Originally Posted by AudioNewGuy
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I'm looking forward to building my first home theatre surround sound system (though will be used for music) and I wanted to get an opinion from the folks here as to what would be the best way to start. My room is a 20x20x13 open concept living / dining room. My budget for start will be about 2K to 2.2K.
Right now for a receiver I've been looking at the Marantz SR5010 and the Denon X3300. I plan on purchasing a 4K TV so the pass through is a must. Also with wide variety of speakers I've been looking at, I think these two models could drive everything.
My question to the collective group here is where is the best bang for my buck in obtaining a tower speaker pair for under $1300?
I've seen rave reviews of the new ELAC UF5s, though the fact that they need to be driven by a true 4ohm capable receiver scares me a bit. I recently demo'd the new Def Tech BP9040s with the A90 Atmos add on and they sounded superb. But the Def Tech's have an 8" sub built into the tower- is the quality there or would it best to purchase a stand alone sub? I also have a friend that owns the Klipsch R-28F which sound phenominal.
The ELACs run $1000 for a pair, BP9040s at $1300 before the A90 add on, and lastly the Klipschs are at $900 a pair.
Down the line, in a perfect world with more disposable income, I'd love to add a channel center and a true subwoofer. Are the speakers im looking at now good for the money? Any suggestions on which would be best or other models I should be looking at for my setup?
Looking forward to everyone's thoughts! Thanks!
For budget towers, have you considered EMP Tek: http://emptek.com/r55ti.php
Audioholics gave those a performance rating of 4.0, and a value rating of 4.5: https://www.audioholics.com/tower-sp...s/emptek-e55ti
I've not heard those towers, specifically, but I have a pair of matching bookshelves (R5Bi) last weekend and I'm really loving them...
I know many on here recommend going lower-budget on the AVR and something like horns (or other high-sensitivity) for tweeters, but just to play devil's advocate:
1) The speaker recommendations regarding efficiency is great advice... If you like horns or ribbons. I don't have experience with ribbons, but as far as horns go, if you find them to be a little edgy and fatiguing, as I do, this recommendation doesn't work as well...
2) The consequence of this is, if you prefer these dome tweeters (that typically come with lower sensitivity ratings), AND you want to (try, at least) future-proof yourself with the latest audio codec support (TrueHD, DTS-HD-MA, Atmos, DTSX, etc) and you want HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 and 4K support... AND the ability to eventually add pre-outs in the future, if you ever find yourself wanting/needing more power... well... suddenly site's like Denon's start "filtering" you towards the higher end of their offerings.
I don't disagree that for 2-channel music, your budget is much better allocated on the speakers than it is on the AVR... just in terms of sound quality, what speakers you choose will play a much bigger role than what AVR you hook them up to. It's only when you complicate matters with just exactly what all Home Theater capabilities you want, do you I find myself (unfortunately) staring at AVRs with sticker prices well beyond what I wanted to pay...