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Old 11-19-2013, 08:40 AM   #1  
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Hello! I recently bought a house and finally have enough space to set up a decent surround sound system. About 10 years ago my dad gave me a pair of Pioneer HPM 100s. I've always liked them, and they still sound great. The plan is to use these as my front speakers.

Do you guys have some recommendations for center and rear speakers that will work well with these? In addition, the room is in a carpeted basement. I'm wondering if I should be taking into account the fact that there is a concrete floor underneath when I'm purchasing and placing speakers (including a subwoofer). Thanks!

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Old 11-19-2013, 02:04 PM   #2  
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I'm a new poster. I think most posters that have been here a while are going to ask you:

1. What kind of receiver you are using.

2. What's your budget.
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:34 PM   #3  
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I'm a new poster. I think most posters that have been here a while are going to ask you:

1. What kind of receiver you are using.

2. What's your budget.
^ ^ you took the words right out of my mouth.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:17 AM   #4  
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I'm a new poster. I think most posters that have been here a while are going to ask you:

1. What kind of receiver you are using.

2. What's your budget.
Ah yes, that would probably be helpful. I have a Yamaha receiver that I got back in 2003/2004. It's a 6.1 receiver but doesn't have hdmi... It will probably be replaced in the next couple years. I can check on the model # when I get home tonight.

As for my budget, I would like to stay under $1,000 for the center + rears. I will probably set up a 5.1 system for now and maybe add a rear center later. Thanks again for any help!
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:55 AM   #5  
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IMO, if you have an older receiver and won't be upgrading it for another couple of years, save yourself the money and spend no more than $300 for rears/center speakers.

$1000 is way overkill for the components you are using. It's like someone driving a 2002 Honda Accord and looking to put $2000 20" rims. It just doesn't make sense.

Or for $1000 you can get a pretty good HTIB that will sound better than what you are trying to setup. Probably even a good entry level receiver and seperate decent 5.1 speakers for what you are willing to spend.
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IMO, if you have an older receiver and won't be upgrading it for another couple of years, save yourself the money and spend no more than $300 for rears/center speakers.

$1000 is way overkill for the components you are using. It's like someone driving a 2002 Honda Accord and looking to put $2000 20" rims. It just doesn't make sense.

Or for $1000 you can get a pretty good HTIB that will sound better than what you are trying to setup. Probably even a good entry level receiver and seperate decent 5.1 speakers for what you are willing to spend.
Hmm, I suppose you're right that $1000 is overkill. Can you address my question of what centers/rears would work well with what I have or are you saying I would be better off with an entirely new setup? Let's assume I only spend a few hundred on speakers.
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If you would be willing to spend up to $1000 initially my recommendation would be to do an entire new 5.1 system which you can do pretty easily for that amount.

If not then it is pretty much pot luck as typically you want to match the front soundstage (all 3 should be sam mke/model or line) as the timbre is matched. The rears although suggested to match aren't nearly as critical. Trying to match speakers form 'a long time ago' is a guessing game and if you spend a few hundred now on speakers you may end up wanting to re-do the entire set-up down the road. It makes the most sense to build a new system from scratch right now if able.
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Thanks for your suggestions! I am starting to think you guys may be onto something with starting from scratch. I suppose I'll have to lug these 60 pounders back to my parents' place, haha.
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OH BTW - congrats on your new house - that is always an exciting time.

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OH BTW - congrats on your new house - that is always an eciting time.
Thanks!

Just curious, for anybody who is actually reading this thread - is the HPM-100 not a good option for a surround setup because it is difficult to match a center channel or is it just not that great of a speaker? I've seen many threads hailing it as the best speaker ever for listening to rock. Maybe I just need to find a separate room for listening to music and stick them in there, haha.
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Thanks!

Just curious, for anybody who is actually reading this thread - is the HPM-100 not a good option for a surround setup because it is difficult to match a center channel or is it just not that great of a speaker? I've seen many threads hailing it as the best speaker ever for listening to rock. Maybe I just need to find a separate room for listening to music and stick them in there, haha.
For a 2ch stereo music listening room that may be a great idea. I am not familiar with those particular speakers but was contemplating doing the same thing. I couldn't really devise a way to get the WAF (wife acceptance factor) for another set-up and also one that wouldn't disturb others elsewhwere in my house so I ended up going to audiophile headphones and portable media players with headphone amps instead.
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