Originally Posted by 3Dhereicome
Working on trying to build a small theater room in an upstairs area. It'll be totally open on one side so it wont be a true theater but it is what it is at this point. I'm a speaker noob coming from a SJ9 soundbar, so to me noise is noise.
I'm looking at speaker prices and types and I honestly don't have a budget, my budget is basically what I feel I need to spend. Originally I wanted to be around $1,500-2000 for a receiver and all the speakers for a 5.1.4 system. My dad has a pioneer (5.1 I think) receiver he's going to give me that's about 10 years old and a sub, so I'm set there for now until I get everything and switch to a 9.2 receiver.
The room is roughly 10x10 with an open side, no door. I started looking at speakers and originally priced them off basic crutchfield speakers to get an idea. But I went to Best Buy (I know, I hate them too) today and had a listen at a few I considered and some I did not.
The first ones were the Klipsch towers, 820/620F. I actually don't know what the difference is here. I believe Best Buy had the 620F for demo, I thought they were nice, sounded good and full.
I went into the room of sound where you wish you could die and stay forever because it sounds amazing. I demoed the ELAC towers for $350, me and my wife thought they sounded pretty good for the price, they were the Debut 2.0. Then we demoed some $2,500 B&W's and were blown away, I actually was shocked by the difference in loudness and clarity and they were punchy. But too much money, way too much.
Then I asked to hear the DT BP9020, I absolutely loved them too. I brought my wife back and put on those 2 speakers and she thought they sounded phenomenal too and she was shocked when I told her it was only 2 towers and not the 5.1.2 we had on with the ELAC setup. The built in subs work surprisingly well and they were very clear and enjoyable. The aesthetic of them is fantastic too, they look very nicely made and are attractive.
I read the owners thread but didn't see much and some reviews and they all seem positive. I'm just wondering on what some opinions are here from owners and audiophiles regarding these speakers. Are they over priced for the money or worth it, I've seen them for $4-500? Am I crazy to think they sound $400 better than the ELAC's?
I fell in love with them but I want some reassurance I'm not over spending lol. Are there other options here to consider?
10x10 is a VERY small space and really won't give any tower, especially one with side firing woofers and backward firing speaker to make it bipolar.
I'm not saying they are bad speakers, many AVS members like them, but they really need some space to work properly.
At almost $1500/pair they eat up most of your budget. The center is another $570.
Your room will fit on walls or stand mount speakers.
I'd order some LX16s and some PSB Alpha 1s from Crutchfield to try at home and send home the loser, as returning them will be free as they will take the $10/box cost to return within 60 days out of the rewards points for the speakers you choose to keep.
I tested the LX16s against my older model B&W CM1 Concept 90s and preferred the LX16s by a tiny hair.
As your room is very small you don't want a subwoofer with a massive cabinet so I'd order an RSL Speedwoofer 10s as it is quite compact yet powerful and has free return shipping should it under perform for you.
Here it is compared to some other solid ported sub choices:
2 years 350watts =15w16h17d= 40 lbs 10" [30hz] $399 RSL SPEEDWOOFER 10S, (extension from Sound & Vision review)
5 years 300watts =15w19h20d= 46 lbs 10" [18hz] $499 SVS PB1000, (extension from Sound & Vision Review)
5 years 400watts =17w21hx22d= 66 lbs 12" [19hz] $500 SVS PB12 NSD, (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] $599 RHYTHMIK LV12F
2 years 350watts =15w21h22d= 62 lbs 12" [18hz] $607 HSU VTF2 MK5, (extension from Audioholics review)
* = shipping weight