New Speakers / Need suggestions

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  1. Domonic A

    Domonic A Stunt Coordinator

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    I am starting to look at speakers for my new home theater. The room is 14' x 30' with the seating at 17' and the rear of the room is for recreation. I am setting up a 5.1 system using a Marantz SR8000 reciever. I am putting bookshelves in the front so I can bould around the speakers. I would like to try and use some large bookshelfs if I can.

    Budget $2000
    2 Fronts
    1 Center
    2 Surrounds (bipole or dipole ?????)
    1 or 2 subs

    I was open to several brands. I like Energy, Klipsch, Paradigm, Definative Technology, & B&W.


    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Al H.

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    Did you say you want to use bookshelves as fronts? Off hand how many watts per channel is your Marantz?
     
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    Domonic A Stunt Coordinator

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    Sorry for the delay. My Marantz puts out 105W per channel. I would like to do floorstanding but thought that Book shelf speakers would work better. The front corners will be angled with a sub on the floor concealed by the bookcase.

    I am open to any and all sugestions. I currently have a pair of Energy's with a 5-1/2 woofer and a passive that do a good job, but they will be staying upstairs in the family room.

    Thank You,
    Domoic A.
     
  4. BenKuhn

    BenKuhn Auditioning

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    I just went through the same process. I auditioned both the DefTech ProCinema 100's and the Paradigm MiniMonitors at home on a Yamaha RX-v640 (@85w/chan). I personally thought the DefTechs were just a bit too bright, and sounded a tad too much like a satellite system. I also was getting ear fatigue from the def techs. The MiniMonitors had a lot more warmth while still being crisp. The DefTech sub was great though (prosub 100), so I'm running Paradigm MiniMon front & 370 center, ProSub 100, and ProCinema 80's for surround. The 80's were a little cheaper than the Atom's, if I remember right, and the Atoms sounded kinda muddy to me. Well, hope that helps. I haven't tried the other brands you mentioned (well, at least not at home). BTW, be sure to check the power ratings on the minimons. You might be over by just a bit.

    Best of luck!

    - Ben
     
  5. RobWil

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    As far as larger front bookshelfs go, I can vouch for the Paradigm Studio 40's. They are very sweet speakers.
     
  6. BrianWH

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    If I had your budget and room, I'd get:

    Boston Acoustics CR85 fronts ($350-400), CRC center ($180), and CR65 rears ($200) (although they're not di or bipole), and then use the rest for a pair of SVS 20-39 PCi's ($550 each).

    Of course this is just my biased opinion, being a Boston Acoustics fan, but I'd add them to your list to audition at least. Great speakers that perform way beyond what their price might suggest.

    Brian

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