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Originally Posted by WarpSpeed2013
$500 or less per speaker
The listening position is about 8 feet away, but could be up to 11 feet away if I were to ever rearrange the room in the future.
I plan to use a subwoofer, ideally crossing over at 60-80 Hz, so they do not need to be full range towers. Vocal clarity is really important. I appreciate good mid-bass for music, but I would not want to sacrifice mid-or-high frequency detail.
- I was avoiding bookshelf speakers with single 5.25-inch woofers. I had gotten some feedback that a single 5.25-inch woofer might struggle a bit with home theater when pushing the volume, at least in this price range. Is this a good idea or are there some single 5.25-inch speakers I should consider?
- I really like the look of the NHT C3, but I read some reviews that the sensitivity was on the low side when measured in the real world. At what point should I consider a speaker sensitivity to be too low?
- The Revel M16 looks great, but the matching center seems like it would need to be crossed over higher than 80 Hz, which I assume could lead to some subwoofer localization.
- How important is the upper frequencies above 20 kHz? I see some speakers advertise going into the mid 30 kHz range while others cut off at 20 kHz.
Just get 3 dual-woofer bookshelves, these are around $300 apiece, shipped...the first 2 are a frequent choice around here and enjoy uniformly glowing user feedback. The Chane would have a slight WAF advantage due to the slimmer cabinets...am using one as a center and it's excellent.
- Ascend 340SE (highest sensitivity, 6.5" woofers)
- Chane A2.4 (5.25" woofers)
- Hsu HC-1 (currently on sale, 6.5" woofers)
~ Are you a "geek hobbyist" obsessed with squeezing out that last 5-10% improvement? The economy will thank you...especially the Chinese one. Or are you more of a get-set-and-forget "casual user" who simply wants to increase your enjoyment of movies, TV and gaming? Relax, HT isn't rocket science, nor does it have to cost an arm and a leg---especially if you ignore the aforementioned vocal minority. And remember to smile...it's just a silly hobby, after all. :)