I should probably mention that I will likely not upgrade later on, so whatever I get now will be what I'm stuck with.
[quote=pase22;54538678]In that size room, you'll need a pretty large sub to cover the entire space or dual smaller subs. A good sub is the back bone a good HT setup and greatly enhances the viewing enjoyment.
For starters you could get a pair of Dayton Audio B652-AIR for $60. You can later move these to surround duty when budget allows for a better front stage which can be had for about $300-500. Add an RBH I-12 sub and you'll have a solid foundation to build on.
Alternatively you can get 3 Def tech SM45' for $375 and get sub and surrounds later unless you can increase your budget. The above recommended JBL' are also a good option.
Originally Posted by zieglj01
You should notice more detail, definition, imaging, and soundstage presentation. It is a good way to start -- and the prices are really good.
I have owned the likes of Pioneer, Polk, and Micca, and I find them lacking and wanted more -- I have owned several JBL speakers, from budget friendly on up and they do good work.
The Dayton Audio B652-AIR seem like a really good price. How would you compare them against the JBL B17? I haven't had too much experience with home theater audio, but I'm not really sure if I care to spend $415+ on the sub. I know that sound is a preference but in your opinion....
Would the JBL B17 + + Emotiva BasX S8 subwoofer be a better option than Dayton Audio B652-AIR + RBH I-12?
Originally Posted by rolfeskj
I am just finishing my home theater and was in the same boat as you. Cheap but good 5.1.2 system. There is a ton of stuff out there that will work. I personally went used to setup my system, Front PSB GB1 Bookshelf paid $200 ($1100 MRSP), PSB C40 Center paid $100 ($400 MSRP) and I got 4 in wall 6 1/2" speakers for my rear and Atmos height channels, new, paid $150, for all 4. I already owned a 20 year old Def Tech PL1500 15" subwoofer I will use for now. So for under $500 I have a solid setup.
In general get speakers with at least 5 1/4" woofers, especially your fronts. If you want to spend $400 now get a sold 2.1 system and add a center and rears later. But if you don't plan to spend any addition money later than just do a 5.1 system.
As for a sub, look used. Anything new under $200 is just bad but something like a BIC America V1220, would be decent enough. Try to get a 10" sub or bigger for home theater. At $400 - $500 you start getting into decent subs but that is way more sub and money than you are looking for.
I'm trying to look for used as well but can't find much in my area. How is the BIC America V1220 compared to the Emotiva BasX S8 that zieglj01 mentioned?
Right now, I'm liking the option of the JBL L/R/C ($249 total) with a cheap decent subwoofer. I was targeting to spend only $100 on the sub lol, but it seems like $200 is more likely unless I find a used one.