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Sticking to a budget - 4,5,6,7 speakers?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Dom H, Sep 30, 2002.

  1. Dom H

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    Which would be better, 5 speakers, 6 cheaper ones, 7 even cheaper still?






















    I'll give you a clue the answer's 4 but lets have some opinions (get out your pictionary skippy)
     
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    Here we go again. Where does he get 'em from.

    The answer my dear Tom is 2 for Stereo, 5.1 for er 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1, are you getting the picture by now or have you invented something the rest of us are not aware of :D :D
     
  3. Dom H

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    This isn't another 4 or 5 debate me ole mucker, oh no no...

    5,6 or 7?

    i.e if you had a budget of £1000

    5 * £200 speakers
    6 * £166 speakers
    7 * £142 speakers


    Does that make sense slappy? (cover the words with your pinky, take it slow)
     
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    Using your logic Don, I reckon I'd go for just one speaker costing a grand :D:D
     
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    I'll buy 2, then I can sit in the sweetspot with Dom. :D
     
  6. Dom H

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    I was waiting for that :clown: :clown: :p
     
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    Of course you go for the best you can afford, and upgrade when possible


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  8. Dom H

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    but how many?
     
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    Well I didn't let you down, I'm surprised you didn't hear me coming with your infrasonic hearing.
     
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    Thats what sensible people do. Tom just throws 'em in the skip one by one as he finds out he don't need them because of his sweet spots :D:D:eek::D:D
     
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    Quality every time. 5.1
     
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    thats what i meant, 5 main speakers. Or, with Doms preference, that would mean 4, so he wonuld have better speakers! :D

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  13. MikeK

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    Dom

    Not having a go, but following this line of logic, wouldn't you better off using a higher quality stereo set and engaging a virtual DSP mode which can create surround sound from just a set of stereo speakers?
     
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    Yeah, is this not basically just an extention of phantom centre?

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  15. Dom H

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    Your a p*sstaking bunch arent ya ;)


    Doesn't anyone get the question?


    Ok I'll explain it again...


    You have an amp capable of 5.1/ES/EX, you have a budget of £X, how many speakers do you buy?

    Just because I don't like centers doesn't mean I want just 2 for 5.1 jees.

    i.e would 7 cheap speakers sound better than 5 expensive ones?

    Simple enough :rolleyes:
     
  16. Dom H

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    How can you be having a go when A. I haven't really given an answer and B. which line of logic?? I never mentined any logic?
     
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    I´d take the 7 @ 142 quid each, Gallo´s from the Power Buys.;) Assuming I already had a subwoofer.
     
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    Wasn't really taking the p**s Dom, just trying to understand your position generally. Fair enough, I was also considering your centre speaker post, which as you haven't mentioned it, perhaps I shouldn't have. On that point, I stand corrected!


    For a given budget, say £1000, 7 speakers would set you back £143 each (assuming you buy identical speakers), 6 would mean £167 each, while just buying 5 means you can spend £200 on each. While there may be differences, the price difference isn't that big - it would as well entirely depend on the speakers in question. I've certainly heard some more expensive speakers being outperformed (IMO that is) by models costing a lot less (and I'm talking orders of magnitude less).

    So, it's very difficult to answer that question with any kind of meaningful response. I can see where you are coming from, but IMO, generally speaking, the savings made from only buying 5 speakers won't be big enough to allow significantly better performance of each individual speaker over the 6 or 7 speaker setup. Any performance gains on an individual speaker basis, may well be offset by the more convincing rear soundfield of a 6 or 7 speaker setup.


    As to what I would buy, I suppose it depends what I was trying to achieve. If I really wanted ES/EX, then 6 or 7 would be the answer (depending on whether I wanted a rear centre pair or single speaker).
    Subwoofer notwithstanding, and aesthetics to one side for a moment, if on a limited budget, I'd probably be looking at buying 3 pairs of the same model of mag shielded stereo speakers, perhaps 3 pairs of Q1s (which has been suggested elsewhere on these forums).
    Stereo pairs tend to be better value than single speakers, generally speaking.
     
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    If I had a sub I would choose 6, 3xpair Polk Audio LSi38's@£325/but would definitely demo the Gallo's, again I would go for 6. ;)
     
  20. Dom H

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    That's what I was looking for :)

    btw just to clarify I don't mean the budget has to be £1k, can be anything, and I suppose I also mean the best speaker available for each budget.

    to simplify I spose you could say...

    Which is money better speant, higher quality speakers or more speakers?







    on my tombstone - Here lies Dom H, may heaven be in his sweetspot


    actually I wonder if i can have two headstones, 1 either side instead of 1 central? :p
     
  21. bob007

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    If the budget can be anything then the higher the budget wouldn't you be be getting into an area where you would be able to choose quantity and quality?
     
  22. Dom H

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    Yes but..

    ok budget < oh I don't know £10k


    Happy now!? ;)
     
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    Thought your first post was a good question, £1k budget would in most case give food for thought over quality/quantity, £10k, now that's a silly as having no centre speaker, quality/quantity can be bought for that price so it wouldn't answer your question. But at least with £10k you could by a decent centre. :p

    Yes, very happy. :D
     
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    Thats True!!! Logical thought is the last thing i've seen on this thread.
    Can I ask? Is there a point to all this?
    Are you changing your speakers or something or just here to confuse yourself :D
     
  25. Dom H

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    No burt just curious.
     
  26. Dom H

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    Ok then the budget is £1k!!!!!!!

    Jeees
     
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    LOL :D way to confuse us all! 200 odd posts and we all know you already! impressive!

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    Hope his next 200 are not like his first :eek::eek::D
    Only joking Tom my son.
     
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    :D so long as they amuse i dont really care! How about you chippy.......are you going to take your own advice!? :p :D

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