OK - so I first apologize for the lame MS paint diagrams of the two rooms I drew. One of the various reasons I am not an architect.
The deal. At my primary house, my family room is my media room. I currently have the following:
Onkyo NR901 (soon to be replaced by the NR809)
Aperion Versus Grand Towers
Aperion Versus Grand Center
Aperion Versus Surrounds DP/BP
You can see the setup in the first attachment. The room is 14.5 long by about 14 wide, but it opens to a large kitchen that is another 17 feet deep. Those rooms have a 8' ceiling. The room has hardwood floors with a crawlspace underneath. I have really enjoyed the HSU, and did not think I was going to upgrade until something happened - we bought a vacation home in AZ (we normally live in Seattle, so you can probably figure out why).
I wanted a dedicated HT room in AZ, but it sadly did not work out that way. In consideration, however, the wife has been pretty lenient about the cost factor of the items I will be buying for the setup in AZ and any upgrading at home (thus the Aperion setup).
The room situation is a little odd in AZ in that the TV will be on a wall with "nooks" and there is no nook for a sub and no room in front of the wall because the path from the kitchen to the bathroom goes right in front of that wall (you can see the opening at the top of the image where the bath is). With the couch we have, it appears the only option for the sub is where I have it in the picture. That room is about 17 long by 12 wide, open to the kitchen and a nook which adds about another 7 feet of depth. The room has 9' ceilings. The room is carpet and on a slab. The second attachment shows that room.
At the AZ house, I am thinking either the Onkyo 609 or 709. There is a 5 speaker in ceiling system already in place. I do not know the quality of the speakers in the ceiling (have not had a chance to pull the grates off).
The sub choices out there at various price ranges are crazy and, in the research I have done on this board, it seems you can always go another $100 or so to the next model up. I say that only because, as noted above, my budgets are not totally set in stone (but certainly not unlimited!).
For the AZ house, considering we are going to be there only about 4-6 weeks per year for the next 5 years or so, I certainly do not need something ultra expensive, but definitely want the space filled. I would like to spend $300-$400 with a max of $500 (if it's worth it) for that house. We are going down the last two weeks of this month and I am going to put off buying a TV and DVD player until the summer to spread the costs out a little (we have A LOT of furniture to buy). We are probably looking at 50/50 movies/music here.
For my home in Seattle, in upgrading, I am looking at around $600-700. HOWEVER, if I am not doing my Aperions justice with that level, I could probably approach $1000, especially if I work the "I didnt get my dedicated HT" card with my wife. The split at my primary home is more like 75/25 movies/music.
Options I am thinking:
1. Buy two subs - one for AZ and one for home, thereby having two subs at home (would definitely want some thoughts on which sub to put where based on the diagram for dual sub configuration). I would keep the HSU in Seattle.
2. Buy two subs but sell the HSU with the point being I could probably go a little higher cost on the sub for my main house.
3. Move the STF-2 to AZ and put all the money (would be much easier $1000 justification) into one sub for my main house.
4. Move the STF-2 to AZ and buy 2 subs for the main house totalling under $1000.
I just saw that the Energy S10.3 is on sale at Newegg for $200. I also see the BIC PL200 for about $100 more and the Klipch RW-D10 for about the same as the BIC. Then there is the RW-D12 for another $100 more than the BIC. This is obviously for AZ or the dual-sub option in Seattle.
For the Seattle house, there are the HSU VTF-2/3/15 options, the SVS PB12-NSD, the Rythmik 12 or 15, and I know a bunch more. Obviously the room is a little smaller, and I do not want to overpower the room (if that is possible).
Sorry for the long post, I apologize if I missed anything, and thanks in advance for the advice!