This may be CRAZY but I want your opinions.....

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by kwagar, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. kwagar

    kwagar Auditioning

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    Hey all,

    Long story short, I have been living with some friends for a while (while my wife and I are waiting for the closing on our new home) and in order to repay them for all that they have done, and since they recently wired their home for surround sound, I was looking to purchase ($500.00 or so) a 5.1 system for them.

    I have done a bunch of reading on this forum and have significant experience from my own home theater, but I wanted to run this past you.

    Since I am on a tight budget, and right now they have no speakers at all (i.e. anything is going to be an improvement) and since the way they wired their home (all speakers will be wall mounted) what do you think of doing this....

    5 Fluance AV-BP2's bipolar (http://fluance.stores.yahoo.net/fluanbipsurs.html)
    1 Fluance DB-150 Sub (http://fluance.stores.yahoo.net/fldbposu.html)
    For a total of $450 + Shipping

    Can one use bipolar speakers as fronts or even one as a center channel? What are the pros or cons to this idea... are there any other choices that I have for 500.00 in order to obtain 5 wall mountable speakers and a sub.

    Thanks.

    KWAGAR

    PS. The other option that I am considering is this:

    1 JBL EC25 E Series Center Channel (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=298541&is=REG)
    1 JBL E150P Subwoofer (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=298555&is=REG)
    4 JBL E-30 Bookshelf Speakers (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=298521&is=REG)
    For a total of $487.90 Shipped!!
     
  2. Andrew Pratt

    Andrew Pratt Producer

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    I would not suggest using those bipoles for the front or center. Why wouldn't you just buy the 5 Speaker Surround Sound Home Theater System SX-HTB+ set instead? I've heard it and its a decent sounding set for the price.
     
  3. kwagar

    kwagar Auditioning

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    The folks I am staying with are not looking for floorstanding speakers.. they would like them all wall mounted. With a couple of kids running around a lot, I cannot blame them.

    Why would you not suggest bipole speakers for fronts or center? Also what are your thoughts about the JBL set?

    Thanks,

    KWAGAR
     
  4. Andrew Pratt

    Andrew Pratt Producer

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    The center channel speaker is supposed to be directional and while some people use dipoles for the front left and right I wouldn't think the one's you've choosen would work well. JBL generally makes a decent speaker but in this price point for wall mounted speakers I'd take a serious look at Energy's Take series. You should be able to find it for about your price point incl. the sub and I promise you it'll impress you with how good it sounds for such small speakers.
     
  5. SethH

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    I wouldn't recommend the bipoles for fronts/center either. If you want to stick with Fluance, get the SX-6s for the fronts and the matching center with the bipoles for the rear.

    You might also consider the Atena packages that are pretty inexpensive. One of those with either the PartsExpress Dayton sub or an Acoustech H-100 would make a great setup.

    EDIT: Never mind. The fluance bookshelf speakers are rear-ported which doesn't work for wall-mounting.
     
  6. Chet_F

    Chet_F Supporting Actor

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    If you want to go real cheap but impress the hell of them pick up 2 sets of the Insignia NS-B2111 at Best Buy. I picked up a set of the JBL E30's for my dad and was unimpressed. They sounded decent but not as good as I thought they would. These Insignias blow the JBL's out of the water with their soundstage and bass. Music in general sounds more vibrant and clear. I put some James Taylor on and it's like you are sitting right next to him. I can't say enough about these speakers and for $50 a pair they are less than half the price of the JBLs.

    This all coming from someone who's had a few sets of JBLs. These insignia's are in just a different class all together.

    Good luck.
     

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