If Money was no object...

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  1. Rallo

    Rallo Auditioning

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    If money was no object...what speaker system would people go with for a dedicated HT room with the dimensions of 18x15?
     
  2. SethH

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    If money were no object, I would be tempted to go with the Theater Wall by Aerial Acoustics. Certainly not the most expensive thing out there, but very good setup in a turn-key solution. FYI -- my understanding is that the guy behind Aerial Acoustics was formerly a speaker designer for B&W.
     
  3. AlanZ

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    I'd need a much larger room to make it work, but if money was no object I'd go with either Magnepan 20.1s or DeVore Fidelity Silverbacks all around with an Oasis monoblock for each channel [​IMG]
     
  4. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    IMO that size of room doesn't need more than a 5.1 system, so:

    Four of these, one of these and this.

    (Very) detailed Project Array press release.

    JBL has been building commercial theater systems for decades, so I figure they know more about them than many other companies.
     
  5. willyTass

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    How bout Focal Lab Utopia?
     
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    JeremyErwin Producer

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    A 15" subwoofer with a -3db limit of 25 Hz? Odd.

    If money was no object, I would audition as many speakers as possible...
     
  9. JeremyErwin

    JeremyErwin Producer

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    I've seen these threads before, and eventually someone mentions getting 5 Wilson Alexandria-X2 or something equally outrageous.

    The Wilson Alexandria-X2 is similar to a high-end ferrari. (I was going to say it's the Ferrari Enzo of Speakers, but IIRC, Wilson makes a even higher end pair.) It's outrageously expensive. There's a wait list. Only a few are made. It may just be overrated.

    To add to the problem-- certain features of the speaker (professional setup with room analysis, matched electronic components) that add a great deal to its desirability and price, are geared towards stereo listening, and are less effective in home theaters.

    Make sure that the room is noise free. Why should your home theater have to compete with the hum of an air conditioner, or the rumbling of a nearby truck?
     
  10. NickSI

    NickSI Stunt Coordinator

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    if money was no object i would buy an IMAX theater.
     
  11. SethH

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    That's a good point. I guess if money was truly no object, I would simply buy every speaker manufacturer I came across and have them all working for me. If none of their speakers pleased me, I would get the best engineers from each and have them make me some new speakers [​IMG]
     
  12. NickSI

    NickSI Stunt Coordinator

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    HA now we're gettting ridiculous. but i saw V for Vendetta in IMAX and wow. it was ridiculous, the ammount of bass was amazing. hehehe its kind of addicting
     
  13. RichardH

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    Surely it's overkill, but 5 of these:
    http://www.adam-audio.com/studio/mainfield/s6a_data.htm

    fed by a Lexicon MC-12B?

    And eight PB12-Ultras in 12 Hz tune for the LFE.

    Don't like ADAM pro monitors? How about five B&W 800D ? Or 3 across the front and an array of SCMS for surround.

    Obviously the room would be professionally treated by a top acoustician.
     
  14. NickSI

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    ok back to reality for a second. you should check out JBL's Synthesis website you might be interested in HT setup. JBL puts the most speakers in professional theaters.
     
  15. Arthur S

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    Given the OP's modest sized room, I would probably follow in the foot steps of Tom Nousaine. 5 (or 7) idential self powered mains, (with something like a Lexicon MC-12), and either in an In Basement sub, or a couple of SVS PB-12/Ultras.

    Let's not forget the OP's room dimentions of 15X18. We need to think small so he has room for that Front Projector.
    Then again, using the new, totally transparent version of the Magnepan 20.1 would probably work [​IMG].
     
  16. alanR

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    A top of the line wilson speaker system.....OMG
     
  17. SethH

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    Yeah, on a more serious note, you might consider some of the high-end offerings from Genelec. They are relatively small speakers, but sound incredible. They are very frequently used in recording studios.
     
  18. JeremyErwin

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    I've read interesting things about arrays of bag end subwoofers...
    source
     
  19. Arthur S

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    Jeremy

    For 20K and an entire room, that would be a great idea. Or for about 2K, and a 2.5 foot X 4 foot package, you can get flat response to 12Hz with a pair of Hsu VTF-3HO's plus turbos.

    Check out the FR graph (WITH TURBO) at the bottom of the page:

    http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...06-part-4.html
     
  20. JeremyErwin

    JeremyErwin Producer

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    nice...

    Money? where does money come into this? [​IMG] It's no object, remember?

    Pick the subwoofer that is best for the room, regardless of price. It may be expensive. It may be affordable (like the hsu). But in our little scenario, that's a piddling detail.
     

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