Originally Posted by Sdjohnson20
I've been looking here a long time, never had to ask a question though. Long story short: got divorced, gave up a lot of my stuff just to get it over with (worth it, btw) I'm here a year later rebuilding in my new place. Was gifted a Vizio 65" 1080p which is fine for now, need sound. Living room is 17d x 28w x 8h left & vaulted to 11h right. The viewing area is 18' wide. MLP is center of tv 12' away. Pretty sure I'm set on something like a Denon AVR-S730 for 5.1 with the option of adding Atmos height/ceiling bounce in the near future. Completely open to other AVR suggestions in that price range. I can make a wire go anywhere I've ever wanted but just not worth it here for in-ceiling, there's no access & I'm burnt out on modding this house. My hangup is speakers. I have an older sony 12" powered sub that sounds ok but I'm getting lost in the research & reviews on the other speakers. I'm considering the following :
Dayton AIRs or MK series
Pioneer 52 series
Polk T series
There seems to be enough crappy reviews on each of these to make me wonder. A lot of reviews say "there are better for less" but they often don't say names/models. I don't mind modding, I'm an avionics technician by trade & built/repaired a ton of tube guitar amps, I'm not scared to dig in & make them better but I don't have that kind of test equipment, just O-scope & multimeter. Need suggestions on the above or similar. I'll probably add a dayton or BIC 12" sub to whatever I get.
-Let's say around $400 without sub
-want near movie theater loudness
-90% movies/tv/games 10% music
-I have no idea if I need bookshelves or towers for mains
-I feel like I want dipole/bipole surrounds due to room layout but not sure if it's worth it for the budget
-i intend to play with cheapie up firing speakers to see if Atmos is worth it
-I want once & done, please no recs to go 2.1 & save up. It's ok if not perfect, just want the best this budget can get me.
Sorry for long-windedness. Tried to capture all necessary details to get help. I never ask for help but this isn't my area of expertise. I research the hell out of everything, it led to a mental shutdown in this case. Please help.
First off, congrats on the divorce.
I know for some people a divorce is a true blessing. Now on your situation.....Atmos "bounce" speakers really won't work well with your slanted ceiling, particularly left to right across the listening area, so I would scratch that. If I'm understanding this correctly, you have a budget of $400 for 5 speakers and a receiver? If that's the case, I would probably consider saving up a bit more, as that is a shoe-string budget to get a system up and running. If the Sony Core SS-CS5 speakers were to go on sale for $75/pair again, that would be the way to go, but I'm not sure they will go half off again. The Polk Signature speakers are currently on sale, but even at their sale prices they won't be within your current budget. For a receiver, there are some decent options for less than $300.
EDIT: starting tomorrow, the Pioneer SS-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers will be $58/pair/shipped at frys.com w/promo code.
Subs>RBH I-12e, I-12. HSU VTF-15H mk2. Monolith THX 12(x2)/THX 10(x2). XTZ 1X12. SVS PB-1000(x2). Speakers>JBL Studio 270/235c/230/225c, Arena 130/125c. Sony CS3/CS8/CS5. QA 3020i/3090Ci, 2020i/2000c. Monolith Cinema 5bs. Polk RTiA1/CSiA4. Other Audio>Sony MDR-Z7m2, MDR-V6, XB900n, XB700, XB32, XB31. Sennheiser HD58X, HD4.50, PC37X. Philips SHP9500. SIVGA SV004. HyperX Cloud PS4. TB Stealth300. LG FH6,RK8,RK7,PK5. HK Onyx Studio4(x2).
Last edited by MIX_MASTER_ICE; 12-15-2018 at 09:06 PM.