First timer for purchase 5.1 speaker choices, which is best overall?

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  1. xkaijinx

    xkaijinx Auditioning

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    What speakers to get? With the nice 1713 Denon AVR in 5.1 setup? Using from Blu-ray, gaming, streaming music/netflix/hulu/pandora. I made some options below, so many choices would love some help from you guys. Priced from highest to least. Denon 1713: http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-1713-Networking-Receiver-Outputs/dp/B007R8U5W6/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Option 1: DIY Parts: ($583) + AVR = $1033 Total 4 Speakers: Infinity Primus P143 Bookshelf Speakers ($236.00 total) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044D3R7M/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AKR88PAWTQVN2 Center Channel Speaker: Infinity Primus PC251 Two-way dual ($149) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046A8R5A/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AED492BX4II6G Subwoofer: BIC America F12 $198.34 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015A8Y5M/ref=gno_cart_title_1 Option 2: Pioneer SP-PK52FS Andrew Jones Designed 5.1 Package (549.99) + AVR = $1000 Total Option 3: DIY Parts: ($495) + AVR = $944.98 Total 4 Speakers: BIC America DV62si Bookshelf Speakers ($229.00 total) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006JPDI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=AED492BX4II6G Center Channel Speaker: BIC America DV-52CLRB $66.87 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009WBYJ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&smid=AQNACJEM8PUJ1 Subwoofer: BIC America F12 $198.34 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015A8Y5M/ref=gno_cart_title_1 Option 4: Energy 5.1 Take Classic ($399) + AVR = $850 Total http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358212655&sr=1-1&keywords=energy+5.1
     
  2. schan1269

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    Whichever one you are comfortable spending the money on.
     
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    I like the larger Primus 153 and 163 for fronts. Frys has had them on sale (in-store only) for about $115 and $105 a pair. The Primus series has a softer, warmer sound that I prefer for music. The Andrew Jones speakers are very popular but are a little low in sensitivity so you will have to push your receiver a little harder to drive them. The Pioneer subwoofer isn't up to the quality of the speakers, or the BIC sub. If you decide on the Pioneer speakers sell the sub and get the BIC. I have no experience with BIC speakers but if they represent the same value/performance as the BIC V1220 and F-12 subs they're worth a look. The Energy Take Classic is also a popular system but more of a casual "I just want something better than the tv's speakers" surround sound system. It's very good in a smaller room or for casual HT duty but the drivers are just too small for good music reproduction. The subwoofer is on par with the rest of the system. There's several retailers selling the 5 speakers new Amazon without the subwoofer for $160-$200. Add a better sub. If you have a Frys near you they're running a sale on the older Polk RTi6's ($199/pr), RTi4's ($129/pr) and CSi6 ($200) and CSi3 ($99). Excellnt for HT. You should also consider those if you can,
     

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