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Looking for a complete setup for about 1000 if needed but preferably 800 range.. was originally looking at a take home classic 5.1 system.. im also including an av reciever(215$) so my highest budget allowance on speakers would be 785.. not including mounts speaker wire etc.. etc. Just need somekind of guidance here
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$215 for receiver hardly gives you any options. Do you have to have a 5.1 or would you settle for a 2.1 speaker set-up that you would add more to in the future?

What is the size of your viewing/listening room, including ceiling height?
post #3 of 105
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Im sorry its 250.Yamaha RX-V375 5.1 Channel 3D A/V Home Theater Receiver .. its 12 feet in length 10 feet wide and ceiling 10feet maybe 11. And I have no side wall on the back left untill about 14 feet (its where my door is and stairwell)
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And id really like a 5.1 I have a 2.1 now with a soundbar subwoofer and am not a big fan I play alot of games and watch alot of movies and would like the surround sound experience
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Mark the url for the surround speakers and fronts are the same url as the receiver
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Mark the url for the surround speakers and fronts are the same url as the receiver

OOPS... fixed! wink.gif
post #10 of 105
Just a comment about the receiver... there is nothing wrong with Yamaha but some people like Audyssey better than Yamaha's room correction EQ. I also believe Denon is more honest with their power ratings.
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pic of the veneer on the HTD dark cherry..


post #12 of 105
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Appreciate it and wondering about speaker stands or mounts for rear and front speakers that can tilt etc.
post #13 of 105
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I may end up getting this setup just the fact of speaker hanging and what not dont have a bunch of room in the back I could probably make my own stands to save a bit of money but where exactly should I put these speakers.. and those speakers are very appealing
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What I did to upgrade my setup from 2.0 to 7.1 / 9.1 ( I don't really use the extra 2 height channels, but it's nice to have 2 spare speakers):

-Get a refurbished Marantz receiver with 7.1 analog ins and RCA pre-outs for 350.
-Spend about 250 on cheap-but-decent Dayton audio speakers from Parts Express
-A little bit more on lots of wiring.

When I sold my Klipsch mains L&R speakers (KL-650 THX) after moving into a smaller condo from my old loft, I found I didn't miss them and these 35 dollar-a-piece Daytons are plenty good. Had I been starting over, I'd still get 4 of them for the rear parts of a 7.1 setup, and the front 3 maybe something a notch higher, like a hundred each.

Once you have a decent receiver with pre-outs, you're open to upgrades like adding an external amp and a better front stage with more powerful speakers. I wouldn't worry about the fronts matching the rears at all, only a tiny fraction of the audio track comes from the rear, and 35 dollar speakers are IMO more than good enough for any non-commercial size room (even small home theater rooms).

So you have an upgrade path for the front 3 speakers. Go cheap, but with a solid foundation (receiver with pre-outs), that will offer upgrade flexibility down the road. Then you can experiment with more power and better front speakers. Another thing you can do is get two really good left and right speakers and run a phantom center channel (just disable it on the receiver, but still send the 5.1 or 7.1 signal down the wire, they center channel will be routed to the front left and right seamlessly. It actually offers a better more cohesive soundstage than you'll probably get from most centers can offer, due to their geometry and not being at the same listening level as the left and rights).

So there's lots of options there. Buy cheap for the rear speakers, that's for sure, no use paying a lot. At that point, you might as well get a full 7 or 9 speakers (including a center) from Parts Express, then just upgrade the front stage later on. (if you want to).
post #16 of 105
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Appreciate it and wondering about speaker stands or mounts for rear and front speakers that can tilt etc.
http://www.amazon.com/VideoSecu-Clamping-Mounting-Surrounding-MS56B/dp/B000X9O8SI/ref=sr_1_sc_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1391149747&sr=8-3-spell&keywords=videoscue+speaker+mounts
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I may end up getting this setup just the fact of speaker hanging and what not dont have a bunch of room in the back I could probably make my own stands to save a bit of money but where exactly should I put these speakers.. and those speakers are very appealing


My home made stands

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1514252/my-home-brew-speaker-stands
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but where exactly should I put these speakers.. and those speakers are very appealing

speaker placement...


http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/setup/connection-guide/home-theater-speaker-guide/index.html
post #19 of 105
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I may end up getting this setup just the fact of speaker hanging and what not dont have a bunch of room in the back I could probably make my own stands to save a bit of money but where exactly should I put these speakers.. and those speakers are very appealing

Dont forget about a sub..


http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sub-1200-12-120-watt-powered-subwoofer--300-629

a review..

http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/speaker-subwoofer-reviews/71766-dayton-audio-sub-1200-subwoofer-review.html

others will respond with other recommendations but IMHO this sub is very good for the money and gets a bad rap because of the price and I wonder how many have actually heard it that slam it...
post #20 of 105
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Sounds like a sweet setup I appreciate all the help and if there is any other insight let me know because im not making the purchase for a few weeks so I can always make adjustments and will have my true budget then. And if anyone also has a setup to compare will be nice as well to help with a comparison of what I can get for the price
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Sounds like a sweet setup I appreciate all the help and if there is any other insight let me know because im not making the purchase for a few weeks so I can always make adjustments and will have my true budget then. And if anyone also has a setup to compare will be nice as well to help with a comparison of what I can get for the price

There is not much more out there to recommend at $200 a pair as far as the quality of either the Cambridge or HTD.

Keep us up to date!
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pic of the veneer on the HTD dark cherry..



Those look great
post #23 of 105
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I sure will im sure ill be back tomorrow talking about it lol night all
post #24 of 105
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Ah also burnside I heard 9.1 is it worth it?
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Ah also burnside I heard 9.1 is it worth it?

IMO start with a nice 5.1 or 5.2 and work from there.... you could get a 7.1 receiver for expandability.. 9.1 receivers are usually higher end and cost more. If your receiver has pre outs for 9.1 you can expand with an amp for the extra 2 speakers... heck you can even go 11.1... biggrin.gif
post #26 of 105
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Yeah id def wanna go the 9.1 upgradibility is it offered with the reciever showed. And since its being explained in detail I really wanna run the more efficent better sounding even if it is 200 bucks a speaker could I do something like 2.1 system with nice floor standing speaker's and add on later
post #27 of 105
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Because ill be moving into a bigger space in a few years as well with a basement for my surround sound
post #28 of 105
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And sorry for repeated post but I also have a sound bar with built in opt or rca in can it be used in the setup? Maybe as a center
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And sorry for repeated post but I also have a sound bar with built in opt or rca in can it be used in the setup? Maybe as a center
I would skip the soundbar - start with a good 3.1 system, and then build from there.
post #30 of 105
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Originally Posted by chriscrossboss View Post

Yeah id def wanna go the 9.1 upgradibility is it offered with the reciever showed. And since its being explained in detail I really wanna run the more efficent better sounding even if it is 200 bucks a speaker could I do something like 2.1 system with nice floor standing speaker's and add on later


http://www.htd.com/Products/level-two-speakers/Level-TWO-Tower-Speakers

as for a receiver go over the the receiver forum to make sure your get what you want...

and might as well get a very good sub...

http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/ported-box/PB-1000#.UutjoJB6OGQ
Edited by mark62 - 1/31/14 at 12:50am
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