Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Home Theater Audio (recomendations/tips)

  1. #1
    Maximum Bitrate XxAndyxX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    Posts
    609

    Home Theater Audio (recomendations/tips)

    My grandparents are getting a new house and I told them I would setup the sound in their theater room. I have quite a bit of experience in the car audio department and a little in the home, but never to this degree.

    My budget is ~$5,000
    It's a fairly large room (25'X25') with no obstructions.

    This is kind of what I was thinking
    ~$1,000 For receiver
    ~$1,000 For 18' sub and plate amp (maybe 2 15')
    ~$2,500 For satellite speakers (not sure if I want 5.1 or 7.1)
    ~$500 For subwoofer boxes and all cabling

    I know best place for L/R/C speakers are at ear level, and surround is slightly above ear level. But how much of a difference does this make? I ask because it would be easier and cleaner if I could mount them in the ceiling.

  2. #2
    MySQL Error scott_fx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles Ca
    Posts
    3,998
    would the be ok with towers over sat speakers?
    New System in progress:
    M10k
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
    Transflective Xenarc

    My Car Pc Install
    My Boat Pc worklog

  3. #3
    FLAC XC-C30's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Abele, Belgium
    Posts
    1,260
    first off, it's not so much the price, as it is sound. so you could say: "I'll spend that much on this and that" but you sure have to listen to different combinations. espessially in home audio the difference in an amp and speakers are VERY noticeable, so really, go listen to a few amps and look for speakers that match. and really do'n go over it easily! Take your time, and try to take some amp/speakers home, to test them out for a few days.

    Also, in my opinion an 18" sub would be overkill. most all-in-one pre-packed HT-sets use a sub from 8" to 12", and it works fine. Bigger isn't always better.


    My advice in this: Let your/your grandparents' ears decide, cause they'll probably like something else better than you do and vise versa....

    I know for one thing marantz and mordaunt short are a nice combination, or focal and cambridge, also nice.... but there's really too many options, and if you're willing to pend that much money, we really shouldn't take part in this, because that's a lot of money to let it depend one what other people may choose....


    just my 2 cents
    Xenia & Isabelle, totally in love!

    'T SQiekenkot: VOLVO 740GL 2.3

    CarPC: none at the moment
    CLARION HX-D2
    CLARION APA4300HX => Fountek NeoCd1.0 + TB W4-1337SD
    CLARION APA4300HX => CSS Trio8
    CLARION APA2100 => Dayton IB385-8

  4. #4
    Maximum Bitrate XxAndyxX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    Posts
    609
    scott: I would have to try to convince them to get towers, but I know they would rather have some kind of ceiling or wall mounted speakers. I'm going to try to atleast get wall mounted.

    IC-C30: I know most home theaters in a box have 8 to 12. But most of those aren't that great IMO. I've heard 15' that sound amazing. So I atleast want to go with 15'. My decision won't depend on what other people choose. There's tons of different speakers out there narrowing it down helps. Ofcourse I'm going to do lots of research on the speakers before I buy. Infact, research is what I'm doing right. I've already learned a lot about home audio in the past week of researching.

    I definitely want to stay with in the same company although I'll probably get a sub from a different company. I've been looking mainly at B&W and Klipsch, for subs I've been looking at Adire's timult line and some from Ascendant Audio.

  5. #5
    FLAC XC-C30's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Abele, Belgium
    Posts
    1,260
    well, adire would DEFINATLY be on my wishlist also! staying with the same company for speakers, well, it makes it easier to smoothen out the sound, so yea, good idea.

    narrowing it down, indeed might help, but on what criteria? If the only criteria is price, there's still too much to choose from.

    And PLEASE try to convince them for choosing floorstanders or bookshelf speakers, the sound really will improve over those tiny wallmounted speakers. I'd pick 2 floorstands for the front and 2/4 (depending on setup) bookshelfs for the surround....
    Xenia & Isabelle, totally in love!

    'T SQiekenkot: VOLVO 740GL 2.3

    CarPC: none at the moment
    CLARION HX-D2
    CLARION APA4300HX => Fountek NeoCd1.0 + TB W4-1337SD
    CLARION APA4300HX => CSS Trio8
    CLARION APA2100 => Dayton IB385-8

  6. #6
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    25
    a square room sucks. they can't pick a different room with non-equal measurements?

  7. #7
    MySQL Error scott_fx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles Ca
    Posts
    3,998
    cambrige soundworks has a subwoofer and slave woofer that are amazing! i had a pair of polk sats that sounded really good... 7 yrs ago. klipsh are hard to beat too for name brand speakers. there is also a whole 'no name' area of the hobby too. NHT's are great for the price... really hard to beat, not that small so you wont have the x-over issues that blose speakers have. Elemental Designs also has a line of h/t speakers that you should look into.
    New System in progress:
    M10k
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
    Transflective Xenarc

    My Car Pc Install
    My Boat Pc worklog

  8. #8
    MySQL Error scott_fx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles Ca
    Posts
    3,998
    Quote Originally Posted by fwaggle View Post
    a square room sucks. they can't pick a different room with non-equal measurements?
    very true, but you can get creative with sound deadening to help.
    New System in progress:
    M10k
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
    Transflective Xenarc

    My Car Pc Install
    My Boat Pc worklog

  9. #9
    FLAC XC-C30's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Abele, Belgium
    Posts
    1,260
    @scott: who's looking into bose nowadays? I could immagine, maybe morrons, but other than that, and people who are willing to read and want to spend the money on really HE stuff..... those people KNOW to leave bose aside.
    Xenia & Isabelle, totally in love!

    'T SQiekenkot: VOLVO 740GL 2.3

    CarPC: none at the moment
    CLARION HX-D2
    CLARION APA4300HX => Fountek NeoCd1.0 + TB W4-1337SD
    CLARION APA4300HX => CSS Trio8
    CLARION APA2100 => Dayton IB385-8

  10. #10
    MySQL Error scott_fx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles Ca
    Posts
    3,998
    i know... just using them as an example.
    New System in progress:
    M10k
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
    Transflective Xenarc

    My Car Pc Install
    My Boat Pc worklog

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. PCI Audio vs. USB Audio vs. Onboard Audio
    By waltwalt in forum Car Audio
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 07-26-2007, 09:36 AM
  2. car audio at home
    By Mike12086 in forum Car Audio
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-28-2006, 12:10 AM
  3. timeouts and bluetooth audio randomness
    By numbers in forum PhoneControl
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-09-2006, 04:44 PM
  4. Automatic audio selector?
    By Optimizer in forum Car Audio
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-09-2006, 08:36 AM
  5. Who wants an Audio Forum on mp3car.com?
    By Banderon in forum Mp3car Forum Suggestions/Comments
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 04-15-2004, 10:19 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •