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To start, I'm 21 years old and I live at home with my parents. I go to college and I'm about halfway through my education. Anyways, I thought I'd explain why I have "my room" and then there's the other rooms.

So the best speaker setup we have in the house now is this:
Receiver: Pioneer VSX-1325-K (same as the Pioneer 33-Elite, just rebranded in Canada)
Front Towers: Kef Q700
Surround Bookshelves: Kef Q100
Center Speaker: Kef Q600c
Subwoofer: Kef Q400b

In my parents room (this is our older setup which got moved upstairs):
Receiver: Pioneer VSX-520-K
Front Speakers: Energy RC-Mini
Center Speaker: Energy RC-Mini Center
Surrounds: Energy RC-Mini
Subwoofer: Energy ESW-C8 (it's junk imo... fairly musical and good but its dust cap buzzes)

And then in my room:
Receiver: Pioneer VSX-1019-AH-K
Front speakers: Energy CF-50
Surround speakers: Energy CF-30
Center speaker: Energy CC-10
Subwoofer: Klipsch RPW-10

For those who aren't familiar with the new Kef Q-series, here it is: http://www.kef.com/ca/newrelease/qseries

The speakers are just amazing to look at in person. And the sound is of extremely high quality. We managed to get the Kef system for just $2450 Canadian (basically an insane price)... and the receiver was an additional $750.

To anyone who is building a home theater setup, check out the new Kef Q-series speakers. I spent a ton of time demoing speakers. I probably spent well over 10 days dedicated to speaker research (as in 12 hours each day for 10 days), spread over the period of a couple months. These Kef Q-series speakers just blow me away in comparison to anything else I've demoed (and I demoed a lot of speakers). Everything about the series (including the subwoofer, bookshelves, tower speakers, center... EVERYTHING) just sounds amazing; the speakers are just... well, they exceed my expectations in every category.

As for the Energy Connoisseur line, it's quite good as well. The Kefs outclass them for sure, but the Energy Connoisseur speakers are very good as well. My setup cost $1550 plus the cost of my receiver, though the extra $1000-ish for the Kef speakers would've been worth it (had I had the money).
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Nice, I've heard a lot about the new Q's, I was going to demo some when I bought my speakers but they didn't have any in stock. It must get quite noisy in your house tongue.gif
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Those look really nice, but aren't they a little light for floor standers? Especially the Q900. I wonder what's up with the construction.

The bookshelf speakers I have are heavier than those things.
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Originally Posted by astrallite;11820139 
Those look really nice, but aren't they a little light for floor standers? Especially the Q900. I wonder what's up with the construction.

The bookshelf speakers I have are heavier than those things.

38 pounds is more than enough weight to our Q700 towers I am thinking ^_^

We were looking at the Q900 floorstandanding tower, but they were $500 more for a pair. Plus they are too tall for our setup (it would block the screen off at certain angles based on the way the room is set up). So the Q700 speakers are ideal. All I can say is the sound that comes from them is more than I could ever ask for. And the look is really cool. I like how they fit 3 woofers down the base, and then a midrange driver at the top with a tweeter in the middle of that. I like that the whole thing is speaker from top to bottom biggrin.gif.

Listening to these things in action is really fun.
    
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I almost forgot to ask, where are the pics? biggrin.gif
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Here's some photos. Unfortunately my phone's camera sucks in low light situations (it's night time right now so inside lights aren't enough).

I took pictures of the Q-series towers without their mesh on them. We didn't set them up with the pins on the bottom (since we have a wood floor).

The theater/tv room. Took pictures of the couches because I can (each seat reclines on both the couches, I enjoy that):

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/3619/photo0203l.jpg
http://img813.imageshack.us/img813/984/photo0204.jpg
http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/4039/photo0205j.jpg
http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/1673/photo0206n.jpg <-- center vertically setup in the cabinet (temporary)
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/4417/photo0207b.jpg
http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/3279/photo0208g.jpg
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/9005/photo0209x.jpg
http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/6366/photo0210fs.jpg
http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/476/photo0211b.jpg
http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/4459/photo0212q.jpg

My setup in my room (I have the surrounds beside the fronts currently, when I game I switch the setup to being properly placed surround):

http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/8121/photo0213f.jpg
http://img573.imageshack.us/img573/4257/photo0214.jpg
http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/1971/photo0215f.jpg
http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/5191/photo0216t.jpg
http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/981/photo0217a.jpg
http://img573.imageshack.us/img573/6966/photo0218p.jpg
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/1846/photo0219l.jpg
http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/1457/photo0220k.jpg <-- figured I'd take a picture of my mouse/keyboard for the hell of it
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Thanks for the pics smile.gif Movie time must be great fun in your house, the dog definitely has the right idea thumb.gif and that TV is HUGE eek.gif
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Originally Posted by tUDJ;11841089 
Thanks for the pics smile.gif Movie time must be great fun in your house, the dog definitely has the right idea thumb.gif and that TV is HUGE eek.gif

biggrin.gif It is huge. 58 inches. It's the Samsung PN58C8000.
    
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Wow, those Kefs floorstanders are a lot smaller than I imagined from the pictures. Reading from the dimensions the 700s are only about 33% bigger than my Usher bookshelf speakers.

In that case the weight makes a lot more sense for the volume.
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Originally Posted by astrallite;11850741 
Wow, those Kefs floorstanders are a lot smaller than I imagined from the pictures. Reading from the dimensions the 700s are only about 33% bigger than my Usher bookshelf speakers.

In that case the weight makes a lot more sense for the volume.

Yeah when I saw them in person I was surprised at how small they were. We got the medium-sized one. The smaller version seems pointlessly small (it seems to function as a standing bookshelf speaker lol), and the larger version is actually decently large (especially since the whole thing is quality speaker from top to bottom, three woofers one midrange and a tweeter covering the whole front).

The medium size worked for us since it's just small enough so it doesn't obstruct viewing angles biggrin.gif
    
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