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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm finally looking to replace my Sony HTIB. I think I'll start by getting AVR, main speakers, center, sub, and 2 outdoor speakers for zone 2.

For the receiver, I'm looking at Denon 2112ci. I need help with the speakers, though.

Bad thing, there is no floor space so bookshelves are probably the only option. I would prefer to wall mount them as that's where current Sony speakers are mounted and the wires are already routed.

This will be used for 80% movies and 20% music. I want music to pound, though

In before search first.
post #2 of 12
Budget?
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Budget?

Sorry, completely forgot this important part considering the price range of different speakers.

I'd like to keep it around $1,000 for front pair, center, and sub. Or maybe I would be better of buying just the front pair for now and the rest later, which would allow me to spend some more.

Here is the space I'm working with. The sub is located between the cabinet and the couch on the right side. Surround speakers on the side walls behind the couches. Could I potentially squeeze towers between the fireplace and the cabinets? Or would they be too tight in there?

post #4 of 12
Since you want to wall mount, best to go with sealed or front-ported speakers, or rear-ported speakers that are meant to be plugged.

I like the Energy RC series. The RC-10s and RC-LCR would work (or 3 RC-LCRs), although you would need to use the port plug that comes with them.

For subs, look at the BIC F12 (<$190), Premier Accoustic PA-120, or BIC PL-200 (around $280). The PL-200 is the higher output of the three.

If you can wait on the sub, 12" subs from ID vendors such as Epik, HSU, SVS, Outlaw Audio, and Rythmik are much better, but currently out of your budget range.
post #5 of 12
What's the measurements between the tv and the top of the fireplace? That looks like a pretty small space for a center...
post #6 of 12
Wall-mount seems to be the way to go. I would look at a pair
of the Atlantic Technology FS-3200 speakers.
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https://dmc-electronics.com/Others.html

And a Rythmik or Epik sub
http://www.rythmikaudio.com/FV12.html
http://www.epiksubwoofers.com/legend.html
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for suggestions! It's definitely a tough decision. Would wall mounts sound good enough?

Jay, I could potential cut a whole in the fake(gasp!) fireplace and mount it there.

And Epik subwoofer is definitely in my future.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well, I had to put this on hold, but finally I ordered a pair of front speakers yesterday. I went against the suggestions here and ordered DefTech BP6s. Electronics-Expo had a great deal with a coupon - $370 shipped for the pair of $800 speakers.

I also ordered Denon 3312ci receiver.

Now, I just need to find a center channel to match those, what would you guys suggest? I'm not sure if I can get another tower for the center? DefTech doesn't seem to have any bipolar centers, but that must be for a reason.
Edited by r0nd3L - 6/19/12 at 9:26am
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by r0nd3L View Post

Now, I just need to find a center channel to match those, what would you guys suggest? I'm not sure if I can get another tower for the center? DefTech doesn't seem to have any bipolar centers, but that must be for a reason.

I'm not familiar with those Def Techs, but whatever center channel they sell to match. Not a good thing for your front sound stage to use a mismatched center. I'd go without one first.

You might research and ask in the Def Tech owners thread.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

I'm not familiar with those Def Techs, but whatever center channel they sell to match. Not a good thing for your front sound stage to use a mismatched center. I'd go without one first.
You might research and ask in the Def Tech owners thread.

I agree with that. I will not be buying a center channel till later this year, but the sooner I start researching/asking opinions the better idea I will have smile.gif

Simultaneously to my post, I sent an email to DefTech support. Here is the e-mail I receieved:
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Thanks for your recent email to Definitive Technology. I would recommend using our ProCenter 2000 center speaker. This model sounds clear, detailed and full. It’s also considered voice matched or timbre matched to the BP6Bs.

ProCenter 2000 seems to be in my budget, so I will search this forum for some reviews.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by r0nd3L View Post

I agree with that. I will not be buying a center channel till later this year, but the sooner I start researching/asking opinions the better idea I will have smile.gif
Simultaneously to my post, I sent an email to DefTech support. Here is the e-mail I receieved:
ProCenter 2000 seems to be in my budget, so I will search this forum for some reviews.

Definitely check out the Def Tech owners thread then, and even ask their opinion. The active owners threads here on AVS like the Def Tech one are a great resource for questions like this. smile.gif
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by r0nd3L View Post


ProCenter 2000 seems to be in my budget, so I will search this forum for some reviews.

The ProCenter will work - however, keep an eye out for the CLR2002 - this is the better option,
if you can work it in your budget.
http://www.amazon.com/Definitive-Technology-Speaker-Single-Black/dp/B000TD8XCU

http://www.definitivetech.com/products/products.aspx?path=Floor-Standing_Speakers&productid=BP6B
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