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Speaker/Receiver/Sub Suggestions for 18x12' living room

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I'm looking for suggestions on a solid set of speakers in the $300 range (5.1 surround sound). Speakers will be for everyday listening, multiple uses. Movies, music, gaming, etc. Normal seating area will be about 8-14' away from television and front/center speakers. Here's what I was considering so far:

Subwoofer:

Klipsch Sub-12HG Synergy Series 12-Inch 300-Watt Subwoofer with High Gloss Trim (Black)


Speakers:

I was looking to keep these in the $300 range.

Polk Audio Blackstone TL150

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107TL150/Polk-Audio-Blackstone-TL150.html

Receiver:

Denon E300

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVRE300/DENON-AVR-E300-5.1-3D-Networking-Receiver-AirPlay/1.html

Little note about the receiver. I would like something that has bluetooth/wifi built in, but it's not completely necessary. I understand the above receiver does not but I have heard great things about the automatic speaker tuning features of this particular lineup.

Thanks for the help!
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amazon affiliate link removed.
post #3 of 21
How big is your room?

What is your total budget for everything -speakers,sub & receiver
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amazon affiliate link removed.

Sorry, that was not even my aff link. I copy pasted from Slickdeals where they automatically insert affiliate links when someone posts a link to a store.

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Originally Posted by bladerunner6 View Post

How big is your room?

What is your total budget for everything -speakers,sub & receiver

Roughly $8-900. 18 feet by 12 feet, rectangular. TV/front stage sits on the 18 foot span so long ways in the room if that makes sense.
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No worries. smile.gif
post #6 of 21
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Sorry, that was not even my aff link. I copy pasted from Slickdeals where they automatically insert affiliate links when someone posts a link to a store.
Roughly $8-900. 18 feet by 12 feet, rectangular. TV/front stage sits on the 18 foot span so long ways in the room if that makes sense.

Some Polks,Primus, Pioneer or Cambridge speakers would be some typical options.

A BIC F-12 or NXG sub could be among your choices,

A receiver from accessories4less or a closeout/open box deal from a B&M store might be your choice.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by bladerunner6 View Post

Some Polks,Primus, Pioneer or Cambridge speakers would be some typical options.

A BIC F-12 or NXG sub could be among your choices,

A receiver from accessories4less or a closeout/open box deal from a B&M store might be your choice.

What do you think about the Polk TL150s vs the monoprice setup? I know there are underground brands that perform much better than mainstream brands like Polk or Klipsch etc. If you're curious about what monoprice setup I'm talking about just google Premium 5.1-Ch. Home Theater System with Subwoofer monoprice. That is the one. I can't post links.
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Originally Posted by jhoffy22 View Post

What do you think about the Polk TL150s vs the monoprice setup? I know there are underground brands that perform much better than mainstream brands like Polk or Klipsch etc. If you're curious about what monoprice setup I'm talking about just google Premium 5.1-Ch. Home Theater System with Subwoofer monoprice. That is the one. I can't post links.

They will be better than TV speakers - however, there are better options as
bladerunner6 has stated.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

They will be better than TV speakers - however, there are better options as
bladerunner6 has stated.

Any specific direction I should look? My budget for the speakers is $300ish.
post #10 of 21
If you are willing to spend 800-900 total for everything you will vastly better performance from buying individual components rather than the Polk or Monoprice systems you listed.

Here is a link to the Pioneer speakers-
http://m.newegg.com/ProductList?Keyword=Pioneer+speaker
The speakers ending with "1" are an exceptional bargain.

Some Primus speakers such as the P163 are popular choices.
http://www.harmanaudio.com/search_browse/reconditioned.asp?brand=INF

Some Cambridge bookshelf and a center are pretty close to your budget.
http://www.accessories4less.com/index.php?page=search&search_query=Cambridge+Speakers
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by bladerunner6 View Post

If you are willing to spend 800-900 total for everything you will vastly better performance from buying individual components rather than the Polk or Monoprice systems you listed.

Here is a link to the Pioneer speakers-
http://m.newegg.com/ProductList?Keyword=Pioneer+speaker
The speakers ending with "1" are an exceptional bargain.

Some Primus speakers such as the P163 are popular choices.
http://www.harmanaudio.com/search_browse/reconditioned.asp?brand=INF

Some Cambridge bookshelf and a center are pretty close to your budget.
http://www.accessories4less.com/index.php?page=search&search_query=Cambridge+Speakers

I basically had a ~$300 budget for just the speakers. (front, rear, center)

Thanks for the suggestions.
post #12 of 21
The Pioneers fit your budget-towers, center and bookshelf for tears.
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by bladerunner6 View Post

The Pioneers fit your budget-towers, center and bookshelf for tears.

Alright so the Pioneers are the better buy (anything ending in "1") over the Polk TL150s.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by jhoffy22 View Post

Alright so the Pioneers are the better buy (anything ending in "1") over the Polk TL150s.

If you desire the Polk - then buy them

I recommend one pair of Pioneer BS22 bookshelf for fronts

The C22 center, to match the B22

Then get one pair of the BS21 for surrounds
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117405
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

If you desire the Polk - then buy them

I recommend one pair of Pioneer BS22 bookshelf for fronts

The C22 center, to match the B22

Then get one pair of the BS21 for surrounds
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117405

That is also an excellent idea.
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

If you desire the Polk - then buy them

I recommend one pair of Pioneer BS22 bookshelf for fronts

The C22 center, to match the B22

Then get one pair of the BS21 for surrounds
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117405

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Originally Posted by bladerunner6 View Post

That is also an excellent idea.

Thanks guys!
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

If you desire the Polk - then buy them

I recommend one pair of Pioneer BS22 bookshelf for fronts

The C22 center, to match the B22

Then get one pair of the BS21 for surrounds
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117405

I see the BS21 speakers are 6ohm speakers, would these work well with the Denon AVR E300?
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by jhoffy22 View Post

I see the BS21 speakers are 6ohm speakers, would these work well with the Denon AVR E300?
Yes
post #19 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

Yes


It looks like the Denon AVR E300 is going to be a bit too powerful for these speakers. They are rated for 80w RMS and the Denon puts out 125w rms @ 6ohms. Sorry I can't post direct links due to being a new member. Is it okay to overdrive them by this much?
post #20 of 21
You won't be overdriving them-take the receiver's specs with a grain of salt.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by jhoffy22 View Post

It looks like the Denon AVR E300 is going to be a bit too powerful for these speakers. They are rated for 80w RMS and the Denon puts out 125w rms @ 6ohms. Sorry I can't post direct links due to being a new member. Is it okay to overdrive them by this much?

No, it will not be too powerful for the speakers - most people do not even use 80 watts of
the receiver. Do not get too carried away with speaker and receiver specs. The subwoofer
will relieve some stress off the speakers.

Also, in surround mode - the Denon becomes less efficient

The only issue would be if you are an extreme head-banger.
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