Need speaker advice for my first decent 5.2 system- using a Marantz SR6009 receiver (~$2500 budget)

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  1. grant m

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    I'm having a very hard time deciding on speakers, any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

    I've already got a Marantz SR6009 receiver and two Klipsch SW-112 12" subwoofers.

    I'll primarily be using blu-rays, as well as audio and video files served from a Synology DS1515+ NAS. It will mostly be used for movies, but we listen to a lot of music as well, primarily rap and classic rock, some classical.

    I don't have the exact dimensions of the room, but it's a fairly standard sized living room with 8' ceilings.

    I'd like to spend around $2000-$2500, with a hard limit of $3000.

    My top contender right now are these Focal Chorus 700 Series for $1800-

    FOCAL Chorus 700 Series 5 Pc Package Black | Accessories4less

    I read somewhere that these speakers aren't great for rap, is that true? Is there anything better in that price range for watching movies and listening to rap/rock?

    Thanks a ton for reading my post, I'd love to hear any opinions or advice you may have.

    I am also considering these (RTIA7) and other Polk Audio speakers-

    Amazon.com: Polk Audio RTI A7 Floorstanding Speaker (Single, Cherry): Electronics
     
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    I have always liked Focal speakers but you really should go listen to them first to see if they fit your tastes. The 700 speakers give a very clean sound and clean bass which can come across as being a bit light. If you did not already have the subs I would have suggested just buying one better sub or just one of the ones you have and putting the money towards even better speakers. This is because 2 subs the same do very little except give a little more volume. 2 subs can help if you have uneven bass in a room but they can also create these problems if they interact badly with each other. Getting one sub to work well in a room can be difficult and using 2 makes this even more complicated.
     
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    It seems you are in the USA, can you verify this?

    Focal have a reputations for being stunningly clear. I've not heard the 700 series, but I have heard the 800 series, and was very impressed. But the bass is a bit lean, still very good but a bit lean relative to other speakers. However they have trades a tiny bit of bass in exchange for that exceptional clarity.

    The Polk A7, based on what I have heard, are going to have stronger bass and treble, which, relatively speaking leaves them a bit soft in the midrange. Again, not exceptionally soft in the midrange, just no emphasis on the mids. Again, that based on what I've read.

    You could try listening to some YouTube videos to get a vague idea of the speaker. Though never more than a vague idea. Also, only about 1 out of 50 YouTube videos is recorded in a way to give you any sense at all. Most are recorded far too loud to hear anything but distortion. So, make of that aspect what you will.

    Both suggested speakers are good, but good in a different way. You have to get some sense of which of those 'good' best suits you personally.

    If you want powerful speakers, then I'm guessing the Polk are going to give you more sense of power and weight for music. I'm going to speculate that the Focal are light and airy, and focus more on accurate sound reproduction. Accurate sound reproduction is a good thing, assuming you have good recordings. But if you have bad recording, it is going to reveal the flaws in them.

    Also, there are a few Internet-only Sellers that represent high value. You could at least consider them.

    As an example EMP-Tek is highly regarded in the AVSForum.com -

    http://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-speakers/

    EMP-Tek R55Ti Towers - $348 each -

    http://emptek.com/r55ti.php

    Other 5.1 related EMP-Tek speakers -

    http://emptek.com/r55wi.php

    http://emptek.com/r56ci.php

    http://emptek.com/r5bi.php

    http://emptek.com/subwoofer.php

    If you search that forum you should find many references to these speakers. Also, I'm pretty sure there is an EMP-Tek owner's thread.

    http://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-speakers/1101727-official-emp-owner-s-thread.html

    http://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-speakers/1500887-polk-rtia-vs-emp-tek.html

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    AVForums is in the UK, though we get people from around the world.

    AVSForum is in the USA.

    Steve/bluewizard
     
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    I'm puzzled because I heard from various places that the Focal 700's were clear and a good match for the Marantz. But the ones I listened to were rich and warm, not at all clean and clear. This was not on the SR6009, it was on an older stereo Marantz, but I had been assured it gave a similar output to the SR6009. Certainly, what I heard would be no good for rap, probably not bad for hymns on a Sunday....
     
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    There have been discussions on this forum indicating that the Focal 700 are very good speakers. I heard the Focal 800 series which are better speakers and I was very very impressed, they moved, if not to the top, then very very near the top of my list of desirable speakers.

    Plus, those Focal 700 that were linked to are a STUNNING BARGAIN, which is precisely what Accessories4Less is noted for. Though occasionally you are buying B-Stock.

    An example of B-Stock would be an amp sent back to the manufacturer to be repaired, instead, they simply sent the customer a new amp, and repaired the old one at their leisure. I have a B-Stock Yamaha amp that came with the Manufacturer's warranty, and it has served me very well for many years now, and is will working fine.

    Though the B-Stock issue is just a side note. If you want very clear speakers in a AV system, I would guess the Focal 700 would do an outstanding job, and at a very great price.

    Steve/bluwizard
     

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