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[EU] Upgrading to 3.0 setup for movies - Advice welcome

I recently bought a 4k TV (Sony X900F), but wasn't impressed with the internal speakers and would like to upgrade to dedicated speakers. Here's some general info:

Room size is 12m² (130 sq ft) and the space is closed off. Symmetrical placement of the speakers will be difficult and they will have to be placed close to a wall.
Intended usage is movies (85%) and video games (15%).
Chosen setup is 3.0 with future upgrade plans to 3.1.
Budget is around €700 ($750). €250 for receiver. €250 for L/R. €200 for C + accessories.
Country: Belgium.
Chosen receiver is Denon AVR-X1400H (since it has a discount and is considered a good entry-level device).

A lot of the speakers that are mentioned on forums like these are either not available where I live, too expensive or completely sold out. Here are some of my options for passive bookshelf speakers:

- Q acoustics 3020i, with matching 3090Ci.
- Wharfedale Diamond 220, with matching 220 center.
- Jamo s803, with Jamo S81. Not sure if this center is the correct match.
- Dali Spektor 2, with matching Dali Vokal.
- Monitor Audio Bronze 1, with matching center.

Other options are active speakers, which are probably not ideal since I'm sitting 3 meters away from the TV. Or passive speakers without a matching center like Klipsch R-51M or KEF Q150. This means I would have to buy 2 pairs of those speakers, just to use one as a center channel. Seems inefficient and a waste of money.

What would be a good choice considering the room, placement, budget and intended use? Are there any other speakers that I missed (and are available where I live)?
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Or passive speakers without a matching center like Klipsch R-51M or KEF Q150.
I made a mistake. The KEF Q150 is out of my budget range.
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I recently bought a 4k TV (Sony X900F), but wasn't impressed with the internal speakers and would like to upgrade to dedicated speakers. Here's some general info:

Room size is 12m² (130 sq ft) and the space is closed off. Symmetrical placement of the speakers will be difficult and they will have to be placed close to a wall.
Intended usage is movies (85%) and video games (15%).
Chosen setup is 3.0 with future upgrade plans to 3.1.
Budget is around €700 ($750). €250 for receiver. €250 for L/R. €200 for C + accessories.
Country: Belgium.
Chosen receiver is Denon AVR-X1400H (since it has a discount and is considered a good entry-level device).

A lot of the speakers that are mentioned on forums like these are either not available where I live, too expensive or completely sold out. Here are some of my options for passive bookshelf speakers:

- Q acoustics 3020i, with matching 3090Ci.
- Wharfedale Diamond 220, with matching 220 center.
- Jamo s803, with Jamo S81. Not sure if this center is the correct match.
- Dali Spektor 2, with matching Dali Vokal.
- Monitor Audio Bronze 1, with matching center.

Other options are active speakers, which are probably not ideal since I'm sitting 3 meters away from the TV. Or passive speakers without a matching center like Klipsch R-51M or KEF Q150. This means I would have to buy 2 pairs of those speakers, just to use one as a center channel. Seems inefficient and a waste of money.

What would be a good choice considering the room, placement, budget and intended use? Are there any other speakers that I missed (and are available where I live)?
I tested the Martin Logan Motion 15/LX16, Q Acoustics Concept 20s and KLH Albanys in my home in the last few years and found WhatHiFi's admittedly subjective and brief reviews of each to be exactly on point.

They didn't test the Bronze 1 but did test the Bronze 2 so the Bronze 1 should be a bit easier to place.

Same with Jamo.

For a subwoofer consider one from BK Electronics in the UK: http://www.bkelec.com/HiFi/Sub_Woofers.htm

https://www.whathifi.com/us/monitor-...ronze-2/review

https://www.whathifi.com/us/wharfeda...ond-220/review

https://www.whathifi.com/us/q-acoustics/3020i/review

https://www.whathifi.com/us/jamo/s-805/review

https://www.whathifi.com/us/dali/spektor-2/review

Geoff A. J., California
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