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post #31 of 73
I would add getting 5 RBH SX-61 monitors and 2 RBH SX-1010P subs and placing 2 of the monitors atop the subs like tower speakers (tweeter above midrange above woofers).

http://rbhsound.com/sx61.php

http://rbhsound.com/sx1010p.php
post #32 of 73
OR

don't finance anything you can't pay for RIGHT NOW. I understand the 'wanting to upgrade', but this is how so many people get into trouble. Your Beta's are plenty good and should sound great. Good info in here about looking into 'other' problems instead of just wanting to throw money at it
post #33 of 73
Ousooner has a point, the Betas are very good for the price. It won't be cheap to substantially top them, and BestBuy probably doesn't carry anything that is tremendously better than Infinity Betas. Their best ML or B&W speakers might be a bit better, but in my opinion, not worth the incremental upgrade for the money you have to spend, and certainly not worth going into debt for.
post #34 of 73
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Originally Posted by ousooner2 View Post

OR

don't finance anything you can't pay for RIGHT NOW. I understand the 'wanting to upgrade', but this is how so many people get into trouble. Your Beta's are plenty good and should sound great. Good info in here about looking into 'other' problems instead of just wanting to throw money at it

I have to agree with your posts a 110%, I don't buy anything without having the cash in my bank account to pay for it.
post #35 of 73
Thread Starter 
I regret having ever mentioned BB or financing. I am a physician. I can pay cash if I wanted to, however, sometimes you do certain things as the best political way to upgrade a system within the confines of a marriage. Paying off $10,000 over 2 years interest free is sometimes just a better way to do things. Putting out $5,000 cash and $5,000 over 2 years interest free is also reasonable. Putting out $10,000 cash would likely be frowned upon. I am not going into debt by doing this upgrade, so let's just forget about that in future posts. I do however really appreciate the fact that you guys are providing such sound advice.

That being said, any thoughts on these:
http://www.klipsch.com/kl-525-thx-bookshelf-speaker

What if the above were paired with 2 new subs and a new center? Seems like they would be good for movies, as well as music, especially if they are set to small and I let the 2 new subs handle the lows. Or is this wrong for my room?

ShadyJ, I liked those JBL's you pointed me to before, but do I need a speaker with a 12" woofer if I go ahead and purchase 2 news subs?
post #36 of 73
The Klipsch THX speakers are highly regarded and measure very well. That would be a good choice at their street prices. Their MSRP prices are pretty high. Work a deal with a authorized Klipsch dealer if those are the direction you want to go in, don't pay full MSRP for those.

As for the JBL speakers, yes, you definitely need a sub with those speakers. That 12" woofer is built for powerful and low distortion upper bass, it is not meant to go low into subwoofer frequencies. The LSR systems assume you are using a subwoofer. This is ideal actually, as the best placement for bass is rarely the best place for the frequencies above that range.
post #37 of 73
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Originally Posted by shadyJ View Post

The Klipsch THX speakers are highly regarded and measure very well. That would be a good choice at their street prices. Their MSRP prices are pretty high. Work a deal with a authorized Klipsch dealer if those are the direction you want to go in, don't pay full MSRP for those.

As for the JBL speakers, yes, you definitely need a sub with those speakers. That 12" woofer is built for powerful and low distortion upper bass, it is not meant to go low into subwoofer frequencies. The LSR systems assume you are using a subwoofer. This is ideal actually, as the best placement for bass is rarely the best place for the frequencies above that range.

This is very true. The only reason I have been pushing sats sitting on subs is to get the OP seeing the light of upgrading to a pair of really nice subs, vs keeping his old beater with a nice set of towers.
post #38 of 73
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Originally Posted by HoosierDoc View Post

I would like to thank you all in advance for your opinions, and I think the is the best forum as it is mainly about speakers.

I am looking to upgrade the front end of my home theater. Specifically I am looking to spend about $6,000 on the following 4 items: a pair of floor standing speakers, a center channel speaker, and a new 7.1 A/V receiver. These are the items I need help with and would like your opinion on.

Keep reading if you want more details…………..

I am purchasing a Panasonic TC-P65VT60 for my TV. I have an Infinity sub and 4 surround speakers in place already that I am fairly happy with and am not going to upgrade them at this time.

I am currently using a Denon AVR-3805 and have found it to be slightly underpowered (maybe it’s my speakers-Infinity B50) and a little finicky at times for lack of a better word, hence the need for an upgrade.

