Originally Posted by Joar_Lightfist
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Okay so I’m guessing your budget is somewhere near $2500 since the price of the towers is $500 a piece.
If it’s okay with you, I’d actually recommend you get a really solid 5.1 system and then expand to 5.1.4 when you get more funds. I also want to discourage you from upfiring atmos speakers. They are hit and miss, most being miss, and in ceilings are the way to go, if at all possible. If you can’t go in ceiling, the next best is a high wall mount facing down. Check out SVS Elevation Prime speakers.
I would start with a decent subwoofer. HSU’s VTF-3 is $800. This will be the key to your system. A good sub defines and sets the bar for your whole system. This is where you want to build around. And HSU means business when they make their subwoofers. IMO they have the best price to performance ratio of any brand.
Next, the LCR. You have roughly $1700 left. Most of that should go to the LCR, especially the center since it does almost all of the work in a movie. Dialogue, Dialogue, Dialogue. You don’t need to go all out on the surrounds because they do a measly 10% of total output during a movie.
Emotiva T2’s (L/R) + C2 (Center) + B1’s (Surrounds). $1650.
Chane A5.4’s (L/R) + A2.4 (Center) + A2.4’s (Surrounds). $1260
Ascend CMT340’s w/ pedestal stand (L/R) + CMT340 (Center) + CMT340’s (Surround). $1340.
The Chane setup and Ascend setup both leave extra cash, so you could indeed get your atmos speakers if so. The Emotiva setup, if you instead get the T1’s and C1, you will have room for atmos also.
I placed those in order of my personal preference. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about them, or if you have any preference or suggestions that you would like me to comment on, Id be more than happy to help.