Originally Posted by Maverick374
My theater is about 13x14. I am in the military so moving around a lot means what works great now might not work well in a year or two when I move. I have no problem going with an oversized system now to avoid rebuying later
I am looking for a 5.1 to a 7.1 system but the 7 might be tight in that space.
While I know that I can find towers that will help in the quest for a good HT, I am just wonder if it is worth the extra money for someone who will use it primarily for movies, TV
Thanks for all your help!
There is some advantage to Floorstanding in a Home Theater system. Consider what drivers in the Floorstanding are moving above the typical 80hz crossover relative to Bookshelf speakers.
That said, I think for a vast majority of people in a vast majority of circumstances, a Bookshelf system provides the best results on all fronts.
Under no circumstances do I every recommend tiny Lifestyle Satellite speaker - too much money for not enough speakers. But having said that, I do recognize that there can be a time and place for speakers like this. I just don't ever see myself in that time or place.
Of course, budget matters, since there is more drivers to a floorstanding, it cost more without upgrading the sound, but it does give benefits in other areas. Just as an example, the Monitor Audio Bronze are a very good well respected line, but their floorstanding is roughly the same price as the Monitor Audio SILVER bookshelf. So for a fixed amount of money, you typically get better sound quality from a bookshelf. You just don't quite get the impact. However, for movies, a lot of what we would consider impact will come from the subwoofer.
In a room the size of 13ft x 14ft, that's pretty small, so that again pushes more strongly in the direction of Bookshelf speakers.
As to the Surround speakers, they are typically dictated by circumstances. Many people simply don't have any place at the side to place the first set of Surround speakers. So, they go on the wall to the side, assuming there is room, or they go on the back wall above the listener.
The Front Three (Left/Center/Right) plus the Sub are your primary concerns, after that, for Side/Rear Surround, circumstances dictate the possibilities there. It would not be uncommon to have Bookshelf in Front, and Satellite in the Side/Rear simply because there is really no place to put Surround Bookshelf speakers. Again, that is very situation dependent.
With a Speaker-only budget of about $2500, you should be able to do exceptionally well. In fact for less than that, you should be able to do exceptionally well.
For example -
The Surrounds here are small bookshelf, but SV Sound does make another bookshelf that lends itself better to wall mounting -
These can be mounted high and as you can see, angled down.
That system does NOT include a Subwoofer, but for a small space like that, either of these Subs would be enough -
That takes the full system price to about $1550. Again, no one would be crying over having that system.
That would leave you a pretty substantial sum for an AV Receiver, you should be able to get something well above average.
And by the way, in that small space, stick with 5.1.
Also, the Front Bookshelf in that SV Sound 5.0 system linked to, would still make very good music speakers.
There are others - Wharfedale, Monitor Audio, Klipsch, ELAC
, and the Internet Direct s
ellers like HSU, SVS, Emp-Tek,
and many others. My example was simply to illustrate what is easily possible within your budget range.