5.1 0r 7.1

RichardJB

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Hello all, looking for some help finishing my home theatre,here is my set up:

TV: Samsung HLS6187W
Reciever: Denon AVR2805

I am in the market now for a 5.1 speaker system.
I can not spend a nickle over $500 for the whole set-up.
Can anyone point me in the right direction. SVS is out of my price range
Any help will be appreciated
 

amigohts

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I was in the $500-$600 range and i had to raise my price. Now iam searching for a good speakers (smalls) between 700-$1k
 

Paul_Dunlop

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You went kind of high on your receiver cost, if you can only spend $500.00 on speakers - anyway...


I would go with 3 speakers to start - do the front end only, pick up some very cheap surrounds (used maybe) and you will have 5.1
Say $250 for the Fronts, $200 for the center, $50 for a pair of surrounds

Then save and buy some new fronts and move the current 'fronts' to surround duty

Don't worry about 6.1 or 7.1 until you have some more dough - it's better to have 5 good speakers, than 7 crappy ones..

This is what i did, and i am still using the cheap surrounds in my bedroom for occasional listening only
 

John Garcia

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IMO, your receiver choice was good. You will be less likely to upgrade sooner, but if that leaves you with too little of a budget for speakers then maybe wait until you can afford a nice set of speakers or piece it together as Paul suggests. I might shoot for a 4.1 setup (no center) or cheap out on the surrounds at first. The VT-12 setup I mentioned could serve as a decent stopgap for the time being though.
 

Jeff Adams

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I agree. The receiver is the heart of your audio system. I have had my Marantz SR-9200 for almost 5 years now and am not even thinking about an upgrade.

When I first got into home theater I started with the obvious. The left and right speakers. Then went to the center channel. I am not a big fan of the phantom mode for your center channel. The majority of a movie and the dialogue comes from the center channel speaker so that was a big priority of mine. Then like many others have said, you can go real cheap on the surrounds until you can spend more to upgrade later. There are a number of excellent choices out there to keep your budget around $500. SVS, HSU and the tower speakers I just purchased which are fabulous, the Premier Acoustic PA-6F tower.

So my suggestion, put together a good 7.1 system one piece at a time instead of going too cheap for a HTIB set up. You will be much more happy when all is said and done.
 

Paul_Dunlop

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Don't get me wrong - that is a great avr - just may be a little costly considering the overall budget

I started with a Denon 1601 6 yrs ago - $500.00 CDN
Spent $800.00 on speakers and $300.00 on sub (over a 9 month period of time)

Just upgraded to a Denon 2307Ci - for $900.00

Bought 2 new front speakers - towers this time (Energy eXL -26's)
Now I have a stereo for upstairs (1601 and old fronts - eXL16's)

Anyway, hope you get some ideas from this site
 

Mike~Sileck

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Definitely stay with 5.1

If there is any pre-wiring involved however, make sure you pre-wire for 7.1 so you can upgrade later!
 

Paul_Dunlop

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Hell Yeah - prewire regardless!

I just bought a used Center channel for my 6th speaker - will be setting up 6.1 in my new house

Room is not big enough for 7.1, but i will be running extra sub wires and some Cat 6 as well - easiest when the room is empty
 

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