Originally Posted by Bond 007
When you come out of the gate with $1000 some people will just tell you to buy a beast whether you need it or not.
Expanding on your above in my below, a bit of Home Theater philosophy here:
In truth, most need, at minimum, two beasts in their sound system unless they're wanting anemic bass movie soundtrack sound reproduction. The question is not do they need a beast or if they need two beasts because in truth, the real question is how big of a beast can one afford? In the end, in the case of Home Theater and what's what with what, it all comes down to budget and to what extent one's budget will allow them to buy.
Remembering, ignorance is bliss and ignorant bliss is better than knowledgeable dissatisfaction. That being said, blissful satisfaction being the ideal, it's all about budget and to what extent can one dedicate their fiscal resources to this ideal; indulgence.
Budgets need to be set and then smashed if one expects satisfaction. If one wishes to be true to their budget, then one will have to accept limiting themselves accordingly. It's better to buy one large beast, to be added to a year down the road, than it is to buy two anemic beasts and be finished........only to later realize they're dissatisfied and in need of seriously upgrading their bass reproduction system, which they now wish they had done in the first place, at even more time and expense; the act of throwing good money after bad.
(Always buy equipment one or two steps above what you think is reasonable as nobody ever says; boy, I sure wish I had bought junk. Look at all the money I would have saved.)
If I were just getting started and didn't know anything, I'd pick up a pair of Klipsch, RW-12d's or a pair of Martin Logan, Dynamo, 700w's and be happy.
If I were just getting started and wanted to push my budget and improve on the above recommendation, I'd get a pair of SVS, PB12-NSD's and be very happy.
If I were just getting started and had the money, I'd get a pair of Hsu, ULS-15's and think I was a freaking genius.
So forth and so on, going up the fiscal ladder as again, it's about experience, budget and in the end, what a person's real expectations are as opposed to what the basis of their first budget is. Ultimately, FWIW, philosophically speaking, the goal is "smile factor" and how big of a smile one has on their face (satisfaction) at the moment when movie bass tracks are played at THX reference levels and you feel the bass.
Do with the above philosophical intervention as you will for other than wasted time reading my above, the price of the above philosophical ramblings was exactly $0.00 dollars.