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~$2000 to spend on First 5.1 setup

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Hello everyone, I'm looking for some input on my first home theater setup. Just some background info...I'm sharing a house with a couple of friends while I finish up my EE degree. I built an HTPC a few months ago that I've been storing blu-ray rips on and thought it would be fun to take advantage of surround sound. Right now, I'm planning to put the setup in our living room (22 x 16 ish) and then take the setup with me when I graduate and move into my own place. I'm not sure if I'll be moving into an apartment or looking to buy a house first, so some flexibility with the system would be good.

A friend suggested I look at the HSU 5.1 setups that use the HB-1 and HC-1 speakers. Currently, the setup with the ULS-15 subwoofer looks the best because of the flexibility provided by the wireless sub. I have a Denon 2112CI that I managed to snag for a pretty good price and am hoping to have something to demo or in place by Thanksgiving so we can enjoy it over the coming holidays.

I'm working a pretty well paying co-op at AMD right now so I have pretty decent amount set aside to spend. I'd like to keep the LCR, rears, and sub under $2000ish. Suggestions are appreciated. smile.gif
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I have heard those HSU speakers as well as the ULS15--I think it would make a fine system.
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I've read good things about the hsu. I'm not sure the ULS15 is the best sub to get. Mainly because it will eat up half your budget. Maybe more. I would get a less expensive ported sub and spend more on the other 5 speakers.
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The ULS is a great subwoofer, but it doesn't have the output capability of the VTF15h. If you are only going to get one subwoofer, I would swing for the VTF15h sub, and if you end up needing wireless connectivity, I would just get a wireless sub adapter like this one.
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Originally Posted by shadyJ View Post

The ULS is a great subwoofer, but it doesn't have the output capability of the VTF15h. If you are only going to get one subwoofer, I would swing for the VTF15h sub, and if you end up needing wireless connectivity, I would just get a wireless sub adapter like this one.

+1 Hsu makes great speakers and subs
post #6 of 8
fwiw another good choice to look at would be the ascend acoustics cmt340se 's for lcr and a pair of htm-200 for surrounds ($1154 shipped) or with a pair the cbm-170's for surrounds( $1212) and a svs pb12-nsd sub $769

or
home theater direct level 3 towers and center for lcr and a pair of level3 bookshelves for surrounds ($1300) and the svs sub
Edited by smasher50 - 10/9/12 at 2:28pm
post #7 of 8
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My main concern with the VTF15H is that I'm not 100% sure if I'll be moving into an apartment or another house next. I figure if I move into an apartment the ULS-15 will be a pretty good choice and if I move into a house I can always splurge for another sub afterwards.
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Originally Posted by elitericerocket View Post

My main concern with the VTF15H is that I'm not 100% sure if I'll be moving into an apartment or another house next. I figure if I move into an apartment the ULS-15 will be a pretty good choice and if I move into a house I can always splurge for another sub afterwards.
You can never have too much subwoofage. That is what the gain/volume knob is for.
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