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What Is The Best Home Theater Speakers For Buck?

Postby Baldhere » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:22 pm

I want to set up a home theater in my basement, I want to go high end with out paying to much.
Instead of getting a projector I am getting a Lcd/Led tv.
I have looked a countless brands of speakers and do not know which one will give out the best sound for my buck.
There is a lot of good brands out there like, B&W, klipsch, Mcintosh, Paradim, Wilson Audio, Atlantic Tech and countless others but I want to find the ultimate speakers for my budget.
I am willing to spend around $2,000-3,500 but really want to stay around the $2,000 mark.
I want to have crisp, clear sound that is loud and that gives you that movie theater experience.
Also is there any diffrence in sound, good or bad between floor standing speakers and smaller speakers on stands? When choosing speakers should I go with 5.1 or 7.1 and what is better?
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Postby Gabrio » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:38 am

I could write a 10,000 word answer to this question because so much ground needs to be covered.

First, I'd ditch the LCD/LED TV. You can get a 65 inch plasma usually for less than a top end LCD/LED 55 inch. LCD TVs are nice, but that's a common man TV, videophiles are usually plasma types for a reason. Plasma is just better for movies. Get a 2010 Panasonic plasma http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-elect...

You gave a speaker budget, but never mentioned how much you have for a receiver or if you have one already. You can go out and get the coolest speakers in the world. but you need a fine A/V receiver to drive them. My advice is to go used, get a high end one that's from a year or two ago (or more) and get a deal.

Speakers, yes there are tons of great brands out there, but you'll find out that if you go Dynaudio, B&W, etc you'll burn up your budget really fast and maybe before you buy everything you need, even if you go used. I started building my SS system back in 2000. I kept changing my mind, and finishing the system and then selling all the gear and trying something else. I finally settled on Dynaudio, it cost a pretty penny even though I went used.

Not finding the sub I wanted, that's when I discovered speakers sold over the internet, made by companies that would cut out the middle man and get you a better speaker for the dollar vs the big chains or even the high end audio places, or what's left of them.

I found two big ones, http://www.aperionaudio.com/home.aspx look around, you can get something kick butt for 1.5 to 2k and it's good stuff, well reviewed, good return try out policy. I ended up going with SVS for my sub, they are the only company at the time that had a serious sub in white. Seems like they dropped the white option though http://www.svsound.com/

I got the bottom of the line, the cheapest 10 inch sub. That was in 2007 I think. It was 449 but they were blowing out the white ones for 399 so I took a chance on it. It's huge, not a little dinky sub like from bestbuy. It is stunning, reaches down low, it can do a true 20hz, low enough that with certain material, it is felt, not heard. That's when I realized I could have built a nice SVS system. My Dynaudio speakers rock, I won't ever sell them, but they aren't cheap.

HSU makes subs and stuff too, but I never cared for the look of them. http://www.axiomaudio.com/products.html is also very respected in the audiophile community, I've never owned their gear though, but I they always come up as a bang for the buck kind of speaker. Anyway, these kinds of speakers have the advantage over the other brands used because you can actually take them for a spin and if you don't like them, you can get a refund and send them back.

If I had a basement theater, I'd save some bucks and just buy a 7.1 system from SVS they are made up of some good books shelf speakers together with a nice sub and be done with it about 1500 bucks. They don't have that fancy brand name or spacey looks, but they deliver the sound.

Here's my system I took this in late 2007 or early 2008. Dynaudio with a SVS 10 inch sub. http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee146/sslabs/Alpha%20for%20links/Dynaudiosurround.jpg
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Postby Chaniel » Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:38 pm

If you want to go high end then you have to raise you budget higher. Recommend you go online to Home Theater Magazine and read the reviews on speakers. With the budget you have you are looking at the entry level. DCM Cinema 2 $500, HSU Research HB-1 $1,124, PSB Alpha B1 $1,336, Mordaunt-short Alumni $1,470 and JBL Es20 $1,746. Midrange, JBL Control Now $2,034, Paradigm Reference Studio 20 v.4 $2,495, Boston Acoustics VS 240 $3,700, Acoustic Energy Radiance 1 $4,200, Definitive Technology Mythos STS Super Tower $4,355, Infinity Classia C336 $4,494, PSB G-Design $4,696, PSB Imagine T $4,749 and Dynaudio Focus 110 $4,750. High end, Sonus faber toy/rel T1 $6,044, Usher Be-718 $6,988, Altic Technology 8200 $7,530, Thiel SCS4 $8,350, PSB Synchrony one $10,700, Paradigm Reference Signature S8 $15,195, Pioneer S-2EX $17,500 and Revel Ultima 2 Salon 2 $45,993. B&W 801 series for 7.1 will run you around $35,000, Mcintosh allot higher Martin Logan Statement around $100,000, and can only be purchased at the high end store.

