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Old 02-22-2011, 09:46 AM   #1  
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I think I am going to get the panasonic g25 and would like some suggestions on a good speaker setup. I am going to be using my harmon kardon reciever(newer with multiple hdmi in and one out, I believe its the 254 series)I would like to keep it cheaper if I can but want quality sound. The room is about 15 by 25. Hopefully I can keep it under 300. Thanks for any suggestions.
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You have a pretty good receiver, so don't skimp on speakers.

If you can sqeeze out another $50-$100 more, here are a couple suggestions.

http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic...8390910&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/KEF-KHT1005-2G...8391159&sr=8-1

If $300 is the most you can go, the Polk RM705 setup for $250 is a very good setup for the money IMO.

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-RM7...8391289&sr=1-5
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Sounds like some good options. Would you recomend the energy over the keg. Ive never hooked up a surround system before and was wondering the best way to run the wires. Is it very hard to run wires in the walls? What is some good speaker wire to run. Thanks
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Sounds like some good options. Would you recomend the energy over the keg. Ive never hooked up a surround system before and was wondering the best way to run the wires. Is it very hard to run wires in the walls? What is some good speaker wire to run. Thanks
Both are very good for the price. I would give the KEF's a slight edge, but have not heard them in a while. Either way would be a win. I forgot to add the Klipsch HD500 into the mix for around $350 + shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-HD-500...8392541&sr=1-1


You can get a 100 ft. roll of 16 awg speaker cable here for around $15. As long as your runs will be less than 35ft., 16 awg is all you need. Great place for all your cable needs like HDMI..

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

As far as running goes, running under/along base boards is a good way to go if that option is there. I had a friend that is a carpet installer pull my carpet down stairs and I ran it under the pad. But I have very thick pad, so you don't notice it at all.

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If you mounted your front speakers on the wall did you just leave your wires exsposed?
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If you mounted your front speakers on the wall did you just leave your wires exsposed?
I have my fronts on speaker stands on the side of my plasma stand. But if you wall mount, I would run the cable behind the wall for a cleaner look. Should be pretty easy to do. I believe the KEF's come with wall mounts. If not or you go with another setup, you can get them at monoprice for a good price as well.
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I have run my wires in the walls and under the floor up into the walls. Use monoprice wall plates once you decide where you're putting the speakers.

I would recommend the KEFs over all the others. Your room is somewhat big, so small satellite speakers may have difficulty filling in the room, but its right there at the limit. Klipsch is efficient as well, probably help with the room size if you like that sound.
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Whats the difference between the HD500's and the HD300"s?
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Will the kefs be loud enough for my room or will they leave me wanting more. The room is actually 15 by 20. I had planned on placing them in all 4 cornors up high. Would I be better off placing them at ear level?
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Will the kefs be loud enough for my room or will they leave me wanting more. The room is actually 15 by 20. I had planned on placing them in all 4 cornors up high. Would I be better off placing them at ear level?
Closest to ear level the better (especially the center and fronts).. I would try not to space the fronts more than 8-10 ft. apart if possible (but not a must). The Rears, not so much as long as the point twords the main seating area. The mounts are adjustable, so you can point them down and R/L if you need to mount them higher. I heard the KEF's at Fry's and was pretty surprised on how loud these little buggers are. The Energy's will probably be a bit "louder", but that does not necessarily mean better.. Your HK is only rated at 7x50wpc so you can only get so much. Harmon Kardon receivers are known to be conservative and more "realistic" when reporting rms and wpc than other receiver manufactures (and distort less when cranked). But my guess is you will be able to push the KEF's at pretty much max volume and they will sound clean. Bottom line, Either the Energy's or KEF's will sound dam good IMO.. The KEF's would be a better fit since you want to wall mount IMO.

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http://www.highdefforum.com/speakers...ent-guide.html

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Whats the difference between the HD500's and the HD300"s?
Other than better speakers/drivers and a better sub, not much..
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For my setup would you recomend the keps over the klipsh even if I don't go the wall mount way. Getting ready to purchase and can't make my mind up over the 3. Which is the best out of the 3 for my room and reciever. Sorry to be repetitive just want to do it right the first time. It sounds like the keps are the way to go.
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For my setup would you recomend the keps over the klipsh even if I don't go the wall mount way. Getting ready to purchase and can't make my mind up over the 3. Which is the best out of the 3 for my room and reciever. Sorry to be repetitive just want to do it right the first time. It sounds like the keps are the way to go.
All I can say is you have a win-win-win here anyway you go. You have 3 great sub $400 5.1 speaker packages here that will sure to please..As you can see, all 3 have gotten very favorable reviews. Of course the best thing to do is listen for yourself. But the only true way is to listen in your enviroment and attached to your receiver.

If wall mounting, I would say definately KEF's. If not, I may (and at a very slight may) go with the Take 5's. But again, that would depend on the complete setup and enviroment.

Bottom line.. Get the KEF's.. Hookem up.. Put on the Dark side of the Moon. Crank it Wayyyyyy up.. Eject.. Put in Saving Private Ryan BD. Sit back and crank up... Wait 5 minutes and look down. If you don't have a boner, box it up and send it back for the Take 5's. My guess is the the miss's will be getting the high hard 1 that evening..
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LoL, thanks for all your help bigloww im gonna give the keps a try and check out that speaker placement guide you reccomended
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