AVS Forum is planning a series of buying guides for the holiday shopping season, and we need your help. Each guide will include the top picks of AVS members based on reviews, threads, and—most importantly—your response to queries such as this one.
So, what are your favorite 5.1 or 7.1 surround-speaker packages? Since this is for an upcoming buying guide, we're only looking for currently available models. Also, we'd like to focus on complete 5.1 or 7.1 packages, such as the Pioneer SP-PK52FS or GoldenEar SuperCinema 50, each of which includes front left and right towers, center speaker, left and right surrounds, and subwoofer. Satellite/subwoofer packages are also welcome. Of course, many people assemble a complete speaker system from individual products, but if we go that route in this case, the task of creating a buying guide will quickly become untenable. On the other hand, we are willing to consider custom packages assembled from the products of one manufacturer, as long as all the speakers are well-matched from the same product line.
Simply post a comment here with the make(s) and model number(s) and any elaboration you care to add; we might even use your comments in the final buying guide. Perhaps you love the one(s) you own or those you've seen at friends' places. Either way, feel free to include more than one, but please limit your response to the best you've seen among currently available models. You can also consider price and value in your choices—a particular product might not be the absolute best performer, but if it's very good and its price is relatively low, that makes it an outstanding value and worthy of inclusion.
Thanks for helping us help others find the best AV products available today!
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well as a new comer to the world of home theatre my upgrade to the Sony HT-AS5 from a set of Logic 5.1 pc setup is the best move ive made to notch up the cinema experience in my home. its got plenty of punch in it and sounds absolutely great. puts a smile on all those who sit down listening to it and they never fail to compliment the experience of anything short of amazing! i picked it up for £180 and couldnt be any more satisfied with it. A great buy for entry level experience.
I love it so i just had to share it!
The Aperion Intimus 4T Hybrid SD is a solid system that really performs well.
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Hsu Research Speakers,
HB-1MK2 / HC-1MK2 And their subwoofers. Is my favorite 5.1 package, great price and sound. :)
Hsu Research HB-1 MK2
Hsu Research Hc-1 MK2
Hsu Research VTF3 mk4 12" subwoofer
I have a Klipch bedroom system that isn't bad. Sats are pretty flat to below 120, which isn't bad for smaller speakers and it doesn't take that much power to get them loud. I prefer the larger Paradigm bookshelf/center/surrounds and SVS sub in the entertainment room of course.
Now, if Ascend had defined "sets" with the Rythmik subs they sell....
Not many people know about Atlantic Technology, but my experience has been wonderful with my 2200 series, and I've heard great things about the higher end 4400 system!
It continues to amaze me what my little speakers can do! They produce such volume and spaciousness in such small packages!
Here's a review, along with measurements: http://atlantictechnology.com/Upload/pdfs/reviews/current/ht-4400-review.pdf
Emotiva XMC-1 and Emotiva XPR-5
Ascend Acoustics Sierra Tower and Horizon with RAAL
Atlantic Technology SR2200 Surrounds
2 x Reaction Audio Echo 18 XL
Panasonic 65" ZT60
Its my new favorite and reference surround sound speakers packeage.
Q125 L/R + Q125 center + Q125 TriFIX
Q85 L/R/C + Q125 TriFIX
theres also front heights speakers Ken Kreisel QFH
with ken kreisel Subwoofers model DXD-808 or DXD12012 ( single, duo, trio or Quattro stack) its really something.
Anthem MRX310 | XTZ 93.23 DIY 5.1 (Seas Jantzen Mundorf) | DXD808 | Oppo 103D | LG OLED 55EC930V | Mitsubishi HC5 | Lusoscreen 100"
Actually, it does not mean home theater in a box, which, to me, is a set of speakers, some sort of AV receiver, and a disc player. What I'm asking about here is only speaker packages with no electronics.
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I own 4 floor standing and the center.......my basement rumbles when it comes to base and clarity.
A bit pricey for the low, low budget folk's, but not too expensive for the medium do it yourself like i am...........picked up a pair of the floor standing ones at best buy a couple months back for $1550
Great sound from these speakers pushed from my Denon 790 AV receiver..
Dish Network Hopper
Definitive Technology Pro Cinema 800
1 of those was going to be my pick till i went with with the polk rtia line. So happy i went my current route
DT speakers are consistently well-reviewed and it's an established, successful dedicated speaker company; once could do much worse than to start with the ProCinema 800 or 1000 package.
(Personally, I would recommend replacing the ProCenter 1000 with the Procenter 2000 when configuring; the PC2000 is a remarkable center-channel speaker that can serve well even after a future upgrade to larger mains, but which is also a perfect match for the ProMonitor 1000 -- better, IMO, than the ProCenter 1000 that comes with the ProCinema 1000 package.)
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I currently have 3 separate surround sound systems all using Martin Logan electrostats, they are a 5.1, 7.2 and 7.1, two are home theater systems and one is a music only system.
If an electrostatic surround sound system isn't in your buyers guide it certainly should be.
Agreed. The energy take five classics are a superb value....they are small, look nice, sound great, and low priced. Cnet nailed it when they highly rated these. I love them.
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