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Thoughts on my 5.1 setup? Pioneer and Klipsch

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Guys,
This forum is amazing. I have been lingering around for awhile and finally figured I would ask opinions on my setup before going any further. I am coming from a Sony HTIB so please be easy on me, this is a budget setup and currently I am using all the 5 speakers from the HTIB and need help upgrading.

Receiver: Pioneer VSX-823K (Purchased from Best Buy PM'd Newegg and can still be returned) $299
Sub: Klipsch RW-12d (Purchased from Newegg ) $279
Center Speaker: Pioneer SP-C22 (Purchased from Amazon) $99

The above 3 have been purchased and for the rest of the system I was thinking;
Towers: Pioneer SP-FS52
Surround: Pioneer SP-BS22

Please any thoughts on if this setup will be adequate would be awesome. The room is around 12 x 14. Will I be happy if I commit to the rest of the pioneer setup (ie. Towers and surround)?

I am trying to stay in a similar price range on the rest of the speakers ~ $300-$350.
post #2 of 18
Your room is not very large, so the Pioneers should work well in it. And unless you plan on replacing your CC speaker, you really should have matching mains anyway.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck View Post

Your room is not very large, so the Pioneers should work well in it. And unless you plan on replacing your CC speaker, you really should have matching mains anyway.

I am open to sending back the center speaker if there is a much better recommendation in the same budget. Everything I read said the Pioneers are very good for the price. Thanks for the input.
post #4 of 18
There are a lot of reasons to suggest that you complete the Pioneer line you're building, and to be frank, very few to sway you elsewhere.

So many speaker pros and industry vets have praised what Andrew Jones has done with this budget line that we've gotten to the point where Michael Fremer, an old-school audiophile who has his home filled with money-no-object gear, has added a set of these Pioneers to one of his home theaters. If it's good enough for Michael, it's good enough for me.

Here are some reviews of the speakers that comprise this set. You've made the right move by going elsewhere for your sub. (I probably wouldn't have gone the Klipsch route, but what's done is done, and it'll be good. Not awesome, but okay).

http://www.stereophile.com/content/pioneer-sp-bs22-lr-loudspeaker

http://www.analogplanet.com/content/tads-andrew-jones-designs-superb-sounding-budget-speakers-pioneer

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/pioneer-sp-pk52fs

http://www.hometheater.com/content/pioneer-sp-bs22-lr-speaker-system

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/bookshelf-speakers/bookshelf-speakers/pioneer-sp-pk52fs-5-1-speaker-package-and-vsx-822-k-a-v-receiver.html

Then, of course, they've been reviewed here at AVS by users recently.

Go ahead, complete your system and enjoy.
post #5 of 18
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I am open to sending back the center speaker if there is a much better recommendation in the same budget.
I don't know that you'll find four better new speakers for $300-$350, so you may as well complete your Pioneer set-up and enjoy. They are well-rated and a good value.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
What do you guys think about my receiver? It seems from reading that denon's auto cal might be better for a newbie or its more customizable in general. Will I have any problem with the pioneers mcacc?
Edited by oldachh - 7/10/13 at 3:15pm
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
Go ahead, complete your system and enjoy.[/quote]

Thank you for the links their is a wealth of knowledge in there. It's good to hear the system will work well together. I'm sure it will be a night and day difference from the HTIB.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
What would you guys think if I returned the pioneer and went with a Denon avr-1713, is it worth it?
post #9 of 18
I think Audyssey MultEQ XT is probably better than the Pioneer's MCACC, but other than that they are pretty identical.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post

I think Audyssey MultEQ XT is probably better than the Pioneer's MCACC, but other than that they are pretty identical.

+1

One advantage of MultEQ over MCACC is that it will apply EQ filters to the sub as well. MCACC only EQs the speakers. This could be a help with smoothing the in-room response of your RW-12d, and most subwoofer enthusiasts feel that some kind of EQ is important for getting the best sound out of your sub.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post

I think Audyssey MultEQ XT is probably better than the Pioneer's MCACC, but other than that they are pretty identical.

I went from MCACC to Audyssey MultEQ and I really appreciate the difference.

XT is yet another step up and I would think that would help even more.

+2
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by bladerunner6 View Post

+2

+3
post #13 of 18
+4. I own the BS22 (use them as fronts) and C22. They are very good. From I have read, the towers open up the soundstage.
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot guys I'm going to check with best buy this week to see if I can return the pioneer. Not sure what their policy is I have only had it for two weeks and still have the box and all the paperwork.
post #15 of 18
Best Buy has a 15 day return policy on their receivers, and there is no restocking fee.
post #16 of 18
The Pioneers are not my cup of tea, tried them, didn't like them so much...but in that price range, those and the Infinity Primus are BY FAR the best speakers you can get. Complete the set and enjoy!
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well, Just an update. I returned my receiver to BB and ordered a Denon AVR-1713 online. Also my center speaker did not fit in my entertainment center as expected, so either I need a different version or I will have to mount it about the TV. Torn right now, I will keep you guys posted.
Thanks again!
post #18 of 18
Another option is to wall mount the TV and place the center speaker on top of your entertainment center, below the TV. www.monoprice.com sells good TV stands for $20.
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