I use this room daily, probably 90% TV/movies and about 10% music. However, I am sure that I will be listening to a lot more music with the new system, so that is very important.

I have included a picture of my current setup. That’s a Mitsubishi 60” DLP (as stated above it’s going). And for those who are wondering that’s a polished aluminum early toothpick style propeller blade off of a WWII B-17 bomber. smile.gif

The room is roughly 11.5ft wide, and it is 15ft from that wall to my eyes on the couch. The room is going to be getting an upgrade as well as far as paint, wall treatments/curtains to help improve sound. I cannot do anything about the fireplace which you can see the corner of in one of the pictures (with the sub tucked next to it), as well as the French doors in the other picture. I plan on having a theater curtain to cover the French doors when I want better sound/light control.

Lastly, and I know I may get yelled at for this, but I would like to purchase what I can from Best Buy/Magnolia. They are offering 0% interest for 24 months, and I would much rather use their money for free for 2 years while my money makes interest. I live in Indiana, and there is also Ovation AV in the area which carries higher end stuff. I was able to listen to a pair of GE Triton Two’s yesterday. Not bad. They had a terrible setup though in one of their smaller stores, and I plan on going to their main store on Friday to listen to a bunch of speakers, as well as the Magnolia to listen to what they have as well. I refuse to buy anything that I cannot listen to first.

I know the TV and new AV receiver I buy will probably last for about 4-5 years until a 65” 4K OLED TV is about $3-4K and I will replace them both, but I would like the speakers to last a bit longer than that.

Sorry for the lengthy post, but more details are better than less.

Again, thanks a ton!






I have to throw in the adage be patient and listen to what your getting if possible in the room your acquiring equipment for...thus usually you can buy used(already worn in) and listen to them on your amp and in your room. that said I suggest a 2 ch system. out of hundreds of systems I have owned 2ch is tough although pays off for ease of use in long run . . . .
post #39 of 73
Here's how I would approach your situation:

1. As others have already suggested, re-position your front L/R speakers in from room corners. Tilt the front of the center channel up towards LP.

2. Get new AVR for newer CODECS/connectivity/Audyssey MultiEQ XT32
Denon AVR-X4000 - $1299

3. Get new powerful subwoofer (duals would be even better). Rythmik or other favored brand (e.g.Hsu, SVS, Power Sound Audio -- NOT Epik at this time).
What is the actual physical size of your room (not just to your LP)?

If getting dual subs:
2ea. Rythmik LV-12 - $1180 (this would be my choice)
or
2ea. Hsu VTF-2 MK4 - $1060
or
2ea. SVS SB12-NSD - $1300

or

If getting only one sub:
Rythmik FV15HP - $1275


4. Your current speakers aren't dogs so I would totally re-evaluate the system's SQ after dialing in the speakers/subs with Audyssey XT32, I would bet that a properly calibrated system will surprise you...but if you really want a new set, go for it.
Recommend purchasing front ported speakers so that they can be placed closer to corners/walls if needed.
Since you prefer not to purchase speakers you can't listen to, you still don't have to limit yourself to what Best Buy carries.
Crutchfield offers 60 day satifaction guarantee (you have to pay some return shipping on the towers). Prices are usually MSRP but they have a great reputation for service.

Here's a couple of front ported possibilities from Crutchfield:

Focal Chorus 726 - $925 each = $1850 pair
Focal Chorus CC700 - $650
Focal Chorus 706 - $750 pair
Total:$3250
Substitute Chorus 716 instead of 726 = $2950

or

PSB Image T6 - $650 each = $1300 pair
PSB Image C5 - $400
PSB Image B6 - $550 pair
Total: $2250

or
Any of the other speakers that the others have recommended (those JBL LS40's look pretty sweet).


5. If you still feel that the AVR is struggling to drive the speakers, get a power amp to assist the AVR.
Get a 3 Channel amp for L/C/R, then drive the surrounds with the AVR.
Emotiva XPA-3 - $699


It's always fun spending someone else's money - happy hunting.
post #40 of 73
I would go out and listen to some speakers. Have fun with it.

