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Ok the speakers are for a 11x12 bedroom with an 8 foot ceiling. My current setup is Definitive BP8060 towers, Definitive 8060 center, Definitive Supercube ii subwoofer, Definitive 8040 surrounds with a pioneer SC-35 receiver. I am giving all of my speakers to my brother for his new house. So I will be purchasing new speakers for the room but I have very little "audio" knowledge. I bought my current setup based off good reviews but I always felt like the room was too small for those types of speakers. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I was thinking of getting some Klipsch towers. Do you think it would be better to just get a smaller system like the DefTech Pro cinema 600.
 

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While a budget would be nice, I think you need to go out and listen to some speakers. Take your time, bring your favorite music and enjoy the auditions.
 

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Ok the speakers are for a 11x12 bedroom with an 8 foot ceiling. My current setup is Definitive BP8060 towers, Definitive 8060 center, Definitive Supercube ii subwoofer, Definitive 8040 surrounds with a pioneer SC-35 receiver. I am giving all of my speakers to my brother for his new house. So I will be purchasing new speakers for the room but I have very little "audio" knowledge. I bought my current setup based off good reviews but I always felt like the room was too small for those types of speakers. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I was thinking of getting some Klipsch towers. Do you think it would be better to just get a smaller system like the DefTech Pro cinema 600.
Well I am a HUGE Definitive Technology fan so I would suggest this not knowing your budget. I would either get 5 Studio Monitor 65's all the way around, or 3 SM65's for Mains and Center with two SM55's for surround. I recently bought SM55's for surrounds and they are great, great speakers. Incredibly detailed speakers. The 65's are even better. As for sub you could go with a Def Tech sub, but SVS seems to be the choice around here for deep bass at a better price. Good luck in your search.
 

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While a budget would be nice, I think you need to go out and listen to some speakers. Take your time, bring your favorite music and enjoy the auditions.
Budget is about $2000. I already have a receiver. I just want to get the best speakers for the room. My previous setup was almost $5000 for the speakers alone. I felt like because its a small room it was a waste.
 

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For such a small room, I would go with good bookshelf speakers. Zieglj01's speaker recommendation is excellent (the 530s were high on my list to audition). The Hsu sub would be a significant improvement over the Def Tech sub. In a room just over 1,000 cu. ft., you might also consider the following subs (check their specs, sizes, weights and warranties):

SVS SB-1000 12-inch sealed design @ $500 ($600 for piano black/white): http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/sealed-box/sb-1000 Free shipping both ways
SBS PB-1000 10-inch ported design @ $500: http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/ported-box/pb-1000 Free shipping both ways

Outlaw Audio Ultra-X12 12-inch ported design @ $639: http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/ultra.html Free one-way shipping for a limited time

Rythmik Audio LV12R 12-inch ported design @ $569: http://www.rythmikaudio.com/LV12R.html Free one-way shipping

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You should get out and audition as many speakers as you can. No one but you can determine what you like in a speaker. For other speaker recommendations, you might want to consider the following:

$318 / pair to $378 / pair ($50 shipping) Hsu HB-1 Mk2 bookshelf speaker: http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hb-1.html For your front and rears

$249 to $289 each ($30 shipping) Hsu HC-1 Mk 2 center channel: http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hc-1.html

Note: 3 spkr pkg deal = $519 to $619 ($80 shipping) I've auditioned these and was nicely surprised by their sound, especially since I'm sensitive to horn speakers. Also, check on their 5 spkr pkg deal.

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$298 / pair ($32 shipping) Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE bookshelf speaker: http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/cbm170/cbm170.html For your rear channel

$498 / pair ($40 shipping) Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SE bookshelf speaker: http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/cmt340m/cmt340m.html For your front and center channel (add $298 plus $20 shipping for the third CMT-340 SE for your center).

Also check out the Sierra 1s. All the above are very highly regarded around here (I haven't auditioned them).

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For a high-quality speaker at a surprising low price / performance ratio (in case you'd like to put money in your pocket or go for dual subs or a bigger sub), this is my go-to speaker (I own these and they are in a room over 3 times your volume). I did prefer them over the Def Tech SM-45, -55 and -65 (you might want to audition the SMs -- I almost bought the SM-55 and felt they were better balanced than their more expensive SM-65), the ML Motion 2 and 4, a B&W (don't remember the model, but they were around $600/pair) and the Hsu HB-1 Mk2.

EMP Tek / RBH Sound $225 / pair (includes shipping -- formally named E5Bi): http://emptek.com/r5bi.php Buy 5 for $562.50 (and yes, these work very well as a center channel, even on its side)
Andrew Robinson review: http://hometheaterreview.com/emp-tek-e5bi-bookshelf-speaker-reviewed/
My review: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/dbtreview.php?do=view_review&id=4850&ri=review

Most importantly, have fun when auditioning speakers. I'd never buy anything I cannot audition, either at a store or at home, so take these recommendations as they were meant ... recommendations.
 

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Need some help with side ceiling mount surround sound speakers... Have yamaha aventage rx-a1040, klipsch quintet 5th generation and dynamo 1000...room size 20x13...so much out there, any suggestions... 500 to 700$ a pair... 8ft ceiling..
 
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