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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.

 

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Sony HT-AS5

http://www.sony.co.uk/product/hcs-home-cinema-speaker/ht-as5

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!
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The one in your picture on the front page - the goldenear supersat cinema smile.gif
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The Energy Take Five Classics are top choices for budget surround sound aficionados for a reason! They get my vote.

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. :)

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Hsu Research HB-1 MK2
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Hsu Research VTF3 mk4 12" subwoofer
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Anything but Bose? Sorry.. had to say it.

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.
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Klipsch THX Ultra2. Pretty much beats anything out there as far as packages go.
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The only package I have experience with is the Energy Take Five Classic 5.1 set, which I'd recommend for those with a small budget and a small room....

Now, if Ascend had defined "sets" with the Rythmik subs they sell....

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Currently best in the market for the price and quality is Golden Ear.

Pair of Triton II
Pair of SuperSat50 for sides
Super Center XL for center
Pair of SuperSat 3 for Rear
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Well Scott the 600 series BW speaker's or Martan Logans Motions series speaker's .
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We have the Andrew Jones Pioneer set. I picked up the SP-FS52 towers, the SP-BS22 Bookshelf set, and the SP-C22 Center for about 40% off, and added the BIC America PL-200 sub. Love them, even at full price I can't imagine a better value.
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When i first bought my first home theater for my room, it was a sony 5.1 home theater in a box. It was decent, but the avr broke so i got newer ones as I kept my sony speakers from 2002 as well as the sub, which work well with my first lossless AVR the yamaha. So i say Sony is a good bet.
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How about the Atlantic Technology 4400 THX 5.1 system? Which consists of a pair of 4400 LR($1,100), and a 4400 C($625), a pair of 4400 SR(1,000), and a 642e Subwoofer($1,250).

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

Also: http://www.soundandvision.com/content/atlantic-technology-system-4400-speaker-system

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I assume this means home theater in a box. I had an older version of the Harman Kardon HKTS 60 that were fantastic. I probably would have kept them longer if I realized the room correction on my receiver had chosen a crappy cross-over.
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I recently had a audition to the most amazing set of speakers ive heard , the Ken kreisel 5.1
Its my new favorite and reference surround sound speakers packeage.

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I assume this means home theater in a box. I had an older version of the Harman Kardon HKTS 60 that were fantastic. I probably would have kept them longer if I realized the room correction on my receiver had chosen a crappy cross-over.


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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Luv mi definitive technology 8060' s.........................these babies are excellent for home theater.
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
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I have the Definitive Technology ProCinema 800

Great sound from these speakers pushed from my Denon 790 AV receiver..

http://www.definitivetech.com/products/procinema-800-system
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I have also owned the Definitive Technology ProCinema 6.1 system for 12 years now, and I can say that for a mid-priced system the speakers are clean and powerful, and the sub kicks. I imagine the new models are even better, with all of the satellites and center channel having passive radiators, as well as the sub. Build quality is excellent. This is a great company, with excellent (US) tech support. http://www.definitivetech.com/products/procinema-1000
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Ive heard great things about the energy take classic 5.1 package and polk blackstone package.
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
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DefTech does a nice job of voicing their speakers similarly across the line. This offers a logical upgrade path, with the original speakers becoming back-surrounds or "wide" speakers after upgrading the mains to something more substantial. Yet the bookshelves included with the ProCinema 800 or 1000 sets are completely respectable speakers on their own.

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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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.

In that case, Paradigm Signature Series. smile.gif
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Took some heat for it, from guys that think that you don't need the same capabilities from the rear channels, but the truth is that there are many sources available today that make the rears just as important as the front. Anyway, a Martin Logan matched 5.1 electrostatic system consisting of 4 CLXs, a Stage X, and a Descent i was the best system that I had ever heard, assembled or owned.

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.
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The Energy Take Five Classics are top choices for budget surround sound aficionados for a reason! They get my vote.

The Aperion Intimus 4T Hybrid SD is a solid system that really performs well.
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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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