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Old 12-21-2006, 09:18 AM - Thread Starter
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Doing my first HT upgrade in about 80 years. (I got tired of hand cranking my phonograph.)

I'm inclined to keep my old (1990) Infinity Reference 6 speakers as my main R/L. They are big, but they are NICE.

I'm going to be upgrading my surrounds, my center, and my sub. I'd like to keep total cost for this portion of the upgrade around $1500, no more than 2K max.

I have a friend who does a/v installations. He is suggesting Elan speakers and a Velodyne sub. I'm familiar with the Velodyne, obviously, but not so much on the Elans. I did a search and did not find much.

Does anyone have any opinions on the Elan subs? I've noticed several times where these speakers are suggested by custom installers? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Do they sound nice? Do they offer good value for the money?

My original inclination was to go with B&W, but my friend says more bang for smaller bucks with Elan.

Any input is appreciated.

FWIW, the room is an accoustical nightmare. 20 feet by 20 feet, 18 foot ceiling and hard wood floors.

Any help or feeback or suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:38 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm beginning to think these speakers don't really exist. They seem to be SOOOO off the radar around here! I guess that must either be a very GOOD sign or a very BAD sign!
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I don't think they make anything but in-wall speakers, which is why there isn't much talk of them here. And I didn't know they made subs, either ( http://www.elanhomesystems.com/product/speakers/ )

One thing, though -- you will receive MANY suggestions, including from me, to replace your left/right main speakers as well. Getting the mains and the center to match tonally is very important to the sound. If you like them for music, you could use an amplifier that has separate A/B speakers for the mains -- use your Infinity speakers for music only and a matched 5-speaker setup for movies/TV.

If you are looking for in-wall speakers, you might also look into the low-profile on-wall speakers out there. That would give you some more choices to look at.
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I don't think they make anything but in-wall speakers, which is why there isn't much talk of them here. And I didn't know they made subs, either ( http://www.elanhomesystems.com/product/speakers/ )

One thing, though -- you will receive MANY suggestions, including from me, to replace your left/right main speakers as well. Getting the mains and the center to match tonally is very important to the sound. If you like them for music, you could use an amplifier that has separate A/B speakers for the mains -- use your Infinity speakers for music only and a matched 5-speaker setup for movies/TV.

If you are looking for in-wall speakers, you might also look into the low-profile on-wall speakers out there. That would give you some more choices to look at.


Thanks for the suggestions!

I don't really have room for two sets of main left and right speakers.

Getting rid of the infinities will make wife very happy, and me very sad.

From what I understand...

Probably okay to go with Elans in the rear as long as my center and left/right match? (B&W, DefTech, Paradime, etc.)
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there's a speaker manufacturer called "Alon"... is that what he was referring to?

i think they are now "Nola," but they apparently make some pretty high-end speakers... although i've never heard any, so i couldn't tell you anything more than that.

music is the best.
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How about Elac? I have heard them, and they sounded pretty good.

http://www.elac.com/en/index.html

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Its elan. Here's their website:

http://www.elanhomesystems.com/produ...akers/mseries/

I listened to some DefTech SM 350s at Magnolia today along with their same level center (forgot the model no.) WOW, those things blew me away!!!

I will probably end up passing on the elans and going deftech all the way around.

Price vs. performance on the deftechs was GREAT!

Unfortunately, Magnolia did not have the SM 450s (which I would likely prefer), nor did they have the DefTech inwall speakers, so I may have to find another vendor.

Now I just need to decide if I want to go with the DefTech supercube sub or the SVS monster I've been eyeing...
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ive herd the Elan thp800c there really good also you can point the tweeter in the direction you want which is really good for in walls.
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Doing my first HT upgrade in about 80 years.


Eh??? Speak up!
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Eh??? Speak up!


Yeah...

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theater point speakers come inwall and enclosure. i know i work for elan but they are a great little speaker give them a listen especially if you pair it with a velodyne or sunfire sub they sound great.

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Stew,

ELAN makes fantastic products and we use them for our control systems. As for their speakers, I personally do not use them, but I know some that do and they seem to be happy with them.

Audio quality is the most important to me. There are obviously much better speakers available from companies that do only speaker manufacturing. I would try and listen to as many choices as possible and decide for yourself. Does your installer not have a showroom for you to listen to the ELANS? If not, boo on him.

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Stew,

ELAN makes fantastic products and we use them for our control systems. As for their speakers, I personally do not use them, but I know some that do and they seem to be happy with them.

Audio quality is the most important to me. There are obviously much better speakers available from companies that do only speaker manufacturing. I would try and listen to as many choices as possible and decide for yourself. Does your installer not have a showroom for you to listen to the ELANS? If not, boo on him.

Well...

As it turns out...

Thanks y'all for the response on the Elans, but I took another direction. After adequately demoing to my wife how "small" the system would sound with what my she wanted, I went out and got what *I* had wanted from the start!

I am now running the following speakers:

DefTech 7002 for left right front
DefTech CLR 2500 center
DefTech UIWBPAs for surround, and...
Hsu VTF-3 HO sub


I now have what could only be described as "big" sound.

And a lovely and wonderful wife, as well. Thank you dear!
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