TVs & Home Theaters forum

General discussion

What speakers for home theater?

by BigJoe1220 / January 29, 2009 3:23 AM PST

I am setting up a new home theater in my basement. It is a fairly large room, hexagonal is shape, and about 30 feet from front to back and 25 feet from left to right at its widest point.

It is going to be a 7 speaker setup. I don't know what speakers to get. My budget is roughly $1,000; point me in the right direction. It will most likely be powered by an Onkyo 606 (will take suggestions for receiver too).

Right now I have an Infinity TSS-800 in my bedroom, which I like.

I was looking at trying to get the Bose cube speaker set at Circuit City, if the price was low enough.

Remember $1,000 budget and open to all suggestions.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: What speakers for home theater?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: What speakers for home theater?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
The Onkyo 606 will do just fine. It's a popular choice.
by NM_Bill / January 30, 2009 1:06 AM PST

You need to commit some time & effort into your speaker selection.

Yes, my local, now liquidating Circuit City just increased the percentage markdowns a notch. Sure, take a look there. I was there yesterday & the speakers they had on the floor did not impress me.

Also look beyond CC & Best Buy to seek out local independent A/V dealers. That gets into more & probably better brands.

The Bose cubes is not a preferred choice among most posters here. From experience I know of several who enjoyed the Bose but have had reliability problems.

To get some updating about speakers the Feb 2008 free online issue of Playback has an article listing a core of better choices of bookshelf speakers under $1000. Check it out at:

There are literally over a couple hundred speaker brands. The above concise list is about as good as any.

Remember, the reason here is for you to enjoy for many years.

Collapse -
Klipsch - Synergy Series Quintet III 5-Piece
by mamontano / January 30, 2009 1:39 AM PST

Their on sale right now at best buy for $350.00.
Normally $500.00. Leaves you $650.00 for fronts
and sub which will be tough. I'm just a klipsch
fan. I also own cerwin vega's but don't see them
around anymore. I think i paid around $600.00 for
7 cerwin vega speakers a few years back when bb
carried them. I like the fact that the bookshelf/surrounds
would go down to 60 hz's. I mounted them to the ceiling
in the back corners and middle corners and having that
extra bass overhead is awesome besides the sub on the
floor. Just my .02 cents worth.

Collapse -
Thanks to you too
by BigJoe1220 / January 30, 2009 6:29 AM PST

That isn't a bad idead. I might look at a bunch of complete systems and spend the rest on the fronts.

Collapse -
by BigJoe1220 / January 30, 2009 6:28 AM PST

Those look like really good speakers. (some would definitely blow my budget) I'll take a more in depth look over the next few days, but are there any in particular that you would reccomend?

Collapse -
They are a fine group. Check to see what is available in
by NM_Bill / January 30, 2009 9:05 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

your area. Then go hear them with a CD or two that you are intimately familiar with & which have significant vocals. Rock 'n roll is usually a bad choice - they are mixed in bizarre ways. Vocals are mid range frequency but surprisingly difficult to reproduce. Trust your instincts. If you think you just heard distortion, you did.

Take simple notes as confusion comes very easily.

I hesitate to label any speakers as better as your ears are unique. Of the group I presently have Paradigm & B&W (Bowers & Wilkins.) I have had Polk in the past.

I know several friends with PSB & the classic JBL brand. I also have heard NHT sound very good at the price. I have heard some of the others over extended time. No such thing as one magic bullet.

Collapse -
by BigJoe1220 / January 30, 2009 6:30 AM PST

any other ideas or speakers?

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!