For myself, I would probably look into something like 5 kef r300's with dual subs or something.
post #41 of 73
I think that those Klipsch KL525's would be great. You could pair them with another KL-525 or even step up to the KL-650 for your center channel. Only thing is that I highly recommend you not get a Klipsch subwoofer as their subs are very expensive for what you get. You could do much better going through an Internet Direct Subwoofer manufacture such as HSU, or SVS, or even build your own with a flat pack kit from DIY Sound group. Have Klipsch KL-525's for the L+R's and a KL-650 for the Center along with a pair of HSU or SVS subs would be very difficult to beat for theater.

I personally like the Klipsch Heritage series the best, but I highly doubt they would perform very good in your room due to it being so narrow, but, you are going to be hard pressed to find anything better than the KL-525 + KL-650. For the receiver, I would go with a Denon AVR-4311 as that should handle all of your needs just fine. Then get yourself a good sub from the likes of HSU, SVS, Powersound Audio, Chase Home Theater, JTR, Seaton Sound, ect.....The new Powersound Audio subs are getting a lot of praise. The JTR and Seaton subs would probably be the best performers.

Or instead of all that, you could always order the Seos Tempest-12 flat packs for you LCR. They are basically kits that you assemble yourself using only glue and clamps. Pair those with a pair of Dayton HO18" subwoofers with a 3cubic foot cabinet from DIY Sound group and for less than $1,000 you would have a pair of subs that beat virtually every single sub that the big box stores carry. You can get the complete kits to do your front Left+Center+Right and duel subs. No cutting, sawing, or nails ect....Just complete easy to assemble kits that only require your time. That would be the best performance wise decision, plus you could do your entire LCR for around the same price as a single Klipsch KL-525 and still get better performance.
post #42 of 73
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Originally Posted by HoosierDoc View Post

I would like to thank you all in advance for your opinions, and I think the is the best forum as it is mainly about speakers.

I am looking to upgrade the front end of my home theater. Specifically I am looking to spend about $6,000 on the following 4 items: a pair of floor standing speakers, a center channel speaker, and a new 7.1 A/V receiver. These are the items I need help with and would like your opinion on.

Keep reading if you want more details…………..

I am purchasing a Panasonic TC-P65VT60 for my TV. I have an Infinity sub and 4 surround speakers in place already that I am fairly happy with and am not going to upgrade them at this time.

I am currently using a Denon AVR-3805 and have found it to be slightly underpowered (maybe it’s my speakers-Infinity B50) and a little finicky at times for lack of a better word, hence the need for an upgrade.

I use this room daily, probably 90% TV/movies and about 10% music. However, I am sure that I will be listening to a lot more music with the new system, so that is very important.

I have included a picture of my current setup. That’s a Mitsubishi 60” DLP (as stated above it’s going). And for those who are wondering that’s a polished aluminum early toothpick style propeller blade off of a WWII B-17 bomber. smile.gif

The room is roughly 11.5ft wide, and it is 15ft from that wall to my eyes on the couch. The room is going to be getting an upgrade as well as far as paint, wall treatments/curtains to help improve sound. I cannot do anything about the fireplace which you can see the corner of in one of the pictures (with the sub tucked next to it), as well as the French doors in the other picture. I plan on having a theater curtain to cover the French doors when I want better sound/light control.

Lastly, and I know I may get yelled at for this, but I would like to purchase what I can from Best Buy/Magnolia. They are offering 0% interest for 24 months, and I would much rather use their money for free for 2 years while my money makes interest. I live in Indiana, and there is also Ovation AV in the area which carries higher end stuff. I was able to listen to a pair of GE Triton Two’s yesterday. Not bad. They had a terrible setup though in one of their smaller stores, and I plan on going to their main store on Friday to listen to a bunch of speakers, as well as the Magnolia to listen to what they have as well. I refuse to buy anything that I cannot listen to first.

I know the TV and new AV receiver I buy will probably last for about 4-5 years until a 65” 4K OLED TV is about $3-4K and I will replace them both, but I would like the speakers to last a bit longer than that.

Sorry for the lengthy post, but more details are better than less.

Again, thanks a ton!





