Originally Posted by 307racing
Hi all - building a new home and installing a 5.1 system in the family room and saving a bigger and better system for the theater room to be built later on.
Looking for advice on which equipment is recommended in my price range of all in around $1,000.
I know I need new (white) speakers (5) to be mounted.
I have a powered sub from onkyo I plan to use, from this kit (HT-S9400THX)
I have an older Onkyo receiver but it is not Bluetooth and I plan to place in adjacent room to free up space in family room, from kit above.
I have 65" 4k TV.
Looking for recommendations on:
White small speakers to keep a clean look in family room but that have good sound and fill the large room (20x16, open to kitchen on one side).
Thoughts on using my current powered sub as apposed to new unit.
Ability to update receiver to Bluetooth or replace with another unit. (or other options to get signal to hidden receiver)
Universal Bluetooth remote to work with comcast/verizion fios/receiver.
Thanks for your help.
If you can budge on anything, I'd suggest budging on the color white. Your options at that price point are very limited in white. In black,you have some very nice-sounding speakers as options at or very close to your price point, including Pioneer SP-BS22-LR, a fantastic bookshelf (I own pair, full disclosure) or the Atmos-enabled SP-BS22A-LR, which is even better. With either of those speakers, you could use a single speaker as your center channel, or spring for the regular center.
If it were my room, that size and budget, I'd push for 4 SP-BS22A-LR and add the matching center, using your existing sub.
Just be sure to experiment a lot with positioning the sub. Looks like a good spot from your schematic, but in my experience, sub placement is extremely idiosyncratic and there's no substitute for sitting in the sweet spot and moving the sub around while testing with a measurement device or the best measurement device on earth (your ears). A good cheap way to do this is to use a sine wave tone from the internet that goes down to the lower octaves and just play it on your system, via a smart phone or tablet. If you have a bass null at the sweet spot, you'll hear it, and can adjust the sub placement accordingly until you minimize the null.
That to me is the most challenging aspect of setting up a home theater, good speakers or bad. And if you sacrificed your white speaker needs and go the Pioneers, you'd have a really wonderful setup for both movies and music.
Sticking to white speakers, your options are a lot more limited. Most on wall speakers have super high cutoff points and personally, I would not mess with them. You could try Gallo Orbs - or some of the other Gallos. I've heard those before in a similar sized room and they handled HT duties well. Would not want them for any critical music listening because of the high cutoff.
If you are dead set on white, suggest you listen to the KEF Q series. It may push over your budget, but at Accessories4less the KEFs regularly come up for sale. They make a very nice sounding set of bookshelves, and you can use a bookshelf or dedicated center. Could get the larger bookshelf for the mains, smaller for rears.