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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Building a home theater in my basement in a month or so. Already got the projector, screen, chairs, and receiver picked out. I need some help with the speakers though.

I'm getting a Panasonic ae7000, a screen from Jamestown screens, and a Sony STR-DN1030 receiver.

I like the Sony because its got the built in wifi, Bluetooth, and it gives me the flexibility to go to 7.2 if I want.

I'd like to spend around 750-1000 for the 5 speakers and a sub. I'd like the front two to be floor standing, but its not a requirement. Te only real requirement is that when I watch a movie, you get that movie theater experience. Sound and all.

I was able to do quite a bit of research on the projectors, but having a hard time finding good info on the speakers.


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Edited by cbo0485 - 1/19/13 at 5:18pm
post #2 of 12
Is your screen acoustically transparent?
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
No, speakers aren't behind the screen. They will be in front(center either on the ground or mounted right above) and the two fronts will be on either side of the screen.


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post #4 of 12
If this is a dedicated theater you should consider doing it right, meaning vertically positioned speakers behind an acoustically transparent screen. You havent bought anything yet right?
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well now that you got me researching that stuff again, I may try to get an AT screen and place the center speaker behind the screen. I'd have to cut open the wall and mount the center channel in there.

Lets assume both, does it make a difference if I get an AT screen and place the center channel behind the screen, or if I put the speaker above or below. I know it makes a difference, but does that make a difference in which speaker i should buy?

Right, haven't bought anything yet.

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post #6 of 12
Ideally you would have 3 identical speakers positioned equally behind the screen, like this



Nothing wrong with using in walls for a setup like yours
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Ideally you would have 3 identical speakers positioned equally behind the screen, like this



Nothing wrong with using in walls for a setup like yours

so instead of buying a center speaker, buy three of the front speakers and just hook them up correctly. Then place them behind the screen like in your picture. I assume I would place one dead center, and then the two sides equa-distance from the edge of the screen?


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post #8 of 12
Yes
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Okay, thanks for the advice. Now, anyone wanna recommend three of those types of speakers for around 175-200ish. Then a couple rears for and a sub for 3-400 or so?

Total just needs to be around 1000 or so.


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post #10 of 12
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Now since this is going t be a dedicated home theater( on a budget unfortunately), are speakers built specifically as in wall speakers any less powerful and quality than their floor standing counter parts?

I was looking at the following speakers.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107RC85I/Polk-Audio-RC85i.html

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_714R2502W/Klipsch-R-2502-W.html

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_10765RT/Polk-Audio-65-RT.html

Of those would three of those be good for a home theater? Would they generate enough power? Or should I be looking at buying 3 floor standing speakers and custom mounting those?
post #11 of 12
Due to the infinite baffle nature of wall placement, an in-wall version of a standmount speaker will be more powerful. There does seem to be a lot of low quality products in this price range, ideally you would have a speaker with an enclosed back. Out of the 3 you listed the Polk 65-RT looks like the best one.
post #12 of 12
I think these Bic FH8-W's are going to be the best bet for your price range

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-FH8-W-175-Watt-Frequency/dp/B000WS0M4Y

Very dynamic speakers. Yes you would have to buy 2 pairs to get the 3 speakers, that just means you'll have a backup speaker. These would be your surrounds

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=303-444

That leaves you $300-500 for a sub. This Klipsch would be a good buy for the low end of your budget

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780078

I'm a fan of dual subs, a pair of these very nice JBL's are still under budget

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882665157
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