Originally Posted by JimmyJam19
I'm actually thinking I want floorstanding speakers only for the front surrounds. I want to mount the center channel and will also mount the rear surrounds ... could you guys each give me the points on why you like the klipsch and the Ascend speakers ...
You've got great suggestions from Plex and Blade already, and +1 on forum sponsor AVScience as an excellent dealer. I just bought from them and couldn't be happier.
To give you more options, here are two manufacturers that are consumer direct that offer full 5.1 options in your price range, delivered, with both also offering multiple finish options, including cherry veneers:
Both manufacturers offer a 30 day at home trial. Both manufacturers offer 5 year warranties.
On why Blade and Plex like Klipsch, Revel and Ascend speakers, they think they sound great at the price point. Accurate. Efficient. Look good or fit good or both.
They've pretty much given you all the help they can. Now it's up to you. Research your tail off. You've got good leads. Look in this forum and elsewhere using those manufacturer names as search terms. Read what all kinds of owners and listeners say about those products. It's going to take hours and hours, but it's only a tiny fraction of the time you're about to spend listening to the speakers, so it's worth it. Only consuming that information in volume can help you. (Listening to the speakers would be the best option, of course, but auditioning is't possible on many brands for most of us.)
You've probably done this next part some, but carefully consider the exact dimensions of each speaker on your list. Consider exactly where and how it will fit in your room in all three dimensions. Use tape measures, chairs, empty boxes, whatever you have available to visualize what each option would look like, and fit like, in the room. Obsess a little. When you do, a number of things are probably going to occur to you that you haven't thought of yet.
I just bought a bunch of speakers and that ended up being so important -- really nailing down the exact geometry of the room, where ear-level would be for all the seating positions, where the speakers would exactly be placed, whether speakers with different dimensions would help certain seats get a better sonic experience. Every speaker is shaped a little differently. Some a lot differently. One combination is going to fit better in your space than another. Make sure you've done everything you can so that, when the actual product arrives, and you get everything out of the box and placed exactly where it is going to be, you don't have an "Oh crap, I didn't think about that" moment.
Here's one example. You want to wall mount your center channel speaker. I did too. Have you already checked where your studs are along that wall? Are they on center with your display? Exactly how far apart are they? Exactly how wide are your various center channel speaker options? Does one or the other speaker include mounting brackets? Or make any provision for a bracket to be attached? How far apart will your drill points be? Will you be going into sheetrock there, or stud? How much do your various speaker options weigh? Is it even possible to support that specific speaker safely on a pure sheetrock mount, and how would you do that? Is building a center channel speaker shelf a better option. A necessity?
Those are some of the issues, on one speaker. You've got a lot of work to do, but it's the fun part, so enjoy it. It's also the part that will determine whether your project turns out the way you hope it will or not.
I hope it does. Good luck!