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Originally Posted by schuz24
Thinking about doing the millenia 20's for the left, center, right. Was kind
of wanting peoples opinions of them, av receiver for them and powered subwoofer that would complement them. The receiver must do 4k pass through and be HDCP 2.2. Any help would be great! My room is pretty big 13 x 17 with part of it open to the next room.
I would only do a flat on-wall speaker like the Millenias if I were under draconian WAF pressures (don't let anyone tell you that this type of ultra-compact on-wall speaker does not entail any sound compromises). If not, for wall mounting I would look at compact sealed cabinet speakers like Ascend HTM-200SE or NHT SuperOnes / SuperZeros or (front-ported) RSL CG23 / CG3.
It is NEVER necessary to "match" the brand of your speakers with the brand of the sub. Only the sleaziest of salespeople would even suggest that. For your sub I would look at Hsu, Rythmik, and SVS. In a room of your size and configuration (the open adjacent spaces have to be added in, when shopping for subs) I would go for a ported not sealed sub, and at minimum something like the Hsu VTF-2. Paradigm's subs are mediocre for the money, i.e. overpriced and underperforming, as is typical for the subs produced by speaker-dominant companies just looking to cash in on the brand-matching gullibility of newbies.
For your receiver, look at accessories4less.com where you can often find authorized refurbs at 50% off retail...sometimes these are just excess inventory marked as "authorized refurbs" but are actually brand new. The receiver has a relatively small impact on your system's overall sound quality so I wouldn't spend more than 20-30% of your overall budget on it.
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