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Hi all,

I am looking for a 5.1 speaker recommendations. I am updating my old equipment because my Denon AVR-2800 was ruined by the cat (long story). My receiver will probably be a Yamaha RX-V1700 or Denon AVR-2307ci (unless someone can recommend something else in their price range). I prefer music (60/40) over movies. My room is 24'x14' and 8' high. Thanks
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Here's an easy one... http://www.svsound.com/products-sys-sbs_black.cfm

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Hi all,

I am looking for a 5.1 speaker recommendations. I am updating my old equipment because my Denon AVR-2800 was ruined by the cat (long story). My receiver will probably be a Yamaha RX-V1700 or Denon AVR-2307ci (unless someone can recommend something else in their price range). I prefer music (60/40) over movies. My room is 24'x14' and 8' high. Thanks

For receiver also check out Denon AVR-887, it is very similar to AVR-2307CI and MSRP is $100 less than 2307ci.
http://usa.denon.com/ProductDetails/...mageField.y=18
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If music is your priority, then I would focus on a 2.1 system over 5.1, and then add as funds allow. I think you will get more enjoyment out of your music, and have a better system in the long run.

Say if you spend $4-5 hundy on a sub, that leaves you 7-8 hundy to spend on 5 speakers.

Whereas if you concentrate on your mains right now, you have $700 to spend on a pair, which will sound much better. If you really must have surround sound, just get a pair of the $50 Insignias from BB until you can get matching surrounds.

This is just my opinion, but if I had $1200 to spend all at once I would go with these:

http://cls.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....oni&1165773829
http://www.hsustore.com/vtf2.html

Or match that sub with any bookshelf speaker that YOU like in the $700-$800 range, and you will have a great 2.1 system. Buying used gets you the best value other that building your own using a speaker kit.
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To tack on to what Rockem said, you would be even better served by spending less money on a new receiver and putting more funds towards the speakers.
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-09-2006, 07:08 AM
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Quickly, used is good, just talk to the guy with the used equipment - on the phone - first. Many of these guys are particular as well as audio enthusiasts, who are simply upgrading to even more expensive equipment. They usually have good stuff for sale, but a few people do not.

Your room is sized nicely, but is not too large. One 12" sub should be sufficient. Or 10", until you can upgrade.

In the short term, for a receiver I like the Denon stuff and the Pioneer Elite; if you can find a good example used it is hard to go wrong with the newer Elite receivers. Anything over 70 wpc will be good, as long as you get a high quality receiver with a large power supply! That's why I like Denon and the Elite series, 70 wpc actually means 70 wpc. With several other mfrs 110 wpc means 60... Another story, explained in the thread linked to below...

I'm sure there are more, but I know of three options for inexpensive speaker systems that have a chance of delivering good sound. If you want big crappy sounding speakers, these are not for you!

Paragigm CT110, Energy act6, and Mirage Nanosat all list for around $800. Gallo might have a small system that would fit into this category too.

With any of these systems, you shouldn't expect audiophile quality sound at really loud volumes - but you should expect music and dialoge that is accurate and pleasing to the ears. The sub you get with these systems will round out the audio spectrum, but not have you holding your chest from the impact the top fuel dragster on your television screen is providing. (But, to do that, you need a $1000 sub...)

You might think of this as a two-stage operation, where will you start and where do you want to wind up? One option is to start with one of the three/four quality mfrs. I suggested, with the idea of trading up when you can. That is the only way, in my opinion, you will reach your goal (assuming good, accurate sound is your goal). If you try and do it all at once: for $1200 you can do small and pleasing, or big and crappy. Being lucky and prudent and finding good, used equipment will get you closer to big and good, for the same money, sooner.

I'm saying $2000 to $2500 for an excellent bottom-rung Really Good system. For good (?) information on options for a pretty good system,
HERE IS a well thought-out (?) post I did for someone else who had a room with volume a little larger than yours.

Hope this helps!
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How about Wharfedale Diamond 9.6 fronts, center and DFS wall mount dipole surrounds. Round that out with SVS or Hsu sub. That sould fit in budget.

Oh, and shoot the cat...
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I prefer not to buy used. Thanks for the informative post DelsFan.
I would like to listen to these speakers below. I could come up with more $$$ (1,500 range)

-SVSound SBS-01 5.1 Set with PB12-NSD $1,149
-Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SE mains, CMT-340 SE center, HTM-200 rears, Hsu VTF-2 MK2 $1538

I will listen to others in stores.

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For receiver also check out Denon AVR-887, it is very similar to AVR-2307CI and MSRP is $100 less than 2307ci.

As for the denon, only difference I see is AVR-2307CI has:

RS-232 Port - Third Party Remote Controllers
+12v Trigger Output - Assignable

I could save some $$$. I wonder why there are no reviews on this site for the AVR-887?

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Oh, and shoot the cat...

As for the cat... my wife would shoot me.
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I spent a bit over $1400 in the livingroom for speakers and like you, music gets a bit more attention.

You might be able to do better but I'm quite happy with this setup...

JBL E90's $400 shipped
JBL E50's $220 shipped
JBL EC35 around $200
SVS PCi 20-39 $650 shipped

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"I could come up with more $$$"

He's getting the hang of this! Yes?
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I purchased a Denon AVR-2307ci because of the great price. I listened to a few speakers and decided on getting Ascend Acoustics (upped my budget).

I just purchased:
CMT-340 SE mains
CMT-340 SE center
HTM-200 rears
Hsu VTF-2 MKIII

Thanks for all the info and will let you know how I like the Ascend Acoustics when they come in.
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