After 12 years of a basic Kenwood stereo system, I'm finally taking the plunge into home theater. Granted, the budget requires a piece-by-piece plunge, but at least it's happening! I've put all the pieces together except the subwoofer, and it HAS to be an SVS sub, so don't try and change my mind. ;-)
However, I'm a bit stuck on which sub to get. My inclination is toward the PB12-NSD, but here's my situation:
My wife and I use the system for 95% tv/movies, 4% video games and 1% music. Granted, those numbers may change with a new setup, but that's accurate for us now. We have a 15-month old daughter and another child due in February, so we won't be listening at earth-shattering volumes very often, but maybe only on rare occasions. Including shipping, we're about $400 away from purchasing a new PB12-NSD, but we're hoping to sell the old stereo for half of that and get the rest of the money for Christmas from our family. We've been saving for over 3 years for a surround system, so we know how to be patient.
My first question is about which sub would be best for us. I've read through plenty of reviews, opinions and every other thought (mostly here at avsforum.com), but I wanted to ask people for some honest recommendations. (BTW, the fronts are Athena F2.2s, a C1.2 in the center and two S.5s for surround).
My second question is about placement of the sub. I know, I'll probably have to try it out in different locations, but I would at least like to go into it with some sort of basic idea about the whole process. I've included a rough map of our room layout. I tried to make it as accurate as possible and I hope it's not too confusing. I've also numbered the wife's preferred locations for the subwoofer, although I'm willing to stick it just about anywhere within reason. Please note, the bedroom on the LEFT is our room (so nobody will be sleeping in there during movies). The rooms at the top are the baby rooms. One is DIRECTLY behind the entertainment center wall and the other is directly behind the 16'3" wall. Spot #3 has a nice bright floor lamp in that corner which we'd hate to move, but I'm still open to suggestions.
My third question is about the $599 price tag for the PB12-NSD. Is that an introductory price for just a limited time? Do we need to bite the bullet and grab one now (i.e. ask for our Christmas money a bit early?) or will this price continue into January of 2007?
My last question can probably wait for a bit, but I want to ask it so I don't forget. My receiver is an Onkyo TX-SR604 with the Audyssey2 setup feature. Is that enough to set up a subwoofer, or do I need the additional SPL meter and Avia disk?
Thanks in advance for your help. I know this is a lot of stuff all at once, but this first bite of my home theater sandwich is a big one for me and I'm extremely grateful for any assistance I get while scarfing the whole thing down. Thanks again.
<><<br /> Cliff