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5.1 speakers setup and suggestion for open HT/entertainment area

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Hi,

I need help with the selection and placement of a 5.1 speaker setup in an open basement. I will do my best to explain (in words) the setup of the area in which I need help.

On the main basement wall, about 35' wide or so, will be the 50" plasma TV. About 12' feet back from that will be the main listening area with a couch, chair, etc...

The main problem is this. One option we have is to mount the rear speakers on the wall behind the listening area. That wall is another 12-15' behind the listening area. I'm afraid that is a long distance and with the area being so open, it will hard to setup a good environment for a HT type setup. Maybe that is actually ok, I dont know...

The other option is to mount the speakers on two columns that are directly next to the listening area. My concern with this is those would then really be side surround speakers, since they are directly aligned with the listening area instead of being rear speakers. They would not be behind the listening area at all.

As you can tell, this isn't a dedicated HT environment. It is designed to be open for entertaining as well.

My next set of questions is speaker choice. My budget is about $700 and I have an Onkyo 504 receiver powering these speakers. I have heard good things about Def Tech and Axiom, but I think both are out of my price range. Maybe Polk? I am not opposed to bookshelf speakers mounted on a well, but size is a consideration. Want to have something small and not huge floorstanding speakers.

So my questions are:

1. Would you recommend a 5.1 setup using the columns to the side or 12-15' behind the listening area?
2. Would you recommend a 7.1 setup using both the columns and the rear placement for optimal sound? I dont think I can afford that on my $700 budget though....Maybe just run the wire for future upgrade?
3. For my budget of $700, anyone have a good speaker recommendation?

Thanks in advance for all your help.

Matt
post #2 of 8
2k on a TV and only 700 for audio!?!?! I seriously suggest you ditch your 5.1 ambitions. You wont probably even get a sub for around that budget that could fill the entire room. It is probably best to invest the whole 700 dollars in a good front pair of speakers and think about wanting to add on other speakers later on. There are some respectable speaker brands like PSB, NHT, B&W, Paradigm, Monitor Audio, Klipsch you could check out at local B&M stores. If you want an all in one package, im not sure bout it other than a HTIB type of purchase. There are some internet dealers, but i dont have much experience in this area.
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With what you describe you would be best off with the 5.1 since in that configuration the "rear" actually go to the sides of and facing your seating area, they do not go behind nor do they face the front.
As for the money you have to spend, well you CAN find a 5.1 system for that but you might want to try to sweeten that pot a bit before you actually buy anything.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
I shouldve mentioned this setup is not for me, but my father in law. If it was me, I would be spending a lot more on speakers and doing a dedicated room...

Anyway, he is not an Audiophile whatsoever and probably couldnt tell a real difference between most speakers. Having said that, I want to get him the best bang for his buck so to speak...

We are going to do 5.1. Should I put the speakers directly to the side of the listening area (more of side surround I guess) or put them 12-15' directly behind the listening area???
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by mattulrich View Post


We are going to do 5.1. Should I put the speakers directly to the side of the listening area (more of side surround I guess) or put them 12-15' directly behind the listening area???

That is why I receommended and linked two systems with these type of surrounds. To mount on the sides.

These are the surrounds for the Paradigm Atom Monitor system

http://www.paradigm.com/en/paradigm/...1-4-4.paradigm

Also look at the Axiom surrounds

http://www.axiomaudio.com/qs4_main.html
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. I would love to convince him to spend more $$ on those side surround speakers as well as the LCR, but I know he wont go for it. I acutally own the Axiom speakers you are referring to and their on-wall speakers in my own 7.1 HT setup.

Like I said, the person I am helping is on a very small budget. I was thinking the Paradigm Cinema 110 System (around $799) might be a good system for him, but I dont know about placing those surrounds to the side. However, he is not an Audiophile at all, so Im guessing he would like the setup regardless.

What do you think about going with that system?
post #8 of 8
I just recommended those surround because I feel they would disperse the sound across the back of the room better.
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