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$3000 budget; 5.1 speaker recommendations?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hello all,

I'm spending around ~$3500 on a new home theater. The receiver is gonna be the HK 3600 for $500 On closeout. The sub will likely be an outlet SVS, either tube or sealed for $1000ish, unless you have other suggestions?

So that leaves ~$2000 for fronts, center and surrounds. I like Klipsch if that gives you an idea of taste.. So bright.

My room is 11.5' x 23' x 8'h ceiling. Viewing distance is 9' with sectional against back wall, so surrounds will have to be on that back wall either mounted directly or with omnimounts.

Listening is 90% movies/ 10% music.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
-Josh
post #2 of 23
5 chase home theater sho-10's $2000 or sho-10 and vs18.1 sub package-$ 3000
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by smasher50 View Post

5 chase home theater sho-10's $2000 or sho-10 and vs18.1 sub package-$ 3000

+1

For a dedicated HT setup, seems like one of the best choices in your budget range.
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick replies. I've been out of the game a while and hadn't heard of these. Seem to be well regarded. Problem is the center, I only have room for a 9" tall speaker in my tv stand. What's everyone doing about that, I'm sure it's a common issue.
post #5 of 23
i think you can do better than that harmon kardon for the 500 (i had one, replaced it with a marantz that i like much much better)

for the speakers kef q series sound outstanding and can be had within your budget.
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post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cream puff View Post

i think you can do better than that harmon kardon for the 500 (i had one, replaced it with a marantz that i like much much better)

for the speakers kef q series sound outstanding and can be had within your budget.

The HK model is well regarded. Can you link some other suggestions?
post #8 of 23
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The HK model is well regarded. Can you link some other suggestions?

Also, take a look at the refurbish Denon
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by JMann2380 View Post

Hello all,

I'm spending around ~$3500 on a new home theater. The receiver is gonna be the HK 3600 for $500 On closeout. The sub will likely be an outlet SVS, either tube or sealed for $1000ish, unless you have other suggestions?

So that leaves ~$2000 for fronts, center and surrounds. I like Klipsch if that gives you an idea of taste.. So bright.

My room is 11.5' x 23' x 8'h ceiling. Viewing distance is 9' with sectional against back wall, so surrounds will have to be on that back wall either mounted directly or with omnimounts.

Listening is 90% movies/ 10% music.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
-Josh

I had a very similar budget ($2000 for a 5.0) and ended up going with the Boston Acoustic VS 260/325 series (thanks again Jim/Zieglj01 & phantomchess)

4 of the VS 260 bookshelf and 1 VS 325 center retail for $3700, but they are on closeout now from Vann's for $1350.

The center will fit under the 9 inch limitation you have. I use a corssover of 80, and find it blends very well with my SVS PC12-NSD. As a bonus, you'll come under budget by quite a bit (towards a better receiver/sub?)

Here are a few links to reviews of the series:

http://www.hometheater.com/content/b...speaker-system

http://www.hometheater.com/content/b...speaker-system

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/art...speaker-system

edited to add: just saw you like "bright". I would classify these as transparent, rather than bright (if that makes sense).
post #10 of 23
I would go for NHT Absolute system (Tower/Center/& Absolute Zero).

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_se...qid=1328469563

Or KEF Q900/Q200C/Q100.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...er-Each/1.html

http://www.accessories4less.com/inde...=kef+q&x=0&y=0

And for sub, I'd get 2 Rythmik FV12 subs @ $500 each.

http://www.rythmikaudio.com/FV12.html
post #11 of 23
You mentioned liking Klipsch.

I recommend buying used Klipsch. I REALLY like the RF-83s and RC-64 center. I started with RF-82s and RC-62. They were great, but then I found some used 83s and 64. Absolutely no regrets.

If you're close, I'll let you have a listen.

Some bookshelves will probably be the best fit for surrounds in your layout. Maybe find a pair of RB-61s?
post #12 of 23
I agree with the Son.

