Originally Posted by tdx
So after much research I think I am leaning towards the following solution:
- Bookshelves fronts
- A small sub (don't need much bass)
- 2 In ceiling heights for Atmos
- Bookshelves on stands and to the sides for rears
So a simple 5.1.2 system driven by a mid range AVR (leaning towards the Yamaha 1080 for now).
I would love some speaker suggestions for this configuration. Mainly for the fronts, it seems to me the in ceiling and rear speakers are not that critical.
As I mentioned before my use would 75% movies and 25% music. I am really looking for speakers that the widest, most detailed soundscape for movies more than anything else.
Would like to keep my total speaker budget to 2.5K max.
Any suggestions? Thanks.
So, apartment setup, sitting very close, medium volumes, detailed sound, 3.1 to start is what it seems you are after.
Best to buy from places with free returns or inexpensive returns rather than just buying from an expensive to return vendor recommended by "some guy on the internet."
I own the Martin Logan LX16s and they deliver what you are looking for but there are other good choices below also.
BOOKSHELF SPEAKER PAIRS WITH >4.9" MAIN DRIVER, UNDER $500 MSRP & FREE OR CHEAP RETURN SHIPPING
**equals free returns ^^equals $10/ box returns
NOTES: >note that most speakers do not actually reach within 10hz of their stated bass extension; check pro reviews
>CRUTCHFIELD carries many speakers that Best Buy does not listed below. Their return policy is very inexpensive and longer in time.
>check center speaker prices before choosing a pair for a surround system as some companies have VERY high prices for centers
PORT? H/W/D ROUNDED TO NEAREST INCH
$300 REAR 12X7X10 2 way 5.25" [65hz] PSB ALPHA B1^^
$349 REAR 12X7X8 2 way 5.25" [75hz] APERION INTIMUS 5B**
$400 FRONT 16X6X6 2 way 2 X 4" [85hz] RSL CG 23**
$400 REAR 10X7X8 2 way 5.5" [55hz] MONITOR AUDIO BRONZE 1^^
$446 REAR 11x7x10 2 way 5.25" [60hz] MARTIN LOGAN LX16^^ Crutchfield Outlet Open Box
$479 SEALED 13X6X10 2 way 5.25" [35hz] KLH ALBANY^^
$500 FRONT 14X8X10 2 way 6.5" [42hz] MONITOR AUDIO BRONZE 2^^
$500 REAR 12X7X11 2 way 5.25" [55hz] PSB IMAGE XB^^
Take a look at the excellent Martin Logan sealed sub in the link, currently $399, ($300 off). Usually $500 is the minimum you will pay for a quality sealed sub. If you were looking for more volume potential you should consider the ported RSL Speedwoofer at the same price point as the RSL offers free returns if not happy.
350watts =15w16h17d= 40 lbs 10" [30hz] $399 RSL SPEEDWOOFER 10S, (extension from Sound & Vision review)
300watts =12w13h13d= 27 lbs 10" [24hz] $399 MARTIN LOGAN DYNAMO 700W, limited time offer
NOTE: WIRELESS TRANSMITTER INCLUDED