Originally Posted by TH3_FRB
I'm buying a new house so I finally get to use the trio of RC-LCRs I picked up a couple of year ago and stashed in storage. I have 4 of the small Encore 5 sats that I could use for sides and surrounds mounted from the ceiling but I'd prefer to use new in-ceiling speakers asthetically. Anyone have suggestions for something that would work well with the LCR front stage? It doesn't need to be Energy. I'd love to stay under $300/set but could go up to $500 if it makes a significant difference.
Unfortunately the RC series in-walls are long gone, but I would try for a brand that has a common heritage (Canadian, based on NRC research) like Mirage or PSB. Or something that is known for neutrality like Ascend or Axiom that will blend well with most speakers. Surround speaker matching doesn't need to be perfect and if you have a receiver with a good auto EQ program it will negate a lot of tonal differences that remain.
Doing a quick google search it looks like Mirage models are discontinued (like Energy they have been ruined by the Klipsch/Audiovox takeover) but PSB has a nice selection of in ceilings: http://www.psbspeakers.com/products/round-in-ceiling
Looks like several would fit your budget: http://www.crutchfield.com/g_101500/...nd%7CPSB&avf=N
Originally Posted by TH3_FRB
Sub is currently the Encore 8 that came witht he Encore 5 set set so I'll be replacing that with something more substantial. The room is a big open main living space approximately 25' wide by 40' deep but the viewing area will only be about 15-20' deep. Any suggestions here - V-SW10? Not really interested in dual subs.
OMG that space will absolutely eat up a small 10" sub like the VSW. It doesn't matter how big the "listening area" is, the physics of long bass wavelengths mean the whole space needs to be filled. The only way to avoid that would be if you can place the sub nearfileld (e.g. right next to the couch as an end table or right behind the couch) in which case you don't need to pressurize the entire space.
Second there is absolutely no need to "match" the brand on the subwoofer, subs play at wavelengths that don't really have timbre so there is no issue sonically matching them to the speakers. Your only concerns should be getting enough woofage within your budget to meet your needs -- room size, desired output and extension, aesthetics and size/footprint. So forget about big box brands and go straight to the dedicated internet direct subwoofer manufacturers.
And if you aren't interested in dual subs (why exactly?) then you need a pretty bad ass subwoofer to have any chance at realistic cinema reproduction. If you could do duals you could probably be OK with two SVS PB-1000's ($950 with free shipping
). But if only a single sub, at the very minimum you need to be in the $600-800 class of subs (Outlaw LFM-1 EX, HSU VTF-3, SVS PB-2000).
Probably the best value for sheer output for your huge space and sound quality for the dollar in a single sub would be the HSU VTF-15H: http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-15h.html