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Best options for a 7.1 speaker system under $500?

Looking for the best 7.1 speaker system (already have a Harman Kardon receiver) under $500. This is just for a home we are renting out to a tenant which already has an existing 120" screen and Benq projector and receiver. Not sure what the best options are I should be looking at so I'm consulting you guys for any help you can give.
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4 pairs of Sony Core speakers ($120/pr. at bestbuy.com) = $480
1 x Dayton SUB-1200 ($150, shipped, at parts-express.com) = $150
Total = $630
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Keeping it simple for a rental, Monoprice and Dayton Audio have reset the floor for budget HT speakers:
https://www.audioholics.com/tower-sp...p-t65rt-mk442t
https://www.audioholics.com/bookshel...d-mk442-review
https://www.audioholics.com/bookshel...eviews/mp-65rt

With that said, some people like the BIC FH6-LCR as a center more than what they offer, a PL-28ii even more, but it's huge in comparison.
Starting with a Dayton SUB-1200 as a subwoofer, here are some speaker options within budget:

Start with a Dayton 5.1 bundle including a SUB-1200, an MK442 center and MK402 everywhere else.
https://www.parts-express.com/dayton...oofer--300-747
Add another pair of MK442s, using them upright as front L/R, pushing the 4x MK402s to surrounds. $319+100 = $419
Alternatively, you could add a BIC FH6-LCR as the center instead of one of the new MK442s. $319+50+119 = $488

If you don't mind shopping from 2 different sites, you could get the sub from Dayton and the speakers from Monoprice, starting with a SUB-1200 for $150
Monoprice MP-C65RT center, MP-T65RT Towers L/R, 4x MP-65RT as surrounds. $150+$46+$145+$102 = $443
If you don't mind breaking the budget a little, you could use the FH6-LCR as the center, new total = $516

If you need to keep the budget strict, and since satellites don't have to be great to be effective, you could go with Dayton B452s as the 4 surrounds to help upgrade other speakers.
BIC FH6-LCR center, Monoprice MP-T65RT Towers L/R, 4x Dayton B452 surrounds. $150+$119+$145+$56 = $470

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Looking for the best 7.1 speaker system (already have a Harman Kardon receiver) under $500. This is just for a home we are renting out to a tenant which already has an existing 120" screen and Benq projector and receiver. Not sure what the best options are I should be looking at so I'm consulting you guys for any help you can give.
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Love AVS members! Thank you both as this is just what I was looking for!
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Looking for the best 7.1 speaker system (already have a Harman Kardon receiver) under $500. This is just for a home we are renting out to a tenant which already has an existing 120" screen and Benq projector and receiver. Not sure what the best options are I should be looking at so I'm consulting you guys for any help you can give.
I'd look at some Klipsch Synergy systems. Might only get 5.1 for that price but rock on.
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Thanks again guys. Ended up with a 5.1 setup. 5 MK442s and a Sub 1200.
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Thanks again guys. Ended up with a 5.1 setup. 5 MK442s and a Sub 1200.
Hi Toe,

how do you like the MK442s? This is a very similar setup i'm trying to achieve but with the SUB1500
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Hi Toe,

how do you like the MK442s? This is a very similar setup i'm trying to achieve but with the SUB1500
Hi there! Sorry for the late response.

Unfortunately I havent been able to listen yet as both the speakers and sub are on backorder. Speakers until the 20th and the sub until July 10th. Will report back when they come in.
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A point that hasn't been discussed in this thread, but came up in another one is that the Dayton MK442s are 4ohm speakers. The Harman Kardon AVRs have historically run hot, so you may want to consider higher impedance options to keep the current down.
Currently, Harman Audio is running a special on Infinity Reference speakers:
https://www.harmanaudio.com/home-aud...refv1=Infinity

The Reference 152 and RC252 will outclass the Dayton MK442 if you use them up front and have 8ohm impedance.
If you don't mind breaking budget by a little, Infinity RC252 + 4x R152 + SUB-1200 would be $555 and would have better sound quality than the 5x MK442 setup.
OTOH, since surrounds don't need to be great, even inexpensive 8ohm Dayton B452s should do.
If there's any urgency to get it done sooner than waiting for the backorders, all of the speakers mentioned are in stock, and the Infinity R12 subwoofer is on sale as well for $179.
That's $584 for an all-Infinity setup, or $479 if you use Dayton B452 as the surrounds.

While the price on the Infinity sub is great, I don't know that the R12 offers the same value compared to the SUB-1200 as the speakers do compared to the MK442s.
The SUB-1200 reaches down to 25Hz, while the R12 only to 29Hz. At PartsExpress, the SUB-1500 (150W RMS) and BIC V1220 (200W RMS) claim 23Hz for $200.
The other nice thing about the Infinity sale at Harman is that there's a 30-day risk-free trial, where they pay shipping back if you change your mind, even on the heavy subwoofer.

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Hi there! Sorry for the late response.

Unfortunately I havent been able to listen yet as both the speakers and sub are on backorder. Speakers until the 20th and the sub until July 10th. Will report back when they come in.
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A point that hasn't been discussed in this thread, but came up in another one is that the Dayton MK442s are 4ohm speakers. The Harman Kardon AVRs have historically run hot, so you may want to consider higher impedance options to keep the current down.
Currently, Harman Audio is running a special on Infinity Reference speakers:
https://www.harmanaudio.com/home-aud...refv1=Infinity

The Reference 152 and RC252 will outclass the Dayton MK442 if you use them up front and have 8ohm impedance.
If you don't mind breaking budget by a little, Infinity RC252 + 4x R152 + SUB-1200 would be $555 and would have better sound quality than the 5x MK442 setup.
OTOH, since surrounds don't need to be great, even inexpensive 8ohm Dayton B452s should do.
If there's any urgency to get it done sooner than waiting for the backorders, all of the speakers mentioned are in stock, and the Infinity R12 subwoofer is on sale as well for $179.
That's $584 for an all-Infinity setup, or $479 if you use Dayton B452 as the surrounds.

While the price on the Infinity sub is great, I don't know that the R12 offers the same value compared to the SUB-1200 as the speakers do compared to the MK442s.
The SUB-1200 reaches down to 25Hz, while the R12 only to 29Hz. At PartsExpress, the SUB-1500 (150W RMS) and BIC V1220 (200W RMS) claim 23Hz for $200.
The other nice thing about the Infinity sale at Harman is that there's a 30-day risk-free trial, where they pay shipping back if you change your mind, even on the heavy subwoofer.
Phil would you say this infinity's are better than the Klipsch RM-41s that are going on amazon for 145ish/pair?
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While I normally wouldn't want to compare speakers I haven't heard, looking at the spec sheet reveals that the Infinity speakers have larger CMMD woofers, so they should reach a little lower.
With the CMMD drivers, they would have compared to a higher line of Klipsch speakers. Maybe something like the RP-400M or RP-500M.
The Klipsch speakers are more sensitive, probably due to the horn, but not by so much.

Those 2 things would have had me buying the Infinity speakers over the Klipsch, especially at their respective prices.
Unfortunately, that's past tense now, as the Infinity sale seems to be over, so they're probably out of the running now based on their much higher "regular" price.

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