Originally Posted by avnoob84
I recently upgraded my 9 year old Onkyo receiver with a new Yamaha TSR-7850 receiver (bought from Costco). I still have 9 year old speakers that I got from Onkyo HTIB bundle and now looking to replace all of them.
My setup: Dark media room with 110" projector screen and pre-wired for 5.1 system, Epson 5030UB 3D projector, Yamaha TSR-7850 receiver. Front and surround speakers are wired on wall already.
Budget: I am willing to spend up to $3000 on new speakers, but preferably like to stay around $2000.
I know lot of people prefer to bundle different type of speakers to build their own 5.1 speaker system, instead of just going with traditional HTIB or buying Bose speakers.
1. Is my budget $2K to $3K sufficient enough to build a high quality 5.1 speaker system?
2. Can you recommend best 5.1 speaker set (no brand preference)?
3. Which brand is considered the best in home theater speaker segment recently? I know this could be subjective, but trying to get overall opinion of experts on this forum.
4. How much $$$ typically people spend on building their 5.1 speaker system?
I have to agree with Russ; anyone "new' to true home theater should start with the Klipsch RP line as the new line is a breakthrough of sorts for Klipsch in that independent pro reviews are proving by measuring the speakers that the new management is aiming for flat frequency response vs the oder "tend to be on the bright/harsh sige" Klipsch, especially their R series which you should avoid.
Best of all Best Buy carries them so you can bring a pair home and try them and see what you think.
Return within 15 days, and you've learned something, or keep them if you like them and fill out from there.
How big is the space?
A recent AVS member actually build a 3.1 system with RP400ms for his 16x20 foot room and was blown away that those smallest of all RPs delivered the goods with a quality sub in play.
No huge surprise because they share the identical tweeter with even the largest RP tower.
Are you interested in towers or bookshelves?
The latter will allow for better bang for buck and most people get towers to listen to music without a sub.
Here are the subs to consider and I agree with Russ, get two unless your space is very small.
PORTED SUBWOOFERS $600 AND BELOW, DELIVERED
*THE LARGER PORTED SUBS DELIVER AT LEAST 40% MORE SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL
THAN THE SAME BRAND'S SEALED VERSION WITH SAME SIZE WOOFER AND AMP
*IF LOOKING AT LARGER/MORE EXPENSIVE SUBWOOFERS ADD PSA TO THE LIST OF BRANDS
*IF YOU ARE NOT AN ACTION MOVIE FAN A SUBWOOFER WITH 22-30HZ EXTENSION WOULD BE FINE
*FOR MUSIC A 30HZ SUB IS A FINE CHOICE
*BEFORE BUYING MAKE A CARDBOARD CUTOUT OF THE SIZE OF THE SUB TO MAKE SURE IT IS NOT TOO LARGE FOR YOU
Warranty Specs are from the manufacturer unless noted otherwise.
2 years 350watts =15w16h17d= 40 lbs 10" [30hz] $399 RSL SPEEDWOOFER 10S, (extension from Sound & Vision review)
2 years 250watts =15w19h17d= 42 lbs 10" [25hz] $455 HSU VTF 1 MK3 (extension from Audioholics review)
5 years 300watts =15w19h20d= 46 lbs 10" [18hz] $499 SVS PB1000, (extension from Sound & Vision Review)
5 years 500watts =15w19h20d= 72 lbs 10" [20hz] $500 MONOPRICE MONOLITH THX 10"
3 years 300watts =16w22h21d= 69 lbs* 12" [19hz] $569 RHYTHMIK LV12F
2 years 350watts =15w21h22d= 62 lbs 12" [18hz] $607 HSU VTF2 MK5, (extension from Audioholics review)
* = shipping weight
SEALED SUBWOOFERS $650 AND BELOW, DELIVERED
3 years 300watts =12w13h13d= 27 lbs 10" [24hz] $399 MARTIN LOGAN DYNAMO 700W, limited time offer
NOTE: WIRELESS TRANSMITTER INCLUDED
5 years 300watts =13w14h16d= 27 lbs 12" [23hz] $499 SVS SB1000, (extension from Sound & Vision)
5 years 500watts =13w16h21d= 50 lbs 10" [20hz] $500 MONOPRICE MONOLITH MTS10 THX
3 years 300watts =14w14h16d= 58 lbs* 12" [18hz] $539 RHYTHMIK L12
5 years 500watts =14w15h17d= 35 lbs 12" [19hz] $649 SVS SB2000 outlet, (extension from Sound & Vision)
* = shipping weight