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  1. Thanks for the advice and guidance everyone, appreciate it. I'll check back in once I've researched a bit more or pulled the trigger!
  2. @kukynas I'm starting to see you point here. So if the processing performed by the SR6012 vs SR7012 is similar enough (is it?), and at half the price, definitely better off getting a good 4ch power amp to pair with it. The Nord amp you linked looks very good and a great price. Would it be too powerful for the 25S surrounds which list a suitable power range of 15-180 watts?
  3. So having a quick look around, is something like the Marantz SR7012 + Rotel RB1582/Emotiva XPA2/Marantz MM7025 going to produce a MUCH better result than the Marantz SR8012 alone, for about the same price or a few hundred dollars more?
  4. oh boy, better get the wife started on a few shopping sprees before I ask any more questions here
  5. Sorry for my ignorance, but how would you set this up, whether it be 7.1 or 11.1 etc. @cwt and @kukynas have mentioned using a power amp with an AVR, which they have explained nicely for me (should've known the budget would get blown coming to this forum!). However, when you use separates, do you need your power amp(s) to provide enough channels to supply the total number of speakers? I can't seem to find a lot of useful guides on this, and it seems you might need multiple amps to power 7-11 speakers in any given setup? What are some examples of power amps suitable for surround sound HT? Can't find many examples of power amps over 7 channels besides the Rotel RMB1512 12 Channel which I'm not sure how the power specs compare to the receivers initially mentioned?
  6. Any suggestions where I might start looking for a setup similarly priced? I've only had experience with AV receivers, not seperate processor/amps. My main concerns as someone with not a lot of experience would be firstly setup, and secondly user friendliness. Need to keep it simple for the whole family to use and enjoy
  7. Hi all So looking at the list below, what would be the main consideration when trying to pick one over the other. There are some slight price differences, but what factors would justify the price one way or the other? · Marantz SR8012 – RRP $5,740 · Integra DRX-R1.1 – RRP $5,295 · Onkyo TX-RZ3100 – RRP $4,499 · Denon AVR-X6400H – RRP $4,999 Any other suggestions similar to these?
  8. @:) al thanks for that reasoning, all makes perfect sense. As long as the budget permits, I'm starting the think the 25S's matched with the 15B's will make a banging combination.
  9. So I still have a few questions about the surround speaker setup: 1. What's the difference between using something like the Paradigm Prestige 15B bookshelf speakers vs Paradigm Prestige 25S surround speakers for SL and SR? 2. How important is it to match surround speakers to surround backs? Could I use one of the above as surrounds, but go for something like the Paradigm SA-ADP in-wall surround speakers for backs?
  10. Thanks for this advice al. 115" is literally the biggest I can fit into the space available, and even then I'm not sure if there won't be some other issue restricting its installation until I get someone around with more knowledge than me. So if 100" is the sweet spot for THX immersion, I have no problem going smaller (I am not trying to compensate for anything else ) @Hatlesschimp appreciate the advice, but unless I'm wrong, this would most likely increase the budget out of my overall range. Also, I am in no way an expert, so trying to keep it fairly simple, and unfortunately a lot of my viewing is still done while my kids are sleeping, so probably no need to go over the top at this stage I have to admit I don't know a lot about atmos setup (or if I will even bother with it), but I will look more into your suggestion of 2 instead of 4 speakers.
  11. @hopefullguy I'd say its a mid-sized budget, and not sure how I make the room bigger? Anyway, my previous purchase was from Eastwood HiFi and would be more than happy to deal there again. @:) al love your recommendation on Paradigm all round, the quicker I plan this whole thing the quicker I can pull the trigger. Not one to sit around thinking too long. Any recommendations for the surrounds, as I really have no idea how much importance to place on these regarding price/size/quality? 4.6m is the length, and seating at 3m shouldn't be a problem WAF wise as this is only to be used as a HT. At this stage thinking of a JVC 7900 with a fixed Oz Theatre 16:9 110-115" screen.
  12. Hi all I'm just starting to plan/research all components for a dedicated HT build. Many components shouldn't be too hard to narrow down to a few to select from, however I'm struggling more with the speaker setup. The room is 4.6m x 4.2m. Main use and consideration here will be for movies, otherwise probably just live sports viewing as well. Haven't decided yet on a 7.1 or 7.1.4 setup yet, so happy to hear thoughts on this regarding the room size/shape etc? I currently have a set of Paradigm Monitor 9's, with matching centre (cc-290) and sub (DSP3100) in the main family room which will all remain there. I have been happy with these for quite some time, so straight away I think of Paradigm again. However, there are so many choices when it comes to speakers I thought I might reach out for some recommendations. Budget for speakers might be around $15k. I could probably manage something like the Paradigm Prestige 85F floorstanders, Prestige 55C centre, Prestige 1000SW sub, and some surrounds. I would most like advice around the surrounds, but I also think there might be a lot of other options for the sub (at around $4.5k) rather than just "matching" it to the front speakers? Also willing to hear other similarly priced (or cheaper) options for the front setup, however I'm no audiophile so really just looking for good quality and bang for my buck. Cheers.
  13. Thanks for all the suggestions re Wavetrain (and for the invite Tony), they definitely look like what I was after. In particular, the Avatar case study is a great example of a HT/lounge setup.
  14. Hi all I am in the process of building a new house, and have decided to convert what was going to be a formal lounge room into a pre-dominantly HT room with the ability to be used a lounge room if needed. I know this may sound silly, but I have my reasons so please don't be too harsh on me Anyway, to balance the dynamics of the 2 rooms I want out of 1, it will require a careful balancing act and a bit of planning. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction for a specialist consultant who could help me with a design in either the Wollongong/Illawarra area, or even in Sydney if need be? There are a couple of specialty HI-FI retailers around here, and I'm sure I could get some great advice from them. However, what I am trying to avoid is being pressured into buying their gear as a part of the consultation process. I have some old gear of my own that will be used, and I like the idea of looking around for whatever new equipment I do need. I do realise I could probably just go to these stores, get advice and not use them at all, but that is not my style. I would rather pay a consultant to give me honest, solid advice and then leave me to source the goods myself. If anyone has suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it. Cheers Nick
  15. Out of curiousity, what setup do you have your 110's in? How do they perform?? I'm currently considering the 110's or atom monitors for a second setup i'm working on.
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