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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.

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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: http://magazine.playbackmag.net/playback/200802/?u1=texterity

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.

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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.

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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.

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Thanks
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?

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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.

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???
by BigJoe1220 / January 30, 2009 6:30 AM PST

any other ideas or speakers?

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