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booglebug

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New to this board but have been watching for about a month now, and thanks for the great info that you supply. I had picked out two choices in speakers, SCS-01-M system, (but can't seem to get my order placed) and Asend CMT340SE fronts with a matching center plus a Hus STF-2 sub. Both set ups would cost around $1200.00 which is my budget. With the Asend I can add surround in wall speakers later for my 6.1 setup. I'll be driving this with a Denon 789 AVR in a room approx 22 x 22 which is a loud room. For the money is this Asend package the best bang for the bucks? (I have kind of ruled the SCS system out). I really need to keep within my $1200.00 budget, but I am open for any suggestions that you may have to offer. In other words, am I better off putting my money in the front speakers and adding satellites later?
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Given those two choices, I would definitely go with the "long range" plan and get the Ascend/Hsu speakers with the plan to add satellites later.

Also, be sure to check out Aperion and Rocket speakers as well. I have several Aperion systems, and they are fantastic (I also have an Ascend system as well, and it is very good.)

At home, I've had the same set of high-quality speakers for 11+ years. They were a little bigger and more expensive than I needed at the time, but over the years I've had several different receivers, TV's and source units, but not once have I ever felt like I needed different speakers. Speakers don't become obsolete like receivers and DVD/Blu-ray players do. A high quality set should keep you happy for a very long time. So this is one area where it can really pay off long-term dividends to save up and build a high-quality system over time. And in a room of that size, a small "home-theater-in-a-box" setup probably isn't going to cut it for very long.

Heck, you could take a really long term plan and start out with some killer tower speakers like the Aperion 6T.

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Thanks for the advise Jonathan.
I'm very new at this and don't know a lot about audio. My previous setup was a 6.1 with a Panasonic receiver that was driving Cerwin Vega E710 speakers. Are these speakers a very low end speaker or would they be efficient enough to hook up with this Denon 789 until I can save for a better setup? I like the idea of a high end set of front speakers but from what I have read on this board the sub and the center speakers are the two most important. Is this right or am I mistaken? Should I start out with a 2.0 and build from there?
Again I'm a dummy and any advise or alternative would be a big help.
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booglebug

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One other thing, is an SVS 20-39 sub powered by a seperate amp a better setup than a sub self powered?
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If you have an existing set of speakers, I would definitely set a realistic goal for a set of high-quality speakers and wait. There would certainly be nothing wrong with buying the center and sub first, and then adding matching front and surround speakers as the budget allows. A center like the Ascend CMT-340 or Aperion Intimus 5C (or 6C!) would be solid starting point for any system, and both companies have a good selection of speakers to fill out the rest. There are a bazillion good subs for $400-800.

For any given price, I think you can probably get more bang for your buck with a built in amp in a sub.

Good luck.
 

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