I have read a bit more through your thread and see you are a doc in Indiana. Well, walking into best buy they are not going to be 1 bit of help as im sure you understand. You may be my doc if you practice in the ft wayne area. Well, I have single speakers worth more than 6k and not bragging im just stating that you need an audiophile friend who is honest. Even on the avs forum you wont get what you need in a round about way here. everybody can suggest their particular choices although that will rarely yield the best results for your use. . . .You can get suggestions here on avs although please use your senses and if you do not have the time to get this done hire somebody that does care or get ahold of an audiophile friend. I as well as anyone on this forum can steer you a direction while purchasing but you have your taste of music and film to consider. I use software and meters to settle the debate to fill a room by device. But ears cannot be beat. And your own are golden in this thread. try everything is my choice. Stick with what you know works such as brands etc...
post #43 of 73
You can also order from best buy which I suggest.....:)order what they don't have online nor in store. Believe me. They can order factory direct through all companys they carry
post #44 of 73
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Originally Posted by HoosierDoc View Post

I regret having ever mentioned BB or financing. I am a physician. I can pay cash if I wanted to, however, sometimes you do certain things as the best political way to upgrade a system within the confines of a marriage. Paying off $10,000 over 2 years interest free is sometimes just a better way to do things. Putting out $5,000 cash and $5,000 over 2 years interest free is also reasonable. Putting out $10,000 cash would likely be frowned upon. I am not going into debt by doing this upgrade, so let's just forget about that in future posts. I do however really appreciate the fact that you guys are providing such sound advice.

That being said, any thoughts on these:
http://www.klipsch.com/kl-525-thx-bookshelf-speaker

I understand your thoughts completely.

Those Klipsch THX speakers seem great to me w/ dual subs. The KL-650-THX has a listening window frequency response of +/- 1.0 dB on both Audioholics and Home Theater Magazine. Utterly superb FR. The dealer cost on the KL-650 is under $700 each, so a nice dealer could probably get you a great deal. wink.gif

KL-650 speakers + dual subs would be nice IMO.

I used to own Definitive Technology speakers, and I did enjoy them immensely for both music and movies. So if you buy from Best Buy, DefTech is a good option, as already pointed out.
Edited by AcuDefTechGuy - 7/23/13 at 6:22am
post #45 of 73
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Originally Posted by HoosierDoc View Post

I regret having ever mentioned BB or financing. I am a physician. I can pay cash if I wanted to, however, sometimes you do certain things as the best political way to upgrade a system within the confines of a marriage. Paying off $10,000 over 2 years interest free is sometimes just a better way to do things. Putting out $5,000 cash and $5,000 over 2 years interest free is also reasonable. Putting out $10,000 cash would likely be frowned upon. I am not going into debt by doing this upgrade, so let's just forget about that in future posts. I do however really appreciate the fact that you guys are providing such sound advice.

Definitely understand! I do the same thing. It's definitely more convenient to pay small payments, interest-free over time...just in case something major pops up. It's hard to understand someone's situation without knowing them or talking to them about it, but in no way was I saying you "couldn't" afford it or that you shouldn't do it. Just throwing that point of view out there as I see a lot of people with $10,000 speakers and they post up a picture in their house and ...eek.gif

I would say upgrade your AVR to something with MultEQ XT or XT32 and a good sub (or 2). If you feel the Beta's still aren't tickling your fancy, pick up something with whatever you have left over to spend.
post #46 of 73
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Originally Posted by HoosierDoc View Post

I regret having ever mentioned BB or financing. I am a physician. I can pay cash if I wanted to, however, sometimes you do certain things as the best political way to upgrade a system within the confines of a marriage. Paying off $10,000 over 2 years interest free is sometimes just a better way to do things. Putting out $5,000 cash and $5,000 over 2 years interest free is also reasonable. Putting out $10,000 cash would likely be frowned upon. I am not going into debt by doing this upgrade, so let's just forget about that in future posts. I do however really appreciate the fact that you guys are providing such sound advice.

That being said, any thoughts on these:
http://www.klipsch.com/kl-525-thx-bookshelf-speaker

What if the above were paired with 2 new subs and a new center? Seems like they would be good for movies, as well as music, especially if they are set to small and I let the 2 new subs handle the lows. Or is this wrong for my room?

ShadyJ, I liked those JBL's you pointed me to before, but do I need a speaker with a 12" woofer if I go ahead and purchase 2 news subs?


