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I am a poor college student that loves watching DVDs so I have decided its time to upgrade my Pioneer HTIB. After looking at my budget I believe I have around $~2700.00 to play with give or take a few hundred. I would only like a system that consists of bookshelfs and a nice subwoofer, this is for size issues and easier use of placement.


I have definitly decided that my reciever of chioce will be a Pioneer Elite 45TX. So that leaves me with around $~1800.00 for a 7.1 setup. I dont like di/bi poles and would like to go all monpoles that are equally timbre matched. I am about 95% HT and 5% music. So I have decided on the following.

These are the possible speaker combos I have decided on.


1. Aperion INTIMUS 7.1 with 12inch Subwoofer (black) (~1800) (wish it had a dedicated center).


2. Acsend Acoustics 7.1 (new center and 6 matching 170s) and a HSU VTF-3 (~1900 plus extra shipping).


3. NHT SB3 fronts, 2x SB2 rears, SC2 center and SW10ii (local dealer) (~1900).


4. Rocket HT package #8 (rsc100 and 4 rs150) and extra pair of rs150 (ebony if poss.) paired with the new UFW-10 sub or a SVS 25-31PCi (~2000 plus extra shipping) (really favoring these).


5. Swan Diva C2, 6 Swan Diva 2.1 and a Swan Sub10se or SVS 25-31PCi (~2000.00 plus extra shipping).


So I guess I need some help. I am basically a virgin audio neophile. I have heard the NHT and a B&W set. I did love the imaging with the B&Ws ($~2400.00) but liked the sound produced by those NHT's. So I guess I am asking for a little help from a more experienced audio junkie. Thanks


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Hi Engen,

On the NHT front, I would recommend several things. Either go with 3 SB3s across the front and go for the SW12 (A delta of about +$100) or maybe 7 SB2s (if the dealer will split a box) and TWO SW10iis (A delta of about +$200) which is more matched and gives up a tad of deep bass for more dynamics and stereo bass placement. The ideal thing would be to do SB3s all the way around with an SW12 which would be a total delta of about +$500). NHT's biggest advantage for your use is that they are acoustic suspension designs and all will blend seamlessly with a subwoofer. If you liked the imaging of the B&Ws, and can swing a few more dollars, the NHT Evolution M5s have more detail and a bigger soundstage (and othe benefits) for only ~$300 more than the SB3/SC-2 combo and is WELL worth the extra money!!!
 

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Poor? My budget was less than $500 throughout college... couldn't afford much after 36k in books, tuition, living expenses, etc.
 

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I got a decent job that I put in 30 hours during nights. I try to pamper my self after putting a full day at college(day) and work(night). I guess one can consider this a reward but using your own money.


anyother input would be appreciated


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I have 5 CBM 170's and a VTF-2 in a 17x25 living room being driven by a Denon 3803, I am very happy with the sound but I listen to at least 50% music which is why I got the Ascend's. I don't think you will be dissapointed with the ascend setup you are looking at. But as in all speaker decisions everything is a tradeoff. Good Hunting...hopefully you won't be too tired from school and working to enjoy your new system.
 

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Gee, I guess I can reclaim the title of poor college student; I had some reservations about the title with my having any decent system at all. I only have a DLP projector with a HTIB with two JBL N26's and a AT PSC25 Center. I guess if you can spend that much on sound setup along (About $1000 les then my total setup) and call your self a poor college student-so can I!
 

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Any of those choices would be very nice. If Rockets are what you really want and you can afford them then make your dream come true. Otherwise you could get a pair of 150s, 170s, and Aperions and compare them for yourself and return the pairs you don't want to keep. I love my 170s and the imaging is great. I've only found two 150 v. 170 reviews on the net with one preferring Rockets and the other Ascend. I think the 150s extend down to the 40s while the 170s roll off in the low 70s. I think with the choices you've narrowed it down to no matter which you pick you'll be happy.
 
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