What is a good Surround Sound choice for an entertainment center?

Guyy90

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I am looking for a surround sound system (whether all the parts come in one package, or buying individual parts) for my entertainment center.

The room is about 12' by 13' and the television is going to be 70" and in a corner.
Price is not an issue, but I am not looking to make anything super crazy.

I am rather new to audio options, so any and all help is appreciated!
 

ssddx

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the reason we ask for a rough idea of what you want to spend is because prices can vary widely depending on brand and what you're looking for.

in a 12x13 satellite sized speakers are fine and will be loud enough. bookshelf speakers would also work but are a bit too much for that space. i use 75w rms satellites in a 13x14 and they are more than sufficient.

since you live in the usa, i would head down to your local best buy and check out their home audio section. they have klipsch, boston acoustics and other brands on display that you can listen to in their theater room. this would give you a good idea on what kind of "sound" you like from them. if you're lucky they may even have energy 5.1's on display (havent been in the room for a long time so not sure what they have hooked up now).

i'll give two examples below of both entry level hifi and mid level hifi 5.1 setups (depending on what you consider those levels at... )

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for example, my own setup which i personally use in a 13x14ft area is the klipsch quintet iv 5.0 satelite speaker set ($500) paired with a klipsch sw450 ($250) and pioneer vsx-30 receiver ($550) to power and connect it all. plus some speaker cable, connectors and some odds and ends ($100). in total approx $1400 for a complete 5.1 system (i did spend a bit more than i needed to on the receiver, but i wanted the features it had).

klipsch is rather pricey as are most well known hifi brands however does have good sound quality to go along with the price. i've been nothing but happy with them and would buy them again (i wish i had the money at the time for bookshelf models!) if i had the chance to.

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on more of the budget end of things, you could go with the energy take classic 5.1 set ($300) paired up with a cheaper receiver from the likes of sony or onkyo for about $200 (we picked up a sony strdh540 a few years ago for this price and its been great for our other room) and have a pretty decent setup for about $550-600 once you factor in the little extras like cable, connectors, surge protector.

for $500-600 for a set of speakers and avr you will do no better than this little gem.

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about midway between the two you'll find other sets such as 5.1 sets from boston acoustics, the klipsch hd theather 500 / 600 and other products. most need a receiver and are only paired speakers though some come paired up with a decent receiver in stores.

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you also have the option of breaking out of speaker sets and just buying speakers individually from a manufacturer. most hifi speakers are sold this way.

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what you want to avoid are home theater in a box (htib) sets. these (in the long run) generally give you nothing but grief as they often do not support multiple inputs, sometimes do not support surround sound input despite having the correct ports and offer no upgradeability. i try to get people to stay away from these unless they know full well what they are getting into beforehand.

also, i'd ignore any of the bose sets as they are generally junk unless you get into the very high end stuff.
 

USAFRet

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This is like asking what car to buy. For every single model, someone will like it, and someone else will dislike it.

How in depth do you want to get?
Budget?
Stereo, 5.1, 7.1, other?
Looks/size?

I have a set of EnergyTake 5 Classic, paired with a Polk sub, and an Onkyo receiver.
Other people will laugh at my mediocre set. Too bad for them. I like it.
 

Guyy90

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Im not sure what you mean by in depth. As mentioned above, I am new to audio equipment.

There is not necessarily a budget, I just want something that sounds nice and works with the 12' by 13' space I have.

Being that I'm looking for surround sound, stereo is a no go (obviously) and I'm not sure of the advantages for any other surround system are over their peers.

I'd prefer something colored black, which i imagine almost everything is.

I am in the United States.

Thank you for responding.
 

ssddx

Glorious
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the reason we ask for a rough idea of what you want to spend is because prices can vary widely depending on brand and what you're looking for.

in a 12x13 satellite sized speakers are fine and will be loud enough. bookshelf speakers would also work but are a bit too much for that space. i use 75w rms satellites in a 13x14 and they are more than sufficient.

since you live in the usa, i would head down to your local best buy and check out their home audio section. they have klipsch, boston acoustics and other brands on display that you can listen to in their theater room. this would give you a good idea on what kind of "sound" you like from them. if you're lucky they may even have energy 5.1's on display (havent been in the room for a long time so not sure what they have hooked up now).

i'll give two examples below of both entry level hifi and mid level hifi 5.1 setups (depending on what you consider those levels at... )

--

for example, my own setup which i personally use in a 13x14ft area is the klipsch quintet iv 5.0 satelite speaker set ($500) paired with a klipsch sw450 ($250) and pioneer vsx-30 receiver ($550) to power and connect it all. plus some speaker cable, connectors and some odds and ends ($100). in total approx $1400 for a complete 5.1 system (i did spend a bit more than i needed to on the receiver, but i wanted the features it had).

klipsch is rather pricey as are most well known hifi brands however does have good sound quality to go along with the price. i've been nothing but happy with them and would buy them again (i wish i had the money at the time for bookshelf models!) if i had the chance to.

--

on more of the budget end of things, you could go with the energy take classic 5.1 set ($300) paired up with a cheaper receiver from the likes of sony or onkyo for about $200 (we picked up a sony strdh540 a few years ago for this price and its been great for our other room) and have a pretty decent setup for about $550-600 once you factor in the little extras like cable, connectors, surge protector.

for $500-600 for a set of speakers and avr you will do no better than this little gem.

--

about midway between the two you'll find other sets such as 5.1 sets from boston acoustics, the klipsch hd theather 500 / 600 and other products. most need a receiver and are only paired speakers though some come paired up with a decent receiver in stores.

--

you also have the option of breaking out of speaker sets and just buying speakers individually from a manufacturer. most hifi speakers are sold this way.

--

what you want to avoid are home theater in a box (htib) sets. these (in the long run) generally give you nothing but grief as they often do not support multiple inputs, sometimes do not support surround sound input despite having the correct ports and offer no upgradeability. i try to get people to stay away from these unless they know full well what they are getting into beforehand.

also, i'd ignore any of the bose sets as they are generally junk unless you get into the very high end stuff.
 

USAFRet

Splendid
Moderator
on more of the budget end of things, you could go with the energy take classic 5.1 set ($300) paired up with a cheaper receiver from the likes of sony or onkyo for about $200 (we picked up a sony strdh540 a few years ago for this price and its been great for our other room) and have a pretty decent setup for about $550-600 once you factor in the little extras like cable, connectors, surge protector.

for $500-600 for a set of speakers and avr you will do no better than this little gem.
As above, I have almost exactly this. Polk Audio sub instead of the Energy sub.
Room approx 13x15.
For the price, it can't be beat.

A 'techie' friend of mine who considers himself the font of knowledge of all things electronic pooh-poohed the EnergyTakes "Oh, they have no midrange!"
'oh really? Come over and listen.'

He was frankly surprised.

In the audio world, a budget can quickly go to ludicrous levels, if you listen to all the audiophile freaks...

"You need the O2 infused speaker cables, and the receiver needs to be in a copper Faraday cage to prevent any extraneous EM radiation. Oh, and your walls need the proper type of drywall to propagate and reflect the soundwaves efficiently."
Back to us normal humans...
 

Guyy90

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Thank you all for the information and recomendations. I will look into the brands mentioned.

And I'll have to find an electronics store with an audio room (my local best buy only has soundbars on usable display).
 
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