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Topic # 122116 25-Jun-2013 10:50
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I'm 'fresh off the boat' from the UK (well, a year ago but feels like yesterday) and we finally have somewhere to set up the TV/surround sound system. 
I have shipped my stuff out from the UK, its old but good, but my rear speakers were broken so I need to find a replacement.
My amp is an old Nakamichi (sorry, I'm at work and I can't remember the model) but it has all the usual outputs just nothing flash (no HDMI or anything) The front speakers are Linn Keilidh's, there's a Linn centre speaker and a fairly large Mission sub.
It has been a while since I bought any components, and nothing since I arrived in NZ so I am totally out of touch. 
I am going to run wires under the house to jack points so not looking for wireless ones. Just a good price for some good speakers, probably floor standing, maybe wall mounted, definitely not in the ceiling. 
If anyone has any good tips on models or even just where to go for good advice it would be most appreciated. (My go-to was The Sound Gallery in High Wycombe, UK, I openly admit to being a lazy hifi enthusiast and I'm happy if I find somewhere I can trust to advise me)
Thank you in advanceKiss

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  Reply # 843935 25-Jun-2013 12:32
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To advise you on where to go, I'd need to know where you are. Ideally, stick with Linn as they should offer a timbre match to your sound stage. Failing that, will you be popping them to the side of your seated position, or at the back of the room in the corners?

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  Reply # 843941 25-Jun-2013 12:41
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DOH! Sorry, I'm in Auckland.
The sofa is fairly flat back against the wall, so likely on stands to the side although I could be persuaded to wall mount behind the sofa other than the pain it'll be to hide the cables :-)

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  Reply # 843966 25-Jun-2013 13:12
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Only about under 1% of sound co mes out of the rear in movies ... get whatever you want that suits

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  Reply # 844092 25-Jun-2013 16:30
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First you need to setup your speakers correctly !

Rule of thumb is speakers need open space and so does your listening seat.

Hard against the wall is not good.

There are plenty of good hi-fi shops in Auckland.

Eg, The Demo Room, Turned On Audio, Stereotype, Soundline et al.

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  Reply # 844136 25-Jun-2013 17:03
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Not all speakers require a gap between themselves and the wall behind them... in fact, some are designed to use the wall to their advantage (the new Perreaux stereo pair as an example), but I do agree, some space behind your listening position is desirable.

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  Reply # 846639 28-Jun-2013 11:00
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Oops, whilst shopping for the speakers I appear to have got sidetracked and bought a new AVR... with 3 zones/3 sources. Guess I'll be buying some more speakers then for the other 2 rooms hee hee!

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  Reply # 846930 28-Jun-2013 21:48
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Toys are GOOD! What type / model?

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  Reply # 847019 29-Jun-2013 07:19
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went with denon 4311 - 2011 model but now half price, means I can have 3 zones and good sound for the same price as the 2013 but 3000 series (only 2 zones). It was a tough choice, I really liked the 3313 but hopefully a good choice for what I want to do. Now looking at some old Jamo 6 surrounds, for my rear speakers, as they too are a really good price (still new, just old stock) Then I am looking for a good set of ceiling or bookshelf to go in the dining room, then an outdoor set to go, well, outdoors! as my third zone. Such fun!

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