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Old 09-01-2012, 12:07 PM
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Got my Onkyo from Amazon has the Energy RC Micro 5.0 set for $179.
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:20 PM
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I came across this guide and thought it was very helpful but was not sure if it was dated. I bought a home, family room (15'x14') was prewired for 5.1 in ceiling system. Looking for speakers and a sub and like the idea of doing monoprice 4929 for LCR and 4104 for rears. Is this setup still good or is there something better in this price range? Also is the center channel adequate? Any recs on the powered subs as well?


5.1 In-Ceiling - $360
Purchase the angled speakers for the fronts, they provide sound that comes from a wall-mounted display. It is possible to mix Left and Right in-ceiling with a in-wall Center if you want to avoid wasting the extra angled in-ceiling speaker. For the rears, you don't need the angeled speakers as surround sound is not as directional, and should be more diffuse. For 7.1 add additional pair of surrounds to take you to a cost of $410.
•Front Left and Right: 8 Inches Kevlar In-Ceiling Speakers (Pair) - w/ 15 Degree Angled Woofer (Monoprice #4929) - $79.92/pair
•Center: 8 Inches Kevlar In-Ceiling Speakers (Pair) - w/ 15 Degree Angled Woofer (Monoprice #4929) - $79.92/pair (just use 1 speaker from the pair)
•Surround Left and Right: 6-1/2 Inches Kevlar 2-Way In-Ceiling Speakers (Pair) - 60W Nominal, 120W Max. (Monoprice #4103) - $45.99/pair
•Subwoofer: Dayton SUB-100 HT Series 10" 125 Watt Powered Subwoofer for $142 shipped.
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:22 AM
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I have been using the Fluance SX-HTB+ for 7 years now, purchased it for my girlfriend's house when she allowed me to turn the formal living room into a home theater. It was the best I could find within my limited budget and it has been great. It has been used with a Yamaha RX-V663 7.1 receiver and JBL subwoofer and additional 2 surround speakers to make a 7.1 system. Upstairs in the master bedroom, Energy Take Classic 5.1 and an older Yamaha Receiver have been used for 5 years, a nice budget system for a small room but I know there are a lot of options at low prices for small rooms now.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:05 PM
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Picked up a Harman Kardon 5.1 AVR151 reciever and the JBL Balboa 5.1 speaker set recently for a reasonable price (Saved almost 500 bucks) . A lot of big box stores here in Aus are making a big push on home theatre lately. The reciever is nothing special, but the speakers are surprisingly good for the money.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:44 AM
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I need some suggestions here in terms of a receiver. Which one's in that list can output 24/192? I'm looking at purchasing some 24/192 music tracks and I don't want the receiver down-sampling it to 24/92.
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Old 10-21-2015, 05:09 AM
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Any suggestions for a friend that's on a budget of $2,000-$3,000 for a new receiver and 5.1 setup? I know that's pretty tight. This will be going in a larger living room space that opens up into a kitchen in a larger ranch home.

Many thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 01-04-2018, 08:08 PM
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Hey guys. I bought a Sony STR-DN1080 and it says it's Dolby Atmos capable. Do I need special speakers to achieve an Atmos setup? I would assume you need at least 7.2 to achieve it? Thanks for the help.
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