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#1 of 22 notanaudiophile

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Posted September 21 2013 - 05:53 PM

Hello to all. New to the scene, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am currently building a new surround system. Tossing the old theatre in a box and committing to something a little higher in quality. Starting with an Onkyo TX-NR717 7.2 receiver. Having a hard time on speaker decision. London drugs is pushing Tannoy bookshelf dual concentrics, Visions likes Soundstage. After reading 10,000 different reviews, I find myself torn. Help!

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Posted September 21 2013 - 06:06 PM

A budget, and where you are, would help.

Speakers are the hardest part of any theatre, but if done correctly, the only speakers you'll have for the next 25+ year's.

Any requirements?
Floor standers?
Have to wall hang?

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#3 of 22 notanaudiophile

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Posted September 21 2013 - 06:47 PM

Budget around $1500 all in(wire connectors etc).
In Canada
Requirements: able to handle a wide range of music(rock, metal,hip hop, rap, pop, etc) handle movie sound while delivering clear vocals while actors are talking( seem to consistently have a hard time hearing conversations and find myself adjusting volume up and down between action scenes and slower scenes) I'm guessing a good centre speaker should quell that issue.
I'm leaning towards floor towers( as I understand it, they're better for music than the book shelf's).
Thanks in advance,
Mike

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Posted September 21 2013 - 07:00 PM

$1500 Canadian is a bit light on the budget, but...

 

Not sure what "connectors" you think you need, but unless you plan on disconnecting the system once a week, all you need is wire.

 

Pure Acoustics is a good budget brand, so is Fluance. The Fluance SX has a review here(I think the SX anyway).

 

Kijiji is a great place to find used stuff, which I would start used to maximize your budget. Then your choice becomes simpler. Mainly from you can't buy something that isn't for sale.



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Posted September 21 2013 - 07:02 PM

Don't know where you are, but if these are close...you'd be an idiot not to snap them up. Mission is relatively easy to find(in the US at least) so completing your 5.0 portion would be easy.

 

http://toronto.en.cr...3994612899.html



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Posted September 21 2013 - 07:05 PM

If you haven't bought your 717 yet...(and you live close)

 

http://buffalo.craig...4024812700.html



#7 of 22 notanaudiophile

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Posted September 21 2013 - 07:07 PM

What's your take on Tannoy?

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Posted September 21 2013 - 07:08 PM

Already have the receiver.

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Posted September 21 2013 - 07:09 PM

Another no brainer...

 

http://toronto.en.cr...4073239907.html



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Posted September 21 2013 - 07:10 PM

What's your take on Tannoy?

Which ones?

 

They are like KEF. They make "just better than garbage" through 2nd mortgage.

 

Here is their website. Which dart throw am I looking at?

 

http://tannoy.com/Re...Jfc6IBYiDB5TQ==



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Posted September 21 2013 - 07:18 PM

By the way, if you Pony Up for a pair of Tannoy Prestige...they'll probably be in your family for 100 years.



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Posted September 21 2013 - 07:22 PM

The Saturn LCR's were recommended for my front left, right and centre. And the Mercury V1's for rears with a TS2 10" sub. Retail $2048.95, but the salesman 'helped me out' and brought it down to $1569.95. I'm sure there's better sound for the money than those.

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Posted September 21 2013 - 07:24 PM

I'm not trying to throw them under the bus. It was a pretty small demo room. Maybe they need room to gallop?

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Posted September 21 2013 - 07:34 PM

I know nothing of the Saturn line. I have heard the HTS and Revolution(Tannoy isn't exactly "easy to get" in the US). Both were very good.

 

The Mercury is Tannoy's bread and butter. 

 

By the way, I know a guy using 5 Tannoy Reveals straight off a SACD/DVD-A player. Yes, it sounds fantabulous.



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Posted September 21 2013 - 09:45 PM

Perhaps I will explore them a little further then. I think the prestige line may be a little out of reach at this juncture.

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Posted September 22 2013 - 01:13 AM

I'd consider Axiom (A Canadian company), maybe drop the sub until you can afford to add it in:

 

http://www.axiomaudi...-theater-system



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Posted September 22 2013 - 06:13 AM

If you want to get way outside the box, since this place has Tannoy...

Ask if they can get the Legend MOB1.


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Posted September 23 2013 - 02:35 PM

Appreciate the tips. My research list keeps growing as does the need for a bigger budget.

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Posted September 23 2013 - 03:06 PM

Appreciate the tips. My research list keeps growing as does the need for a bigger budget.

 

If you need, start with 2.0. Grow the system over time. That is one of the ways of maximizing your budget. Pre-owned speakers are the greatest budget maximizer.



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Posted September 25 2013 - 04:29 AM

Audionic Speakers are really good,.... try it






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