Of all those choices I'd lean towards Chane to be honest.This is more of a fun, general thread to get people's input on perspective value across a range of options to help me evaluate some paths
I've been bouncing around a lot for different speaker options, and I enjoy finding good used quality to maximize my experience - fortunately, there are a lot of great options out there! Will be setting up a dedicated theater room for mostly HT (mix of TV, Netflix, BluRay), and I've gotten the typical analysis paralysis. My biggest concerns are whether I will have appreciation for spending more money on a system if I haven't yet experienced something cheaper, and trying to get feedback on forums/reviews is hell to decode, but there are really highly regarded used options out there that make me want to buy up even initially vs starting in a spot that I will eventually move on from anyway. I want something that I can enjoy, and I don't have the highly tuned ears of an audiophile and won't be spending much time listening to 2-channel music and comparing the imaging of one set vs another. Area of focus, if any, is going to be on really strong dialog reproduction (have a SO that struggles with that, and that will make her happy)
Room: 24'x17'x8', carpeted
Source: Yamaha 2085
Setup: will be a 5.x.4, maybe 7.x.2.
Subwoofers: TBD but will be one or two quality sealed subs. Not included in the budget ranges described
Atmos/in-ceiling: will probably end up getting something quality but not necessarily matched to the LCR since I realize those may change (and that the Atmos speakers need less timbre matching than the LCR)
Less than $1k
Chane 5.4/2.4/1.4 5-channel surround available for less than $1k
Emotiva Airmotiv T1/C1/E1 5-channel surround available for $700 - (this has been my choice for a week, but work travel and hurricane prep in Florida has put a damper on it, and made me think I should ask the forum)
DefTech 9060s, CS9060, SuperCube2000 and Atmos add-ons (which I would sell and buy surrounds - going to go in ceiling regardless) for $2k
GoldenEar Triton 7s (4 total) and center channel X for about $2000
GoldenEar Triton 3+, center channel XL for about $2000 (would need rears, about $300 for sat3's)
Closer to $3-3.5k
Revel F208s for $2k and would then need a center and surrounds, which would be another easy $1k - this stood out because of how vaunted the Revel's are
Martin Logan 60XT and 30XT for $2400, would be able to get surrounds for $300
Also a set of Focal Aria 948's for around $2500, but the center and surrounds in the Aria line would be expensive, and seems like the Revel's are considered better.
If music were a big part of the equation stepping up to Revel would be worth it.
I'm a sealed subwoofer fan myself so here are solid choices under $650 each, getting two would be ideal. And for in ceiling Atmos Polk in ceilings would do just fine.
5 years 500watts =13w16h17d= 50 lbs 10" [20hz] $500 MONOPRICE MONOLITH MTS10 THX
3 years 300watts =14w14h16d= 58 lbs* 12" [18hz] $539 RHYTHMIK L12
5 years 500watts =14w15h17d= 35 lbs 12" [19hz] $649 SVS SB2000 outlet, (extension from Sound & Vision)
* = shipping weight
These are a bit more money.
2 years 600watts =18w18h18d= 65 lbs 12" [20hz] $857 HSU ULS15, (extension from Audioholics review)
5 years 500watts =15w20h21d= 62 lbs 12" [20hz] $880 MONOPRICE MONOLITH MTS12 THX
3 years 600watts =14w28h16d= 98 lbs* 2 X 12" [18hz] $899 RHYTHMIK L22