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I am building a new theater room in my basement, the room is 12x19 with 8' ceilings. I plan on purchasing the Onkyo 605 receiver, seems like the best bang for the buck. Speakers, on the other hand, really are a tough choice. I really dont want to spend more than $1200 for the speakers. I have listened to the Def Tech pro 1000's and they sound nice to me, but have not had much luck finding anything else in this price range locally. I keep hearing good things about the PSB Alpha line. Should I settle on the Def Tech's or would I be foolish to not look at some other options before jumping.


I plan on using this setup 95% of the time for movies and TV, very little music.


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What should my criteria be? What makes a speaker a better value at the same price? I could likely listen to ten different setups and probably be happy with each. The Def Techs sounded good, not sure if the sub has the lows that I am looking for. I am the type that always wants to make sure that I am getting my moneys worth out of whatever I purchase...


Thanks for the links, I will do some additional reading...
 

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your criteria should be "what sounds good to you". Set a budget. Your Onkyo 605 is a good starting point and if you use the 1/3...2/3rd rule, that puts your speaker budget at $1,200 to $1,500. That will buy a good 5.1 speaker system from any of the on-line dealers and you will get maximum bang for the buck. If you need the hand-holding and advise of a local retailer, then that is a option also, but you will pay their mark-up for that service. Read, read, read, until your head swims. This forum has thousands of informative posts about speakers, most excellent, some pure B.S. Look for threads on each of the direct dealers mentioned and see what your fellow AVS folks have to say.
 

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Well, if I were you, I'd spend a lot of time reading other 'what speakers should I get' threads, there are many with budgetary requirements similar to yours. I'd also get out and audition anything I could within my price range. That is the only way to get the 'best' setup, as what speakers are 'best' is highly subjective.


Knowing what I do now and with that budget, I'd take a serious look at this setup:
http://www.svsound.com/products-spks-sbs01.cfm the 5.0 setup sells for 600, leaving you with another 600 for a sub. For 600, I'd be looking at these as candidates:

http://www.svsound.com/products-sub-cyl-pcpow2.cfm
http://www.svsound.com/products-sub-box-pb12nsd.cfm
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-3-mk3.html (over budget by 100)
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-2-mk3.html
http://www.epiksubwoofers.com/KnightOverview.html (there might be a wait for this)
http://www.edesignaudio.com/edv2/pro...roducts_id=618 (I know there's a wait for this one)


Here's a kit subwoofer you assemble (takes about an hour): http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=300-742


The kit probably won't go quite as low and loud as the others (though it should still give plenty of bass in your room), but it has a very significant advantage in that the amp has a built in parametric EQ, which is very useful in eliminating or greatly reducing a peak in bass response. Room peaks are the main reason why bass sounds 'boomy' or 'bloated' in most rooms, and yes, your room will have a large peak in the bass response, it's a rare room that does not. These peaks can be as much as 16-20 db higher than other freqencies. Eliminating this peak will really clean up the sound, bass becomes clean and tight, and will actually help improve stereo imaging.
 

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This is so weird. I registered today to ask the very same questions!
I am also going to get the sr-605 and have been looking for some speakers to complement it. Looks like there are a lot of good suggestions and i would like to see that the OP picks. Send feedback!
 

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Im really starting to like the looks of the http://www.edesignaudio.com/edv2/

system. Thinking of going with the 6T6 towers and the 6T6 MTM center along with the 5TC bookshelves for the rear untis... So far, Im leaning this direction. Am I missing anything obvious?
 

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Here is a quick and dirty layout of my new room, after some measuring Im not sure that the towers will fit if I use a 100" screen. Now I have to decide if I should drop the screen size down to 92" or go with the bookshelves... It's always something.

 

Basement.pdf 11.837890625k . file
 

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have you had a chance to read thru the "eD" owners thread ?
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=924325


these guys are the "true believers" who are really happy with their choice to take a chance on a relatively new company.


Look at some of the pictures, eD speakers are not dainty little things, they do require some space, but folks seem to be very pleased with their choice


From your sketch, I not sure the towers would take up any more room than the "large bookshelf" speakers on stands.
 

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Don't rule out the KEF speaker lines. iQ's


iQ5's or iQ7's in the front, iQ6c center and some iQ3's in the back..
beautiful sound!


PM me if you need a link, found a great US site with amazing prices.
 

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Well i have to say I'm leaning toward the ed A6 - 6T6 speakers with a A3 - 300 sub.


I am going to start out with 5.1 to save space and when i move i think i will pick up the 6T6 towers.
 
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