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Room size: small 10'x14' (rented, will move out in 6 months to a bigger place-but in all probability, I would never have a dedicated HT Room- dont think can afford that in SF for the next few years! :( - this system would always be in my living room)


Listening habit: movies (70%), Music(30%)


Budget $1000-$1500


This would be my first HT system - so have limited knowledge: My heart says NOT to get a HTIB, but I am not so sure. Would a HT system work well in a room as small as mine? Also, Given room size, I should probably go with 5.1, correct?


In music, I appreciate clean vocals. Also I want a system that delivers clean pristine sound rather than one that shakes the house. Thats a personal preference. However, when watching movies, I would like to have those sound effects shake me up(I am a movie buff :cool: ). Essentially I dont want to overpay for power.


a. What is the ratio of $ amount for receiver to speakers to woofer I should be looking at?


b. Is the following order correct: nice center and fronts, receiver, sub and finally surround. (I have an unopened box of KLH speakers sitting - I dont know what overtook me when I bid it on ebay - maybe I can use these for surround for a few months and put those couple of hundreds on center and front?)


I would appreciate a few pointers on where to get started - like a short list of receivers and front speakers I should be looking at. I can then read up the forum reviews and comparision on these, test it out at a B&M. I have spent the whole working day reading thru the forum, and I am beginning to understand a few things, but at the same time totally lost too :confused:
 

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juststarted,


a fellow 'city' dweller, eh? I hear ya about the space issue...


Anyhoo.


for your interests, budget, and space, I'd almost recommend you start with a 3.1 system with a wee bit nicer components and then graduate into a 5.1 (or more) setup when your space and/or budget allow. When I first started i got everything at once and a year later, made a complete (and expensive) overhaul - you mileage may very, however.


Now again, I'm going thru my stuff and upgrading. Just got an amp, so now it's speakers that can actually take advantage of it.


I'm sure others will chime in and give recommendations. Ascend, axiom, onix, hsu, svs, and other internet companies have great offerings and can definitely fit into your budget and tastes.


good luck.


pm me if you want to contact me and chat or whatever!
 
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