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Offline djdube525

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We had an incident at our home. It's a long story, but someone drove through a Ford Crown Victoria through our office and adjoining bedroom that we were using for our media room. While everyone is fine (thankfully), there's been some significant damage that's been done to home and contents. Insurance covers replacement cost.

The bedroom/media room is roughly 12'x12' (layout attached). The current speakers are AV123 Onix Mini Stratas. I loved these things, but they are much too big for this room. I was actually debating on replacing them, but held off due to potential shipping.

They are primarily being driven from a Marantz SR7000, and I'm leaning on staying that route for ease and simplicity with another Marantz SR70XX. HDMI switching is a must, but I don't need so many darn channels. We're primarily running 2.1 in that room. Open to other suggestions, but there aren't a whole hell of a lot of stereo AVRs that also have an HDMI switch built in. The one "benefit" of sticking with Marantz, it's harder to argue against the latest and greatest 7K series as that would be the current replacement.

So... we want to go smaller. Not opposed to monitors. I tend to prefer warmer, but "airy" speakers that accentuate female vocals (think Norah Jones), indie folk/rock, etc... depending on size, will also be looking at replacement sub, so they don't have to punch super low. I expect insurance pushback at anything approaching 2.5k.

Thoughts on speakers or AVR?

Any suggestions?





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Re: Need some guidance - help me pick some speakers & Home Theater AVR
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2018, 05:50:17 PM »
Room pic pre accident

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Re: Need some guidance - help me pick some speakers & Home Theater AVR
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 08:22:02 AM »
Glad you guys are fine. If youíre ok with buying used, the Kef LS 50s are certainly worth considering. Bought mine for $750. Iíll admit I was skeptical, but itís really a remarkable speaker. Once I read the instructions on placement, it really excelled. It has foam plugs to help fine tune as well.  LF response is limited, though.
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini
Roon & Tidal
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
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Re: Need some guidance - help me pick some speakers & Home Theater AVR
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2018, 08:43:22 AM »
  PSB, Pioneer, Elac for home theater is all ya need.

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