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Small Home Theater – 1723 Monitor S vs 1961

Luis Vazquez
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Hello everyone… looking for additional suggestions and help in deciding between the 1723 Monitor S and the 1961 Towers for a small home theater setup.  The room is 10’11” x 15′ 7″ with 10′ ceilings; for the last 2+ years, the room was used as a dedicated 2 channel listening room; I attached a computer render of the room in its current state; plan is to reuse the acoustic panels.  The desk will remain in the room temporarily.

After trading a few emails with Kristoffer from Arendal, we came up with the following options for LCR:

  1. 1961 Monitor and 1961 Center
  2. 1961 Towers and 1961 Center
  3. 1961 Towers and 1723s Center
  4. 1723s Monitors and 1723s Center

Regardless of the decision for LCR, he recommended the following speakers to complete the rest of the system:

  • 1961 1v (possibly 2)
  • 1961 Surround Speakers (2 pairs – sides and rear)
  • 1961 Height Speakers (1 pair mounted on the ceiling)

I’m leaning towards options 3 and 4 as I’m feel the larger center would provide the most benefit; however, I’m looking for additional suggestions / help from the community.

The 1961 1V has been purchased along with a Marantz Cinema 50 AVR; currently enjoying them within the room.

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Lukas
Customer Support

I also have gray walls and painted the outlets black. It was really bugging me seeing the white ones:)

Luis Vazquez
Active Member

Agreed @Lucas… the white outlets and wall plates stood out way too much with the darker paint color.  I also replaced the door handle and hinges with black matte… looks much better.

Lukas
Customer Support

@Luis

Yeah, those little details make all the difference.

Luis Vazquez
Active Member

My second 1961 1v was delivered today… can’t wait to slide it into place, set it up and listen!!

 

 

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Lukas
Customer Support

Have fun testing Luis:)

Tomas Saliuta
Community Member

My room is similar size I have big 1723 towers. 💪🕺👍

Luis Vazquez
Active Member

Congrats on the 1723 towers!  I would love to see pictures of your room @Tomas Saliuta… are you using 1723 center, surrounds, etc?

Luis Vazquez
Active Member

@Lukas quick updated after having the second 1961 1v subwoofer in our room for the last month or so… as a pair they sound fantastic and pressurize the room extremely well!!  Bass has evened out across the seating area.  Simply amazed by how much pressure these 12″ subwoofers produce; all while sounding very quick and detailed.  All in all, very happy thus far with the entire 1961 line and Marantz Cinema 50 combo.

Tomas Saliuta
Community Member

My centre is 1723s but now I want  1723 :(

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Luis Vazquez
Active Member

Very nice @Tomas Saliuta… maybe it’s the photo, but the rooms looks much bigger than mine.  What’s the size and is it a shared room or open to the rest of the home?  My dedicated room is only 10′ 11″ wide, so with the dual 1961 1v subwoofers and 77″ OLED, I run out of room very quickly for larger towers.

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