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Looking for 5.1 speakers and have no idea really where to start. I'm planning on buying the Sony STR-DA5200ES receiver as well. What's a good speaker brand?
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What's your budget? What size speakers are you looking for? How big is the room they will be going in? How is the room furnished (hardwood floors? lots of windows? etc.)?
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Anything that is not sold out of the back of a white van is "decent".

I suggest you visit some of your local non big box HT dealers, and listen to several different brands so you can get an idea of what type of sound you like and how much your willing to pay for it.
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Morel Speakers!! They will impress and they are not to much!!!

http://www.morelhifi.com/
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like the initial responder says... what is your budget? what size room are you in? do you want floorstanders, bookshelves, or something even smaller?

if your budget for speakers and a woofer is, say, greater than $800 then you really have a lot of options. for less than that, you can still piece together a decent system, but it might be better to go 2.1 or 3.1 until you have more money to finish out the system.
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You'll need to be much more specific and offer more information in order to get recommendations that are appropriate for you. Otherwise, you'll just get people shouting out their favorite speaker (the one they so wisely purchased).

Price range, room size and acoustics, listening habits, aesthetics, various personnal preferences, size requirements, freestanding/inwall/ceiling, etc.

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Sure. Vandersteen. Oh, and what everyone else said about budget, music styles, etc.

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emotep, To echo what has already been said--you're question is unbelievably vague. Depending on your definition of of "decent." The only real answer that I can give that will be truly 100% accuarate is ALL OF THEM. Every brand is in business, therefore selling them to someone who obviously think they are decent or else they wouldn't have bought them. So again a decent speker brand is every brand of speakers made. Happy hunting. Now to try to be helpful. there are about...oh anywhere from 10 to 100 variables that come into to play with every speaker selction. You need to tell us what you are trying to accomplish--do you want all identical florrstnaders, do you want all inwall and in celings, do you have space for muliptle monster subs, do you have to match the decor of the room, ETc, etc,..it goes on and on. Also there is the slightly important thing of a budget. if it is unlimited then you have literally THOUSANDS of options. If you are limited to say $1000 then we have a good reference point to work with to start making realistic recommendations. It doesn't matter what the budget is, we just need to know what it is. You can't say something like I want a good deal or a good value either--we need a real range say, $2000-$2500 or $500-$750. Value varies from one person to the next. Some people would never spend less than than $20,000 on a set of speaker while others would never spend more than $400--you see my point. We will be more than happy to help if you give the info we need to help you.

Above all, enjoy the sound.
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Looking for 5.1 speakers and have no idea really where to start. I'm planning on buying the Sony STR-DA5200ES receiver as well. What's a good speaker brand?

Paradigm, Paradigm, Paradigm.

Complete range of very high quality lines to fit your budget.

Nice Stuff!
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I would recommend the Paradigm brand as well. I like the sound of them and there is a fairly wide variety of types and cost.
You need to audition speakers much more than going by what anyone says or recommends. We all hear differently and those with "tuned" ears hear at a level most of us are not even aware of.
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Check out Ascend Acoustics.

http://www.ascendacoustics.com/
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Well I guess he's been racking his brain over his new speaker purchase for the last month now! What dedication to sound!
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Well I guess he's been racking his brain over his new speaker purchase for the last month now! What dedication to sound!

Well then by all means.... we should recommend BOSE.

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Well then by all means.... we should recommend BOSE.

Play nice.
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Check out ********** - great speakers to be had for most budgets.

With that said, you need to be WAY more specific in what your budget, listenting pref, etc. for specific guidance to be provided.
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As everyone says, you have to give people guidance on your budget, general room parameters, and whether you were intending on using the system primarily for home theater or for listening to music (and also, what type of music can sway things).

Without knowing any of those things, though, you may want to take a look at OrbAudio.com as one option.
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Well I guess he's been racking his brain over his new speaker purchase for the last month now! What dedication to sound!

That is quite unnecessary, especially since the OP has been a member longer than yourself!
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Emotep, there are litarally dozens of choices out there(if not hundreds) the best thing I can say is figure out your budgetand start auditioning speakers in that range. Then Buy the ones you like the sound of. It helps if you listen on equipment like yours. Ten different people on here will give you 12 different answers and they will all be correct. I bought Klipsch speakers and love them. And yes there were about twenty brands I liked better but the price was out of my range. Some are great for home theater but not for music So take whatever media you will be using these for with you and go audition some speakers. Ask questions, if they don't answer clearly go elsewhere. Also Keep your speakers matched. I mean don't have 1 brand for fronts and another for surrounds. This doesn't really apply to subs. But have fun looking and get what you like. One thing you can do is search a brand on this forum by name and it will give you several threads to look at.
GOOD LUCK
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My adult son bought a set of Klipcsh speakers for his 5.1 setup. I think the price for the set was around $500. They really sound nice.
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