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Old 12-10-2015, 06:11 PM   #1  
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Question Suggestion for New Home theater System

Hello everyone,

I need some expert advice in building a surround system for my living room. I have a samsung 65 4K curve 3D Tv ( bought on Black Friday ) and looking for a good surround system. Mostly I watch TV programs, Netflix and DVD/Blu Ray movies.

So far I looked at Bose Life Style 535. The reason I considered this model is as it comes as a whole system and it is the latest in bose systems. Bose sales person said this system is not ready for 4K TVs, he suggested to go for Bose Sound Touch 520 which is capable of 4K by passing. As it is my first sound system and I am not going to change it for next decade, looking for some better system with a budget of 3K to 3.5K max. Really appreciate your inputs and guidance in building my home theater system.

Thank you!
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I will respond more fully later today but DO NOT BUY BOSE , a terrible waste of money, with that budget you can get a phenomenal audio system. Details and suggestions to follow
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Do you have any specific limitations or restrictions on things such as color or size or any special requirements?
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Hello everyone,

I need some expert advice in building a surround system for my living room. I have a samsung 65 4K curve 3D Tv ( bought on Black Friday ) and looking for a good surround system. Mostly I watch TV programs, Netflix and DVD/Blu Ray movies.

So far I looked at Bose Life Style 535. The reason I considered this model is as it comes as a whole system and it is the latest in bose systems. Bose sales person said this system is not ready for 4K TVs, he suggested to go for Bose Sound Touch 520 which is capable of 4K by passing. As it is my first sound system and I am not going to change it for next decade, looking for some better system with a budget of 3K to 3.5K max. Really appreciate your inputs and guidance in building my home theater system.

Thank you!
AVOID Bose post your budget and we'll post suggestions
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As I mentioned earlier, my budget is 3K, but I can stretch up to 3.5K max. Also looking for wall mount speakers that look good in living room.

By the way I am digging more on B&W MT 60D, it seems in my budget. Appreciate your suggestions on this system as well.
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As I mentioned earlier, my budget is 3K, but I can stretch up to 3.5K max. Also looking for wall mount speakers that look good in living room.

By the way I am digging more on B&W MT 60D, it seems in my budget. Appreciate your suggestions on this system as well.
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3k will get you a nice system. As stated before stay away from Bose.
Are speaker sizes important for you? Most of us run towers in the front but the WAF ( wife approval factor) might not make that possible for some.
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I am partial to Paradigm. I think the value proposition is incredible and the sound stellar. I bought mine in 2008 and I am just as thrilled with them today as I was then. There line-up changes every couple of years and the current offerings aren't as varied (both in styles and finishes) as before in bookshelf size which is what you seem to indicate you prefer. Based on their current offerings I would recommend this.

Mini monitor v7 - sold as pair for front left+right and surround l/r (13.5" 7.625" 10.5")

http://www.paradigm.com/products-cur.../page=overview
$600x2=$1200 (additional pair at $600 if you want 7.1)


Center 3 (7.875" 21.125" 11.75")
http://www.paradigm.com/products-cur.../page=overview
$600

For subwoofers look elsewhere - eitherof these are great depending on room size

15 inch for $900 (an amazing sub!!)
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-15hmk2.html

or a 12" for $530

http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-2mk4.html

That gets you an amazing 5.1 system for $2330 12" sub or $2700 with 15" sub
for 7.1 that puts you at $2990 with 12" or $3300 with 15" sub.

You did not indicate if you need a receiver/AVR.

That is just one option - looking around you may find better aesthetic paradigm systems.

You can also look at definitive technology, golden ear or bowers wilkins - some other highly recommended brands. If you have questions or want further suggestions or specifics on one of the other brands let me know.
(FWIW I really like the looks of the studio series better and build is probably a little higher but they are discontinued and hard to find new but I would get a used pair in great condition without thinking twice).

Sound is somewhat subjective though and YMMV if at all possible I suggest you find a showroom and listen for yourself.
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this is definitely worth a listen highly rated http://www.audiolab.com/GoldenEar_Te...tsupersat3.htm

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I would only use info posted here as just that, 'info posted here' used as a guide possibly answer questions till you single them down to a few 'of interest' and then be sure to audition them locally, bring a disc you are familiar with and ask them to play it, so you have a better reference point. Also keep in mind where you are listening to them showroom carpeted/drapes or bare wall and floors ? It's a choice your going to live with for a long time, unless your fortunate enough to have a dealer willing to exchange speakers.
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FWIW if you can go floorstanding instead of bookshelf up front the deal until Dec 24 is buy a pair of Monitor 7 ($449 each) get a center 1 free ($300) or buy a pair of monitor 9 ($600 each) and get the center 3 free ($600). Same $1200 for the front 3 speakers. but a lot more for your money and a nice look although I liked prior years when they had cherry or rosewood finishes as well.
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I have Sonos and absolutely love it. 2 Play 1 speakers, 1 center speaker and 1 sub. Awesome sounds!!
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I wonder what Narm installed for his surround listening pleasure.

I'm a JBL fan, myself. http://www.jbl.com/loudspeakers/

I would say the center speaker is the most important in any system. Don't skimp on this.
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