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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I need some desperate help guys.
My girlfriend and I just moved into a home together.
For the last few years I have been happily rocking out with:

Infinity beta 50 fronts
Infinity beta 20 rears
Infinity beta C250 center
Velodyne VX-10B

Harmon Kardon AVR-140

I would say I listen to music 60% and movies 40%. Our new living room is 18' x 15'

I've been told that speakers are too big to make a happy home

I'm in need of some recommendations. Should I swap it out for a whole new 5.1 system? should I just replace the fronts and rears and keep the center and sub? Our budget is max $850. I think best thing I've seen so far is this KEF C1 system for $500.

What do you all think?
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by zeffer111 View Post

I need some desperate help guys.
My girlfriend and I just moved into a home together.
For the last few years I have been happily rocking out with:

Infinity beta 50 fronts
Infinity beta 20 rears
Infinity beta C250 center
Velodyne VX-10B

Harmon Kardon AVR-140

I would say I listen to music 60% and movies 40%. Our new living room is 18' x 15'

I've been told that speakers are too big to make a happy home

I'm in need of some recommendations. Should I swap it out for a whole new 5.1 system? should I just replace the fronts and rears and keep the center and sub? Our budget is max $850. I think best thing I've seen so far is this KEF C1 system for $500.

What do you all think?

Uhh... not to be rude, but you have no reason not to throw a BIG stink about that. She'll back off, especially if you had them prior to dating her...
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Jay1 View Post

Uhh... not to be rude, but you have no reason not to throw a BIG stink about that. She'll back off, especially if you had them prior to dating her...

+1, or get really awesome monitors/bookshelves and keep your sub.
post #4 of 18
Order a set of these and see how fast your other speakers pass the bar.

http://www.montanaloudspeakers.com/s...rence-speakers
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Havok305 View Post

+1, or get really awesome monitors/bookshelves and keep your sub.

Well, I used to have them in a big studio/loft and I also do find them a bit imposing in the new space, and I do somewhat see her point.

I'm looking for recommendation for a replacement set. Either a new 5.1 set, or a combination thereof.

Thanks everyone.
post #6 of 18
The Classia replaced the Beta - on super close out pricing
Buy 3 for the front, left and center
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpa...egories&ks=960

An option for surrounds
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

One sub to look at - Bic
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-PL-200-Aco.../dp/B001W3FXAQ
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by zeffer111 View Post

Well, I used to have them in a big studio/loft and I also do find them a bit imposing in the new space, and I do somewhat see her point.

I'm looking for recommendation for a replacement set. Either a new 5.1 set, or a combination thereof.

Thanks everyone.

I am in a similar boat, I want floor standers, but the wife isn't having it.

Eyeballing Paradigm monitors, DefTech Promonitor 1000's, MartinLogan Motion 4's.

I was looking seriously at the HSU HB1, Energy RC-10, Aperion Initimus, but they are larger and less aesthetically pleasing to her.

I showed her the DefTech Mythos, and she wasn't having it.

I think you are in a better position because you should be able to negotiate a decent sized speaker (larger drivers) since you have towers now. Keep your Beta 20's and get the best front three you can get away with. Then upgrade your rears later.

Good luck!
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by zeffer111 View Post
I need some desperate help guys.
My girlfriend and I just moved into a home together.
For the last few years I have been happily rocking out with:

Infinity beta 50 fronts
Infinity beta 20 rears
Infinity beta C250 center
Velodyne VX-10B

Harmon Kardon AVR-140

I would say I listen to music 60% and movies 40%. Our new living room is 18' x 15'

I've been told that speakers are too big to make a happy home

I'm in need of some recommendations. Should I swap it out for a whole new 5.1 system? should I just replace the fronts and rears and keep the center and sub? Our budget is max $850. I think best thing I've seen so far is this KEF C1 system for $500.

What do you all think?
$850, eh? I have a well cared for Bose system you can buy off me.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1249863
post #9 of 18
JPark, I just read that whole thread and it almost made my day. Some people. How are you liking your Jamo's?

Throw that Bose up on craigslist or something for like 200 bucks less than retail.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Big Whitey View Post
JPark, I just read that whole thread and it almost made my day. Some people. How are you liking your Jamo's?