The klipsch thx is the no doubt the way to go if you can. I would go 5.2 and do some studying on the current svs subwoofers. If I hadn't already inclined myself in the klipsch heritage line I would definitely done exactly what I just suggested to you. I guarantee you will not be disappointed and they are guaranteed for many years if you have issues . . . .
post #47 of 73
I think your logic in in o% financing is sound. Keeping more money in your bank rather than less is a good idea. Where your plan falters however, is in being tied to BestBuy, where you are forced to buy either mediocre products or decent ones that are overpriced. A better idea is to have the same 0% but be free to buy what and where you want to. I don't know about you but I get o% credit card offers in the mail all the time. The latest one which they keep sending is 0% for 18 months. If you get those as well, then open one up and free yourself to buy anywhere and get some better gear. On another note, I think you would love a front projector and a screen on your front wall instead of an 60' tv. You could put up a 120" diagonal image up there which would be perfect from your seating distance and would take movie watching to another level.
post #48 of 73
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Originally Posted by AcuDefTechGuy View Post

Those Klipsch THX speakers seem great to me w/ dual subs. The KL-650-THX has a listening window frequency response of +/- 1.0 dB on both Audioholics and Home Theater Magazine. Utterly superb FR.

JBL claims +1dB/-1.5dB from 60 Hz to 22 kHz for their LSR6332s. While every speaker manufacturer claims great FR, JBL provides the measurements too, which look like they have almost no smoothing. They also provide off-axis measurements, impulse response, distortion profiles, impedance/phase charts, and other data. The only other speaker companies that provide that kind of data which I can think of are Ascend and Philharmonic. Of course, third party measurements would be nice, but publishers just don't want to do pro-audio stuff. However, no publisher is going to have the testing gear or facilities that Harmon does anyway.
post #49 of 73
Frequency charts are nice but how loud can they go before that response changes? Who cares if a speaker is +/- 1 dB is it is only at 90 dBs.
post #50 of 73
Those JBLs are rated to do about 112db continuous with peaks of 118db, based on their IEC265-5 power handling rating. Of course the OP would need an amp capable of delivering the goods. He is sitting 4.5 meters away, but looking at the room, there is no way he is loosing 6 db per doubling of distance. It is narrow, and very reflective.

Yes they do rate a change in linearity with over 100 watts. You dont think the Klipsch speakers will show power compression with a pair of 6.5" woofers?
post #51 of 73
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Originally Posted by MKtheater View Post

Frequency charts are nice but how loud can they go before that response changes? Who cares if a speaker is +/- 1 dB is it is only at 90 dBs.

That data is available at JBL's page, and you can plainly see this speaker isn't going to be topping out at 90 dB. Power nonlinearity at 30 watts is <.4dB, Power nonlinearity at 100 watts is <1dB. You'll agree that is very good, especially for a speaker that isn't using compression drivers. I don't even know of any other manufacturers who would list that spec or show a compression graph at all. My next speakers are going to be either these or some Pi Four/Seos 15 kits.
post #52 of 73
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Originally Posted by shadyJ View Post

That data is available at JBL's page, and you can plainly see this speaker isn't going to be topping out at 90 dB. Power nonlinearity at 30 watts is <.4dB, Power nonlinearity at 100 watts is <1dB. You'll agree that is very good, especially for a speaker that isn't using compression drivers. I don't even know of any other manufacturers who would list that spec or show a compression graph at all. My next speakers are going to be either these or some Pi Four/Seos 15 kits.

The funny thing about looking at JBL's charts, the tweeter isnt even the problem. The woofer and mid show a flat 1 db drop across their range with a 100 watts, the tweeter stays a lot more linear. This is a 12" differential drive woofer, and a mid with a 2" voice coil. JBL is letting it all hang out, where as everyone else has their lips sealed...
post #53 of 73
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Originally Posted by Jay1 View Post

The funny thing about looking at JBL's charts, the tweeter isnt even the problem. The woofer and mid show a flat 1 db drop across their range with a 100 watts, the tweeter stays a lot more linear. This is a 12" differential drive woofer, and a mid with a 2" voice coil. JBL is letting it all hang out, where as everyone else has their lips sealed...
And if that 1 dB deviation isn't good enough for you, it has an HF adjust that knocks down the tweeter by exactly 1 dB, nice for those reference level listening sessions. I can not believe these speakers aren't more popular. That they aren't more popular is rock solid evidence that 99% of audiophiles care far more about their speakers appearance than any actual performance.
post #54 of 73
Sorry guys, I was talking about the Klipsch but it goes for any speaker. Yes, I like JBL as a company and they show more data than most, I still love their cinema line for the home, they just kick some serious butt! These look nice as well but could they keep up with 3722N's or 4722N's? I bet they can't. Of course those are 30 inches wide so these are a nice option for smaller cinema sound like Klipsch did with the THX ultra 2 system. However, if one can fit the real stuff in there that would be my choice! I liked my JBL pro's better than my SEOS knockoff's, or I mean my eD upgraded cinema speakers with a DE-250 and 12 inch 3012HO woof(great driver BTW).
post #55 of 73
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Originally Posted by MKtheater View Post

