Originally Posted by ManFromGouda
I am looking to have a little more in-your-face sound experience when watching movies in my humble home theater room.
For now, I am looking to replace my front speakers with either the Q Acoustics 3050 (non i version) or the Polk S55 or S60.
I will be mostly using the speakers in a 5.1 setup to watch movies; music is less important. I think it will be maybe 80 percent movies, and 20 percent audio. My room is about 5 x 4 meters and I am using a Onkyo TX-NR696 receiver.
Please mind I have little room to place the speakers.
I can reserve 20 centimeters, maybe a foot room to the back wall but at the sides the speakers will be placed between furniture and/or sidewall.
So why the Q Acoustics 3050?
- decent priced in The Netherlands (440 Euro a pair)
- Highly rated in many reviews including What HiFi
- madly in love with the design and the anthracite color
- 92 dB sensitivity
- Will I achieve my goal for a better movie experience?
- Looking at my speaker placement, which will better perform?
I would get the 3050i mainly for the attractive price and the fact that you won't have to buy speaker stands for them. They are good speakers no doubt, but since you say that movies not music is your main focus, the most important piece of the puzzle is the CENTER SPEAKER---and in my experience, Q Acoustics makes mediocre center speakers with stupid tiny little woofers that produce a boxy and not very dynamic sound. (Some people will disagree with me, on this, Geoff in particular.
) In any case, I can say with confidence that the QA centers will *not* produce what you described as "more in-your-face sound experience when watching movies"---probably the opposite.
However, the good news: contrary to popular superstition, you do NOT need to "match" the center speaker with the L/R speakers. I've experimented with over a dozen different combinations of both "matching" and non matching front 3 speakers, which has driven that point home time and time again.
So, my advice to you would be to get the 3050i but for your center, go with this:
What speaker stores will never tell you is, the center speaker does 70-80% of the HT/TV output and 98% of the DIALOGUE. It is *the* true workhorse/backbone of any HT setup and thus the absolute LAST place you should ever cut corners. Smaller centers (less than 5.25" woofers) almost always produce tinny voices and often, terrible voice clarity. Getting towers for an HT system is a visual preference, not a functional necessity---but in this case, the "matching" Klipsch RP-600M costs more than the 3050i plus you'd need to buy a pair of stands for them, so you might as well get the 3050i:
The next dramatic upgrade for your system would be a good subwoofer. Best source in the EU is this UK-based company: