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post #1 of 10
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My living room is right at 200 square feet. I have an LG lhb536 HTIB. I want something that sounds good. I don't need anything to play sternum cracking loud. I want something where I can hear dialog and get sound effects without being blown out of my chair. I have so many things that I would love to watch in 5.1. Right now on my system I have to use dynamic range control because it gets so loud and is just really uncomfortable. I'm leaning towards a Denon receiver with Audyssey and then the Energy Take Classics. This would set me back about $800. What do you think?
post #2 of 10
If you are spending $800 for that setup, sounds like you should buy better speakers and spend less on the receiver. Energy Takes could be a step up from what you have right now (they are excellent for small satellite speakers), but larger, more full range speakers will sound better if your goal is get good clarity. For example, the Pioneer bookshelves plus matching center mentioned in these reviews would be a step up:

http://www.audioholics.com/tower-speaker-reviews/pioneer-sp-pk52fs
http://www.stereophile.com/content/pioneer-sp-bs22-lr-loudspeaker

There is a discussion thread dedicated to the Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers if you'd like to learn more and ask questions: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1278774/pioneers-speaker-genius-hits-low-price-point

If you still want to go with something smaller, watch and see if Newegg puts the Martin Logan MLT-2s on sale this week/weekend. Although in my opinion, the Pioneers would be the better choice.
post #3 of 10
I think the Andrew Jones are a pretty darn good speaker for the price range you want.

If you wanted to spend a little more you could get better sound quality with Cambridge Audio S30.

I'd get 3 pairs at $219 each. Use one for a center and have an extra if something ever happened. You could get a Denon receiver from accessories4less.com for a darn good deal.

I think either option will be an incredible upgrade over any HTIB.
post #4 of 10
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I appreciate the replies. Here is what I think. I really like the reviews I've read about the PK52FS's. However, would these be too big for a 188 sqft room? I don't need to blow out my windows. I just want good sounding speakers at volumes less than reference. I usually run my receiver at about -20dbs.
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I also can't find them for sale anywhere.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by rockncountry101 View Post

I appreciate the replies. Here is what I think. I really like the reviews I've read about the PK52FS's. However, would these be too big for a 188 sqft room? I don't need to blow out my windows. I just want good sounding speakers at volumes less than reference. I usually run my receiver at about -20dbs.

If you think the towers might be a bit much, you could always go with bookshelf speakers.

As for where to get them, you can get the current generation of Pioneer speakers here:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpage.jsp;jsessionid=6E3F3D87572D809D5151909B17CB9D96.bbolsp-app02-103?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_dynSessConf=-5043355803744294026&id=pcat17071&type=page&ks=960&st=pioneer+speakers&sc=Global&cp=1&sp=&qp=category_facet%3DSAAS%7EAudio+%26+MP3%7E1%7Ccat00000%7Cabcat0200000&list=y&usc=All+Categories&nrp=15&fs=saas&iht=n

And the previous generation here:

http://www.newegg.com/Pioneer-Home-Audio-Speakers/BrandSubCat/ID-1167-494

Also, a Infinity Primus system could be a good fit. P163 for the front L/R,a PC251 for the center and P153's for rear speakers.

http://www.harmanaudio.com/search_browse/reconditioned.asp

A BIC sub might be a good choice for your budget:

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M?tag=dealnewscom&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

As for a receiver, you could get a refurbed Denon from here:

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/category/AVReceiver/Home-Audio/Home-Theater-Receivers/1.html

Also, check out your local B&M stores for closeout and open box deals.

All of these should meet your budget and give you way better performance than the Energy Take.

I am sure others will have suggestions.
post #7 of 10
Fry's has the P163's for $59.99 I read in the "Great Deals Found" forum. You have to call to ask for them or go in the store, but still.. That is a fine deal for good speakers.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by rockncountry101 View Post

I appreciate the replies. Here is what I think. I really like the reviews I've read about the PK52FS's. However, would these be too big for a 188 sqft room? I don't need to blow out my windows. I just want good sounding speakers at volumes less than reference. I usually run my receiver at about -20dbs.

Not at all. The reason to buy towers is not because they are inherently louder, but because they sound better smile.gif

That being said, you could get the Pioneer bookshelf version like bladerunner6 suggested. Then put your budget toward an even better sub.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys for all the replies. I might as well go with the floor speakers considering I'd have to buy speaker stands for the bookshelf speakers.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by rockncountry101 View Post

I appreciate the replies. Here is what I think. I really like the reviews I've read about the PK52FS's. However, would these be too big for a 188 sqft room? I don't need to blow out my windows. I just want good sounding speakers at volumes less than reference. I usually run my receiver at about -20dbs.
No. You will be happy with a set of FS52's, plus they can move to a bigger space later. Try to get the matching center speaker, and a sub at $200, try to get at least a 12". Get a $100 AVR on Craig's list and you are set!
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