These look nice as well but could they keep up with 3722N's or 4722N's?
Certainly not, however they can be used for closer proximities to the listening position than the cinema lines. That HF Adjust is actually intended to tame the treble for near-field listening. I remember reading that the 6332s are intended for mid field listening, which I think was supposed to be something like 3 or 4 m. Anyway, within a certain distance, your ears are the only limiting factor for any of these speakers.
post #56 of 73
JBL pro rep once told me that the smaller pro cinema stuff can be as close as 12 feet and the 3731 being 11 feet. The 3731 was made for post production and not even in cinemas(at the time).
post #57 of 73
Thread Starter 
More good stuff today once again. I don't want to sound redundant, but thank you all once again!

I looked at Klipsch's website and a store in Indy carries their line of THX Ultra2 speakers along with other brands that people have suggested. I am going to head up there Friday (day off) and listen to everything I can. I cannot see on JBL's website where to find a dealer to listen to any of those speakers, but maybe the same place will have them as well.

Let's say I want a more traditional AVR receiver and not Emotiva separates at this time. Any thoughts on Pioneer SC-## receivers? Given that I seem to be going with 2 subs now (thanks for the convincing), I need a 7.2 receiver. I need enough power to handle the speakers discussed above, but not too much to overpower anything.

Odds/ends from the thread:
1) I do not practice in Ft. Wayne, so it was not me that checked you for a hernia. : )

2) Thanks for the compliments on the B-17 prop. It took at least 10 grades of sandpaper, 4 grits of polishing compound, and many hours to get it looking like that.

3) I do LOVE the idea of building my own speakers especially since I have alot of nice woodworking tools and a welder, but I'm not ready to tackle that project yet. I remember going to a high end audio shop in Chicago back when I was younger in the mid-late 1980's (I tagged along with a family member) and seeing a set of speakers that must have been 8 feet tall and had what looked like 20 midranges and 50 tweeters each. They may have been Marantz. I have ALWAYS wanted a set of something that looked like that. They were the most beautiful speakers I have ever seen.

4) Assume that the AV rack and prop are leaving the room. Anybody care to show me on the picture I posted of where they would mount those speakers (Klipsch KL-525-THX) and place the subs?

5) Any suggestions for a center to use with the 2 above speakers to get an idea? Somebody suggested getting one of the KL-650-THX to use as a center, but isn't that an odd shape for a center?

Thanks!
post #58 of 73
How does the klipsch thx sound compared to the rf-7 and rf-82?

My lust after klipsch thx died after I listened to klipsch reference.
post #59 of 73
The JBL LSRs woudln't be carried by hi-fi audio shops, they would be carried by pro-audio stores like Guitar Center (although I doubt Guitar Center would have any of those in stock).

For the higher sensitivity speakers, you won't need a separate amplifier. They can blaze with a very modest amount of power. The Pi Fours I mentioned earlier have a 98 dB sensitivity, which means they will generate 98 dB with a single watt at a 1 m distance.

As for the receivers, I would be partial to something that has Audyssey MultiEQ XT, or better yet XT32 with the SubEQ. That will help cope with your room acoustics a lot, especially with the bass, and very especially with a dual subwoofer system. You can find XT32 on higher end Denon, Onkyo, and Marantz receivers.

As for the speaker in Chicago, it sounds like it might have been one of those old McIntosh line arrays.

Look up 'Dolby recommended speaker placement' for a good idea of where the speakers should go. Like what was said above, they will sound best with some stand-off distance from the walls. The ideal speaker placement is for your listening position to form an equilateral triangle with the front right/left speakers with the tweeters level with your ears. This probably won't be possible with the center speaker raised that high for you, and if that is the case, place the center under the TV and angle it so it is aiming at the ears of your listening position.

For the Klipsch, JBL, and Pi speakers, the best center would be simply another one of them. These lines do not have a separate center model. The ideal is for the front stage to be all the same speakers anyway. Horizontal centers are a performance compromise for the sake of a convenient form factor, and if you can avoid that I would encourage you to do so.
post #60 of 73
FYI, you can use a y splitter if your receiver only has one sub output, so it is ok if the receiver you get is 7.1
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