Throw that Bose up on craigslist or something for like 200 bucks less than retail.
Yeah, those were good times. I'm loving the Jamos. They sound pretty good and the finish quality is impossible to beat for that price. I still need to build some floating shelves to put the surrounds on, and I do sometimes feel guilty for taking up so much space in the front room, but other than that life is good.
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
I found some Paradigm Titan V.6 monitors at a local retailer for $500.
They sounded pretty amazing in their listening room, and I'm pretty sure that I'll pick them up.

Do you think that I should throw down another $300 (for the demo) for the Paradigm CC-190 center channel? or should I just stick with the Infinity C250 center? will it be a total mismatch?
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by zeffer111 View Post
I need some desperate help guys.
My girlfriend and I just moved into a home together.
For the last few years I have been happily rocking out with:

Infinity beta 50 fronts
Infinity beta 20 rears
Infinity beta C250 center
Velodyne VX-10B

Harmon Kardon AVR-140

I would say I listen to music 60% and movies 40%. Our new living room is 18' x 15'

I've been told that speakers are too big to make a happy home

I'm in need of some recommendations. Should I swap it out for a whole new 5.1 system? should I just replace the fronts and rears and keep the center and sub? Our budget is max $850. I think best thing I've seen so far is this KEF C1 system for $500.
You're not going to get what many of us consider to be acceptable performance from physically smaller speakers because they lack the displacement needed for distortion free peaks at pleasant listening levels.

The SAF friendly compromises which accommodate that are to either get nicer large speakers that are more like furniture, hide the speakers behind an acoustically transparent projection screen and/or false wall, or use in-walls built with rigid enclosures behind decorator friendly grills.

Three of these for the front stage should work OK for $2700 retail.

http://www.triadspeakers.com/products/iws4lcr.html

You guys might prefer to keep your existing speakers until you've saved up enough extra pennies.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by zeffer111 View Post
Do you think that I should throw down another $300 (for the demo) for the Paradigm CC-190 center channel? or should I just stick with the Infinity C250 center? will it be a total mismatch?
If you buy Paradigm, then get the Paradigm center.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by drewh01 View Post

Order a set of these and see how fast your other speakers pass the bar.

http://www.montanaloudspeakers.com/s...rence-speakers

http://www.luxurylaunches.com/gadget...music_buff.php 2800lbs of solid aluminum
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Havok305 View Post

I am in a similar boat, I want floor standers, but the wife isn't having it.

Eyeballing Paradigm monitors, DefTech Promonitor 1000's, MartinLogan Motion 4's.

I was looking seriously at the HSU HB1, Energy RC-10, Aperion Initimus, but they are larger and less aesthetically pleasing to her.

I showed her the DefTech Mythos, and she wasn't having it.

I think you are in a better position because you should be able to negotiate a decent sized speaker (larger drivers) since you have towers now. Keep your Beta 20's and get the best front three you can get away with. Then upgrade your rears later.

Good luck!

He's in a better position because he's not married yet. Once he's married, then the hammer will come down and he will be shopping for cute speakers.
post #16 of 18
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by zeffer111 View Post

I need some desperate help guys.
My girlfriend and I just moved into a home together.
For the last few years I have been happily rocking out with:

Infinity beta 50 fronts
Infinity beta 20 rears
Infinity beta C250 center
Velodyne VX-10B

Harmon Kardon AVR-140

I would say I listen to music 60% and movies 40%. Our new living room is 18' x 15'

I've been told that speakers are too big to make a happy home

I'm in need of some recommendations. Should I swap it out for a whole new 5.1 system? should I just replace the fronts and rears and keep the center and sub? Our budget is max $850. I think best thing I've seen so far is this KEF C1 system for $500.

What do you all think?

Do you have another room you could move your existing 5.1 set up (basement?) and then go 2.0 or 2.1 in the living room? Especially with favoring music over movies, a nice 2 channel set up might be ideal with 5.1 elsewhere in the house.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Havok305 View Post

I am in a similar boat, I want floor standers, but the wife isn't having it.

Eyeballing Paradigm monitors, DefTech Promonitor 1000's, MartinLogan Motion 4's.

I was looking seriously at the HSU HB1, Energy RC-10, Aperion Initimus, but they are larger and less aesthetically pleasing to her.

I showed her the DefTech Mythos, and she wasn't having it.

I think you are in a better position because you should be able to negotiate a decent sized speaker (larger drivers) since you have towers now. Keep your Beta 20's and get the best front three you can get away with. Then upgrade your rears later.

Good luck!


Maybe she'll consider the Aperion Verus. . .
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