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  # 889096 3-Sep-2013 16:37
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Satellite's sound good, but only at a certain level... and that's probably the B&W MT50 pack, and above.
In-walls, well the world is your oyster.
I like the look of these...
The look of these...
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And I could go on, but frankly, it's VERY hard to demo in-wall speakers unless the dealer has a demo room, and even then, it's going to be dependent on the final design of your room. Which, in turn, is why I like the tweakability of the Polk range, seems like a very clever design.

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  # 889110 3-Sep-2013 17:09
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One question - where abouts are you? If in Chch I'd recommend popping along to The Listening Post for a look and a listen, or if not in Chch have a poke around on their website. They stock Paradigm speakers (among others), which I've seen noted in other posts, so at least you can cover that angle.

I'd also suggest a NAD amp is worth consideration, especially their bigger ones, and especially if you're musically inclined. I must admit to being a long term NAD fan, but I've never heard cheaper sound better against any of their models.

Also, the OPPO BDP-103 is a brilliant BluRay player that also makes a decent media player if you network it to a DNLA server or just plug a hard drive into a USB port.

Not sure I'm helping with the $10k budget though - maybe $15-20k...?

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  # 889155 3-Sep-2013 18:25

Thanks for the recommendations Dunnersfella. I’ll look into all of them.

Cheers for the suggestions LookingUp. Yea, joker97 mentioned the Paradigms but I don’t live in Chch unfortunately.

What do you guys think of this 5.1 set up:

Front speakers x 3:

Surround x 1:


Subwoofer amp:

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Uber Geek

  # 889159 3-Sep-2013 18:31
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The in-wall sub you've linked to is passive, meaning you'll need to add a sub amplifier to your setup. I'm pretty sure you'll start to blow your budget out if you go down that path, after all, why only run one sub, and not two...?

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  # 889215 3-Sep-2013 20:14

The link below the subwoofer is the subwoofer amplifier.

Why not get 2 subs? What do you mean by that?

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  # 889248 3-Sep-2013 20:52
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Two subs offer an improvement in output, but the biggest benefit is the ability to tune a more even sound over multiple listening positions. One challenge we all face is you can create a sweet spot based on the MLP (main listening position), but the people sitting next to you don't get the same sound.

In wall or behind a false wall speakers can make a big difference to the perceived picture quality. I have just spent some time setting up my theatre room so that the screen is the only thing you see when the lights go out. The picture really stands out when all the visual distractions are removed.

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  # 889250 3-Sep-2013 20:57
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Given your room shape, you want to be off the back wall as much as possible. That will help reduce rear wall sound reflections.
Within reason, get as close to the screen as you can. 1080p projectors look amazing, closer = bigger picture.

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