How's about being patient and nabbing some LaScalas over time? Guy in Indy has a 7.? all LaScala system and it's .... unreal.

Could be better with larger however, for the price/performance that you can get with LaScalas and the dynamics of all horn loaded .... ouch.
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by madhuski View Post

I had a very similar budget ($2000 for a 5.0) and ended up going with the Boston Acoustic VS 260/325 series (thanks again Jim/Zieglj01 & phantomchess)

4 of the VS 260 bookshelf and 1 VS 325 center retail for $3700, but they are on closeout now from Vann's for $1350.

The center will fit under the 9 inch limitation you have. I use a corssover of 80, and find it blends very well with my SVS PC12-NSD. As a bonus, you'll come under budget by quite a bit (towards a better receiver/sub?)

Here are a few links to reviews of the series:

http://www.hometheater.com/content/b...speaker-systemO

http://www.hometheater.com/content/b...speaker-system

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/art...speaker-system

edited to add: just saw you like "bright". I would classify these as transparent, rather than bright (if that makes sense).

ok I'm digging these BA's. I'm a sucker for a good deal. I just wish they had them available in Cherry. Any idea where I could find them in that color?
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thx for all the suggestions! I just don't have the time or patience for used right now. I'm leaning towards the Bostons with KEF in second place for more money.
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by JMann2380 View Post

Thx for all the suggestions! I just don't have the time or patience for used right now. I'm leaning towards the Bostons with KEF in second place for more money.

The Boston's are on closeout - it seems that piano black, is the only
color left - and the piano black really looks sharp. They are real good
with movies, games and music. They will easily crossover to a good
subwoofer, and they can take the power and get loud.
Good Luck with your decision.
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by JMann2380 View Post

Thx for all the suggestions! I just don't have the time or patience for used right now. I'm leaning towards the Bostons with KEF in second place for more money.


VANN's has a 15 day return policy, so you can demo the Boston's and send them back (minus shipping) if you don't like them

Good luck!
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by JMann2380 View Post

Thx for all the suggestions! I just don't have the time or patience for used right now. I'm leaning towards the Bostons with KEF in second place for more money.

OK. That's my one regret. Not being patient. Not that the 82s/62 aren't great - they ARE!!

it's just that I found better, within my budget, and went with them instead. Now I have all kinds of extra Klipsch speakers sitting around the house.
post #18 of 23
I would also look at brands like PSB Speakers and PAradigm... they offer great value for money as well
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
I couldn't pass up the Boston Acoustics deal from Vann's. I wish I could have gotten in when they had the towers or the cherry finish, but for $1300 I picked up (4) VS-260's and the VS-325C center.

I just need to get my receiver and sub ordered and I'll be all set.

Thanks everyone for your help and madhuski for pointing me towards the deal.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by JMann2380 View Post

I couldn't pass up the Boston Acoustics deal from Vann's. I wish I could have gotten in when they had the towers or the cherry finish, but for $1300 I picked up (4) VS-260's and the VS-325C center.

Good deal - have fun!
Make sure you feed them, with good clean power.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by cream puff View Post

i think you can do better than that harmon kardon for the 500 (i had one, replaced it with a marantz that i like much much better)

for the speakers kef q series sound outstanding and can be had within your budget.

I don't think he'll find more power and preamp outs for less.

Sure it lacks some of the whiz bang features and doesn't use audessy (which could be good thing for some), but it has a great amp, nice GUI and looks great.
post #22 of 23
Jmann

Got in on the Vanns VS deals over Black Friday

Here's how it turned out with our room.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1380682

You are going to be extremely happy
post #23 of 23
Right now, the NHT Classic 3 are on sale for $299 a piece, so I'd get 4 of those along with a ThreeC center for $499 which leaves about $300 for stands or wall mounts. The above is exactly what I will have once the 2 additional Classic 3's arrive that I just ordered. I also have 2 SW2 subs and a homemade 15" sub, 2 SuperOne presence and some Boston Acoustics that I will be moving from surrounds to surround rear.
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