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post #1 of 7
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Hello Everyone,

I would just like to thank all the contributors of this message board. I have learned so much from it. I have just recently bought all the speakers for my new budget 7.1 home entertainment room. I will be using this system for 40% Movies, 40% Music, and 20% Xbox. I consider the space to be fairly large and it has high vaulted ceilings. I have ordered all my speakers from harmanaudio after listening to some E90’s a friend had purchased. I purchased 4 E90’s, 4 E50’s, 1 EC35, and an E250P 12†Sub.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y19.../HomeSetup.jpg

So now for some questions

What receiver do you think will pair well with the JBL’s and how much power will all these speakers really need to crank up to reference levels (Pro Amp’s or just a Receiver)?

Do I need a second Sub?

What is the best way to switch between the 4 E50’s (Gaming & Theater) and the 2 E90’s (Multi-Channel Music)?

What are your impressions of this system and do you think that I could have done better for $1200?

Thanks for your responses!
Todd
post #2 of 7
That is a nice system. I also have a JBL setup.

My concern is with the E250P sub. I had it in a relativly small room, and I wasn't all that impressed with it. There was zero output below 30 HZ. I returned it and got an SVS, and it is much better. How big exactly is your room. If your set on this sub, I would say get two. I think JBL even recomends 2.

Also, why bother with two different sets or rear surrounds? If you want the towers for music playback, just stick with them and return the 50's. I don't really see the point of trying to switch between them.

For a reciever, I rum mine with a Pioneer 1014 and a Crown XLS 402 amp. For a large room you room, you may want to check out some of the Pioneer Elites, or the Denon 3806. What is your reciever budget.
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by evidence120
What are your impressions of this system and do you think that I could have done better for $1200?

Thanks for your responses!
Todd
That's a interesting system, I've never seen someone use switchable rear speakers for music.
I think the JBL stuff is great for the price. I personally would've gone with higher quality bookshelves and a subwoofer. That provides more setup/mounting options and provides better speakers at the same time.

For instance, an Ascend 7.1 system would cost the same and sound better. I tested the Ascends and the JBLs head to head, and the JBLs were not as clear. The JBLs sounded like they had a blanket over them compared to the Ascends.

However, if you absolutely desire "full-range" towers, your setup seems like a good choice to me. As for power, the JBLs are pretty efficient. Any 7.1 amp should power them decently. Price seems to be a issue, so I would go with a cheap home reciever, and if that didn't work, add cheap 2 channel pro-amps as needed and use the home reciever as a pre-processor. You'll blow the roof off. No worries about dynamic range with that setup! ;)
post #4 of 7
WTF was that...
"For instance, an Ascend 7.1 system would cost the same and sound better. I tested the Ascends and the JBLs head to head, and the JBLs were not as clear. The JBLs sounded like they had a blanket over them compared to the Ascends."

evidence120 - If you havent noticed yet there are some bad apples on these forums too. Congrats on the new system.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
My room is about 17x19. I have had heard some people have some issues with the JBL sub. I decided to give it a try as I got it for less than the Dayton that I have read about on this board. If it performs as bad as I have been reading on these forums then I will most likely take a look at the offerings from SVS and HSU. As far as the rear speakers go. I thought that in DVD-A and SACD, you were supposed to have 5 identical speakers. It just seems that musically a tower speaker will out perform a bookshelf speaker. I also thought that speaker position varies from 7.1 to a Multi-channel music setup. I am completely new to this so I may be misinformed. I am still waiting for Watkins to deliver my system but am getting really excited. I wish that I had been able to audition some Ascends because I have heard many great things about them. If anyone has any information for me about how to set a system up for both theater and multi-channel music any advice will be appreciated.

Todd
post #6 of 7
It is true that you should have identical speakers, if at all possible, but it is debatable whether you will get better performance from a tower, especially at the same price point

I honest think you would best served using the 50's all around, and putting the extra $ towards a good sub. Buy returning the 90's and getting an extra pair of 50's you should free up at least $500 which would go a long way towards the sub
post #7 of 7
Not a bad choice for budget system, but you probably could have done a WHOLE lot better then buying them from harmon Audio. 9xs out of 10 thier prices are crazy.
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