$3000 -$4000 budget for 5.1

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shug23

Audioholic Intern
Hi...I am looking to set up a 5.1 system. The house I bought has two 'nice' speakers installed in the ceiling, which I plan to use as surround. So I'm thinking I need 2 fronts, a center, a woofer, and a receiver. My older system at a different house is 7.2 with Paradigm Speakers and Anthem D2v. and P5.....I bought these components years and years ago, and won't be going as high end at this new location......I would appreciate any suggestion, as I am very much NOT up to speed with today's products. Thanks in advance
 
ryanosaur

ryanosaur

Audioholic Ninja
You can put together a solid system for that. Might even be able to consider two subs for better Bass! ;)

A year old Denon, Marantz, or similar Yamaha, some Hsu subwoofers, and potentially many options in the speaker category.

What Size room? Please include full exposed room volume.
Expected listening distance from speakers.
Photos are always fun.
Music:HT?

Cheers!

Oh, and do you know what the installed speakers are? :)
 
lovinthehd

lovinthehd

Audioholic Slumlord
Ceiling would be more appropriate to the Atmos/DTS:X type formats than surround speakers IMO. Depends where they are in relation to your seats, too. What makes them "nice" speakers, tho....what are they particularly? Seems like a budget you can do well with in any case. The stuff Ryan asks about would help....
 
KEW

KEW

Audioholic Warlord
Earlier these deals were showing as expiring at midnight PST tonight. The countdown timer is no longer there, so they may be around longer, but if you are ready to buy, just do it!

A pair of these for $162 each (or $324/pr)
one of these for $162

That gets you the front three for $486! I know that is way under your budget, but these are great speakers and the center is the best center I have ever heard - I assume that since you are talking 5.1 that your emphasis is on HT so the center is important to you!

That leaves you with $1500 to $2500 for your subs (we would recommend two) and AVR.
For the AVR, get this:

So that leaves you with $950 to $1950 for a pair of subs. Like I said, I assume you are about HT and or gaming. If you were 100% music, you could save money with subs that do not get all of the way down to the low (or below) 20Hz territory, but for HT, unless you are in an apartment where you need to be sensitive to your neighbors, you will want to spend at least ~$1400 for subs. I don't know of any killer deals right now on good HT subwoofers, and we need to know more particulars like your room size and how much of your listening is music%/HT%/Gaming% to make good subwoofer recommendations.

Again, the low cost of these speakers may scare you, but trust me, they are great speakers being clearanced at a deep discount and a couple of good subwoofers will easily take half of your budget!

Edit: I should ask what type of music you listen to because some genres of music do involve the kind of high output at low frequencies that I would normally consider only needed for HT!
 
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NINaudio

NINaudio

Senior Audioholic
Is this a second house you're purchasing and/or are you leaving your other system at the other house?
 
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shug23

Audioholic Intern
yes, this is a second home....the room is approximately 24 by 22 but only has 3 walls as the one side just opens up into the kitchen area...The room also has 17 foot cathedral ceiling and the two ceiling speakers are about 12 feet high, pretty much above the head while listening or watching. I will be about 20 feet away from the fronts. The guy I bought the house from did everything first class, so I am assuming his speakers are 'nice'...I cannot tell the brand but they appear to be about 8-10 inch circular white speakers and are inset (flush ) into the ceiling...….not sure if wife will go for two subs...My other house has a very large paradigm sub and a fathom sub (which ahs two speakers and is about 3 foot tall)….what I like about those subs is I don't actually hear them, but 'feel' them instead..... I mostly listen to alternative rock off Sirius and stream movies off Roku...I don't do any gaming. My favorite games were Civilization II and Phantasmagoria, (but now I just showed my age)
 
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AcuDefTechGuy

AcuDefTechGuy

Audioholic Jedi
I would also use the 2 ceiling speakers for Atmos/DTSX. For surrounds, I would use the 2 side walls. So 3 speakers up front, 2 side surrounds, and 2 ceiling Atmos speakers.
 
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shug23

Audioholic Intern
you are suggesting a 7.1 or 7.2 system?...unfortunately I don't have two side walls, just one and unfortunately I have a wife who s tired of all my wires.....there isn't any way that I can put surrounds off to my sides, unless they were wireless or if I wish to lose a wife
 
William Lemmerhirt

William Lemmerhirt

Audioholic Ninja
Might not work for you, but when we built this house, it didn’t have plans for a right wall either. So, to my wife’s chagrin, I built this column. It’s 12’ from the LR floor to peak. It initially held a 35lb JBL surround speaker but my transition to Atmos forced me to change a little. Now it houses an IW dual
5.25” JBL(grill off). It also left a much more convenient place for the 3 gang switch box. Anyway, just might be a solution.
 
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