Room Info - Dedicated Home Theater. The room has low ceilings about 7'5", it is about 25' long and 10'6" wide. The Speakers will be behind an AT wall (screen is 120" diagonal 16:9) that has 3' of space behind it. The first row of seating is about 10 feet away, with a couch on a riser 4 feet behind (14' back) that and bar seating directly behind the couch (17' back).
Current Speakers & Power - I currently am using an old Klipsch F3 setup. It includes 2 - F3 towers and a C3 center with 2 -S3 surrounds. I do have the room wired for 7.1 and plan to build 2 more surrounds. I currently use a Pioneer Elite VS-50, but am thinking of upgrading to something like the Monoprice Monolith 7, when it comes out. So for now, assume what I have, but something that can handle the Monolith, if I do indeed upgrade to it.
Listening Preference/Usage - I only watch movies and Sports. I like to feel the movies. Impact is a must. I have been happy with my Klipsch (although they can sometimes get too bright) and okay happy with my Subwoofer, but that will eventually be replaced. I really want to focus on the Front 3 speakers and the rears right now. I typically set my receiver to Pure Direct. I usually listen to my system at abotu -10DB (calibrated). Any louder and it hurts my ears due to it being too sharp.
Size Constraints - Since this is a dedicated Theater, I do not have any size constraints.
DIY Capabilities - I would really prefer a flat pack. I do not feel confident enough to get as good of sound, without using your flat packs.
Budget - My budget is flexible. I'd like to stay around $1,500 for the 3 fronts and 2 rears.
Reason for Upgrade - I bought my speakers that I have now back in 2007 back when I could buy them for under cost from Klipsch. I got the whole system for like $500. I've always wanted a nice system that would do my newly built theater justice. IS it possible to get better sound within my price range?
Future Plans - Upgrading my Receiver and get an External Amp. Currently I am eyeing the Monoprice Monolith 7. I also would like to add 2 more matching rears to make it a 7.1.
I really have not had anything other than my Klipsch. Although I have been happy with them, I feel like they could be better. Are any of these DIY speakers better than what I currently have? If so, what would be best for me?
Last edited by Al Toid; 01-13-2016 at 12:42 AM.