Originally Posted by AudioDummy
Thank you XEagleDriver for your detailed reply... very appreciated!
I'm not sure if this will change your opinion or not, but the cnet link you provided is not the same model that I purchased. The starting price for the model I purchased is equivalent to the price I paid ($599).
My bad, glad you were not overcharged for what you bought
Has your opinion changed with the actual model that I purchased?
, due to the other reasons stated on the quality and limitations to the design of this Bose product.
Glad you have the option and I understand sticking to your decisions in most circumstances.
Yes, I can return for a full refund for up-to 30 days... It's normally not my thing to buy and return, but like I said, I normally don't buy on impulse.
Your money and your call on the best course of action.
Yes, according to Crutchfield's web site the specs on the correct Bose system, it still has only 2" drivers and a 5" subwoofer.
In the cnet link you provided, they provide the size of the drivers, which are 2"... however, the accurate cnet link of the model I purchased, they do not indicate driver size. Do you think my speakers are the same size (2") / and model?
(Assuming I got this one right!
Quite a few things actually.If available, listening to them with material I am familiar with is #1 by far
Ok, so I am looking at the PSB b15 speakers, from the cnet link that you have provided, the speaker drivers are a 1/4 inch bigger ... is this what your comparing? Essentially, my question is, what do I look for when comparing speakers / subs? Driver size?
(but not always possible).
So I also use; manufacturer reputation, driver size and quality, professional and user reviews, testing results (frequency response curves), etc.
With that said, ensure you are comparing apples to apples
, i.e. the 5.25" PSB speaker
is not 1/4" greater than the Bose, but 3 1/4" greater than the 2" Bose speaker
--a very significant difference! Likewise, for the subwoofer, the comparison is the 10" Dayton compared to the 5" Bose (also a very significant 5" difference).
I agree, concentrate on getting quality 2.1 or 3.1 components now
You're absolutely right... Down the road, if I move into a house, I can upgrade into a 5.1. Right now, I think a 2.1 is what I should start with.
, but if you play your cards right, these components can stay in your system even if you grow it sometime in the future.
For example, the PSB B-15s can be excellent Front L & R speakers now (when paired with a good subwoofer). But,should you expand in the future, the B-15s can be moved to be surround speakers in a 5.1 system by purchasing even more capable front speakers, such as T-45 or T-55 tower speakers. This migration is not possible with the Bose system.
All good questions, none with exact and complete answers--but here I go.
1) What do I look for in a receiver to determine the extent of its ability to "expand"...
2) Meaning, if I purchase the one that you suggested, what are my limitations? Essentially,
3) what distinguishes a 200 dollar receiver vs 500+?
4) Lastly, would a 200 dollar receiver compromise the performance of the speakers? Or would I be getting more "juice" out of my speakers by using a more expensive receiver?
1) It should have current CODECs (i.e. new Bluray audio for example), ample # of relevant inputs (HDMI for example) to your needs now and maybe one or two extra (for an additional game system), pre-amp outputs are very useful to add external (more powerful) amps later on. That last feature normally is found a few rungs up the ladder of available receivers--probably not in your stated budget ATT.
2) No pre-amp outputs, limited HDMI connnections.
3) See answer #1, and compare two of your choice online
4) No, normally only more expensive/exotic speakers are "difficult" to drive and might require more power. If you stick with speakers that are 6-8 ohms and have a sensitivity rating of ~87 dB or more you will be OK.
I hear you, felt the same way when I started a few years back.
Thanks again... I have to admit, I am a bit intimidated, and all I really want is a quality system for my money... There's so many options and models out there! I do want to be careful and make the smart purchase - hopefully that can happen sooner than later!
In my book, dump the Bose and buy components that will be a solid 2.1 now and a good foundation for future 3.1, 5.1, etc. is the most cost effective way to go.
FWIW, I am not a big HTIB fan because although the entry price is low enough, I find the speaker quality is generally poor (partly because they provide so many of them up front).
To your first point, I agree with you--quality 2.1 now
Thanks... I think the best scenario would be to start with a 2.1 or 3.1 and then in time expand. Right now the room I'm using is not ideal for surround sound, but I don't expect to live hear forever... with that said, would it be smart to buy a 7.1 and only use 2 or 3 speakers... and eventually set-up the others when I'm ready?
and build when your interest or living conditions dictate.On the second point, NO
, why waste money on stuff you will not use at the expense of quality on the items you will use now! -- instead, get much BETTER 2.1 speakers now, you will not regret it.