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Hey guys,


My wife and I are building a house and I am trying to plan the sound system for the living room. It needs to be minimal in nature for purposes of decorating, so I am keeping it to a stereo setup. I wanted to just go with in-wall Polk 265-LS's (I have Onix Reference 1's and I like the Vifa ring radiator tweeters), but my wife hates that idea because it could get in the way of artwork. The builder runs a tube behind the fireplace from the TV so that I can hook up my electronics on the side of the room, but my wife wants them to hide in a small side table so I think I have settled on a small Class D Bluetooth Amp, specifically this one:

Grace Digital GDI-BTAR502 Bluetooth Amplifier HD


I am trying to figure out what to pair it with. Apparently I can either get bookshelves or floorstanders, but my wife really doesn't want there to be a subwoofer as they are eyesores. So that makes me lean towards floorstanders. Then, though, when I look at what is available for bookshelves in the price range I am looking at (will go over $1000 but want to remain as close as possible to it), I get upset haha.


Any speaker I pick has to have high attractiveness. That means no black ash, just wood veneers or at least a good knockoff of a wood veneer. I specifically like speakers where I can leave the grilles off and there is wood on the front as well, rather than a black baffle.


As such, I have been looking at the Polk RTI A7's.

I was looking at the Wharfedale Diamond 9.6's as well but they seem to be discontinued and replaced with speakers with black baffles. ARGH!


Then I started looking... - oh, I could get Paradigm Studio 20's for $1600... Of course with no Sub they would be lacking, but they would certainly be more refined than the Polks. And, as a plus, they are absolutely beautiful.


One of my concerns is with a 40w at 8ohms Class D amp, am I going to run into issues with any of these speakers? It is going to be a very large open room, I don't need insane volumes but would like to get it decently loud. I suppose high sensitivity would be a plus.


The living room also has 18 foot ceilings so that is an acoustics factor. Here is the floorplan showing the 18 foot ceilings in the living room: http://www.coventry-homes.com/floorplan/the-omega/


Who can tell me what I should do?! Any suggestions for other speakers I should be looking at? Please help!
 

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So what is the overall cubic footage of your room?
 

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Good question. It is an open living room to the Kitchen and Dining Room, but those aren't open to above.


Living Room: 4368 (18 foot ceilings)


Kitchen: 2352 (9 foot)

Dining Room: 1008 (9 foot)


Total: 7728


Don't think the dining room really matters though as it is kind of around the corner. So maybe subtract a thousand.
 

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Yeah I am in Canada.


I might have the opportunity to buy my brother's Monitor Audio RS6's in Walnut off him at a solid price. What do you think about those?
 

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You may run into some problems with that Amp

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And you would have to have a very powerful subwoofer to support low bass frequencies. Even with a better amp, speakers are not going to do well for low bass in that space. Really need to fight the wife on that, assuming you can afford a powerful subwoofer.
 

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I'm curious.. Your building a new house and not accounting for Home Theater? I'm at a complete loss. Then your wife is dictating what you can and can not do. This is exactly what keeps me single. Also,it doesn't matter what speakers you get,you are going to miss out on the lower frequencies without a sub. I'm fortunate enough to have a GF that loves my stuff. In fact,she would probably design the house around it. I'd never date,let alone marry a woman that didn't appreciate Home Theater. I can understand if your going to screw the room up,but don't you have a basement you can use or another room,I mean is this woman dictating the whole house? I need a drink just thinking about it.
 

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Originally Posted by LowTech1  /t/1519953/building-new-house-limited-by-waf-what-to-get-help#post_24411964


I'm curious.. Your building a new house and not accounting for Home Theater?

Close off that gallery on your 2nd floor plan and turn it into a small home theater.

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I need a drink just thinking about it.

ROFL
 

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Lol,


Great and funny responses. My wife and I agree, it's not truly a battle. I really dislike black speakers as well, for example. The main system is already going upstairs in that gallery. We talked about closing it off but we are going to leave it open, ten years from now we will finish the basement to have a legitimate theatre room. I've attached a photo of my main setup, it has a sub.


This setup is for music and TV while making dinner, sitting in the living room or entertaining. Hence the 2 channels rather than more.



Anyone know of any really stylish subwoofers, or of any good ways to hide them?


I am leaning towards getting my brother's Monitor Audio RS6's in Walnut, but he also has a Rotel Amp, RA-1062. 60 WPC. It would be a lot harder to hide and doesn't have the bluetooth features, what do you guys think?

 

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I'd get the RS6's,they are very nice speakers and would look good in that room. You could also find a sub your wife would ok.. Women are under the impression that they are all ugly giant boxes which is absolutely untrue. You just need to show her stuff that looks nice.
 

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Anyone know of any really stylish subwoofers, or of any good ways to hide them?

It really depends on your budget. Funk Audio is known on the AVS subwoofer forum for awesome sounding subwoofers in a variety of finishes. I'm sure you could get them to leave it unfinished if you wanted to have a cabinet maker finish it differently.
 

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I'd get the RS6's,they are very nice speakers and would look good in that room.

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How about Ascend's Sierra 1 or 2? They have a variety of finishes to choose from and a straight Sierra 1 is under $1000.
 

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I am leaning towards getting my brother's Monitor Audio RS6's in Walnut, but he also has a Rotel Amp, RA-1062. 60 WPC. It would be a lot harder to hide and doesn't have the bluetooth features, what do you guys think?

RS6s are two generations ago now - the improved RX6 was clearance at $1100 a pair or so to make way for the new Silver Series line. So you should get a good discount on them. Canuck Audio Mart


Take the money you save and get a NAD D3020



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Ok I was looking online and I found the SB-1000 from SVS in the Piano White gloss, as well as a used Walnut Monitor Audio 12 incher. I am going to try to convince her to let me get a sub for the RS6's. Maybe if she wants symmetry I will get two...


By the way I won't let my brother charge me more than $600 for the speakers
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Why pay four times as much for the NAD amp with less power, again? I am having trouble figuring that one out. Wifi I guess, but see I am going to hook a Smart TV that can stream music up to the line in on the Grace Digital. As far as I know they make pretty decent products.
 

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Anyone know of any really stylish subwoofers, or of any good ways to hide them?

Bill Fitzmaurice's Table Tuba plans hide very well. Since I don't think a big square box integrates well in a living room, this is probably the direction I'm going in the house I'm planning.
 
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