Hope this will help you out.
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Postby Iddig » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:09 pm

First its important to understand that there is a "big difference" in the design and sound of surround sound speakers verses music or hi end speakers. Surround sound speakers are designed completely differently in that they are designed to give you a more direct sound as to be more directional and have less interaction with the rooms acoustics. They want the speakers to be directional also because surround systems utilize several speakers so they want the sounds to be localized so you can more pin point were the effect is coming from. Also most surround speakers are designed to handle a more limited frequency range as to allow higher playback volumes for dynamic effects, and also the .1 channel (in a 5.1, 7.1 etc. system) subwoofer channel is to supplement the lack of lower frequency?s the mains speakers are designed not to reproduce.

The attention in musical reproduction is not the priority for home theater speakers but rather handle the dynamic effects for movies.

Hi End speakers on the other hand are designed to do just the opposite. First they are designed to handle a wider frequency range and not be directional but rather try to be more open sounding as to give you a bigger soundstage or image. This though in turn will mean the Hi-End speakers will have a bigger effect on the acoustics of the room, requiring careful placement.

You can use hi-end audio speakers for home theater systems which I personally recommend, as it?s a much better choice, as it plays music better, and gives a more realistic soundstage or image for movies as well.

I always suggest to my clients not to buy home theater speakers but rather music or hi-end speakers as this will give you the best of both worlds. A little more careful placement is required but is well worth the effort.

Good brands for music and surround: Vandersteen, Aerial Acoustic, Dali, Magnepan, Martin Logan

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Postby Filippo » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:18 am

You don't give a budget so I will just give some general thoughts. Paradigm, Boston Acoustics, PSB, Energy, Klipsch, and BIC are all good economical brands. Depending on your budget again I would recommend a Denon receiver, unless these exceed your budget. Sherwood makes some good receivers for the budget conscious. Bose speakers are considerably lower in quality than any of the other brands I mentioned. and is thought by audiophiles to be one of the worst values in speakers. I sold them for over 10 years and found that customers always preferred the sound of other brands if they just bothered to do comparison listening. If the speaker brands I recommended exceed your budget and you are just looking for a better home theater in a box system you may consider one of the ones made by Onkyo.
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Postby Gille » Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:32 pm

7.1 is better because it means more speakers then 5.1, i dont think you need to spend thousands of dollars to get movie theater sound
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Postby Miki » Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:59 pm

You can go with pretty much any decent brand and be happy, but if you're spending thousands of dollars I would strongly urge you to audition speakers yourself.

Bang for the buck is subjective, but in my opinion Polk Audio's Monitor series fits the bill.
They aren't the best speakers ever made, but high-end a/v gear really illustrates the Law of Diminishing Return.

IMO 5.1 is better because there are very few movies with a 7.1 track.
Sure, with 7.1 you can still play 5.1 audio, but considering how much the extra two speakers will cost you I don't think it's cost-effective to go with a 7.1 setup.

If you want bang for your buck you shouldn't be buying LED, you should be getting a plasma TV.
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Postby eysteinn » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:32 pm

If I had that kind of money to spend on speakers I would get a set of Aperion Intimus 4T or 5T home theater speakers depending on room size.. if you have the room and the option for set up go with 7.1, you can always scale down on DVD's that sound better in 5.1 but most will sound better in 7.1 and also as time goes by more and more blu rays will be release in 7.1 so you are looking to the future also.
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Postby Deems » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:15 am

a good moderately priced speaker is jbl, my entire system is jbl and i'm still using my jbl L36's that i bought in 1976, they are now my rears although they have been re-coned twice
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