Originally Posted by Beardlesstulip
Looking to upgrade my 7.1 setup here in the next few months. Trying to decide between tower speakers or bookshelf. Currently using two Emotiva B1 Airmotiv speakers for my fronts and a C1 for the center. Using E1s for my surrounds. The problem is I think I need an upgrade for the center and fronts. I have an HSU Research VTF-3 MK5 sub to go with this set. I can't help but feel my sub conquers and dwindles the speakers. Not saying I have too much sub but rather would like to get speakers to push more. Price range is fair. Not looking to buy 2000 dollar each speakers but not no a budget friendly diet. My plan is to add an additional VTF-3 in the future for 7.2. I'm stuck between either getting tower speakers or sticking with bookshelf. I want the most out of them as possible so I lean towards towers, but with so much at subwoofer I feel bookshelves may be more than adequate. So I ask your opinion and if possible any suggestions for whatever speaker you choose.
Emotiva t1 ($500 a pair) and t2 ($800 a pair) towers are on sale. I would say upgrade to a C2 but they are out of stock, some have had luck calling emotiva and getting a referbished one. Make sure you have room for a C2 though its alot bigger, wider and deaper than the C1, its also rear ported so cant be up against a wall like the C1.
Need to make sure your avr wont have issues though since they are 4 ohm speakers. Most newer recievers have no issues, i use a onkyo 830z.
Both of these options would keep you under 2k. Closer to 900-1200 for 3 speakers. Even have some left over for a second sud if you want.
The b1 can always be moved to the surrounds to upgrade an e1 if space permits.
I have T1/C2/E2 in a 5.1.2 setup i am very happy with. I have a small 11x12 room but prefer the sound of towers over bookselfs for the lr front speakers(went to bed buy and tried tower and bookshelf speaker of the same line to find this out). I sit 8ft from my mains. Went with C2 for vocal clearity off others recommendation and am very happy with it. (This was my main complaint with the old monoprice speakers i had).
I have a monolith 12 for a sub and dont feel i am over powering my center or towers. To me it seems well balanced once i got everything set up like i wanted it.
This all only matters if you like the sound of your emotiva speakers though. If you dont then there are other option depending on what you dont like about the enotiva speakers.
Sub and towers should not play at the same frequency, i cut mine over at 80hz, some like different setting or need it higher for there speakers.