyable audio experience in whatever speakers you decide to buy.
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Hello again everyone,

After some consultation with my architect, he suggests that if ever I'd like a secondary system (apart from theatre room), better have it in my bedroom since it's probably where I'll be hanging out the most.

I'm upping the speaker/amp budget to around $2,500 since its a more reasonable amount. For use, I'm looking at 50/50 movies/music.

In-wall or on-wall is not an option because the TV will be positioned behind windows. While some AV suppliers suggested directional in-ceiling like JBL LS360C but I'd like to make it the last resort as it will mean difficultly in changing/upgrading and I like to play around with equipment.

Can you please suggest some good speaker / amp combinations for this budget?

Also, where do you suggest to place the surrounds? Will on-wall be fine even with this room configuration?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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HTD, another company on my shortlist

$319 - $349 / pair (? shipping) HTD Level THREE bookshelf speaker: http://www.htd.com/Products/level-th...shelf-Speakers

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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

Another nice post on your part with lots of good choices
I also took at your review
My review: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/dbtrev...4850&ri=review
Very nice work


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^ Thanks for the compliments, Ray .

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Before I started to research about HT equipment, I only knew Bose just like the masses

I'm not 100% decided whether to push through with two extra 5.1 systems apart from the main HT room. But I figure it's practical to do surround wiring now as house is still in construction stage. Anyway, I'm at least 6 months away before a decision time comes.

If I push through with these 2 along with the main HT room, I'll have a surround system in at least 1 enclosed room in each floor of the house.
If you are going to pre-wire be sure to look up the recommended speaker positioning for a 5.1 system. Wire the room with a box termination (with speaker wire connections front and back) at each position. then you will be able to attach a wire from the box to the speaker and allow some play in your speaker position. One, two, or three speaker connector plate:
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2
Alternatively, if you want to pre-wire for a wider variety of uses, such as cat6, telephone, cable, RCA, etc ... you can go with a modular design, and buy the inserts (keystone connectors) that you need ....
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2
If you are going with in-wall speakers, be sure to leave a lot of extra wire at the end of your runs, to allow for some play in the eventual position of the speakers. Leave the hole-cutting for when you actually have the speakers in hand, as you will want to experiment with positioning BEFORE cutting the holes.

Lastly, do not pre-wire the sub, as it's position must be determined when the sub is in the room (look up the "sub crawl").
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