I could really use the advice of someone who is experienced in home theaters as I purchase my first non Walmart boxed home theater system. The amount I am spending is a very sizeable amount for me and hopefully someone can keep me from making any mistakes with my first crack at this.
Here is what all I am thinking about purchasing along with some questions I have:
price range- $1,000-$2,000Sony STR DN1000
- (Love the look and want to match it with my Bravia TV) 100 watts x 7. I am wondering if this receiver will provide enough power for the bookshelfs I am looking at..........
Bookshelfs front left and right- Polk Audio RTi A1
. 20-125 watts. 20-26k hz. 89db. is 100 watts enough or is that too much speaker without an amp?
Surround- Here is yet another question. Would I just buy another pair of the bookshelfs I am using to use as my surround speakers? or would these be a better match? Polk Audio FXi A4
20-150 watts. 60-26,000 Hz (-3dB). 88 dB.
Center- Polk Audio CSi A4
20-200 watts. 65-25,000 Hz (-3dB). 89 dB.
Subwoofer. Polk Audio DSW PRO 400
180 watts. 30-125 Hz. Crutchfield is running a special on polk subs, buy $500 or so worth of polk speakers get a free polk sub (or $400 dollars towards a different polk sub) I am thinking about this sub as an upgrade, i would essentially get a $450 sub for $150. It seems from looking at the specs that this sub is far off from top end. When paired with the bookshelfs will I have acceptable amount of bass? Should I kick out an extra $110 dollars for the next model which gives 20 more watts? Kick out even more for 20 more watts again?
This setup will run about $1700 at cruchfield with speaker stand, wire, and cable.
My goal here is to end up with a HT system that is way better than anything I would have gotten in a box from Walmart. I would also like to leave the door open for adding an amp and towers one day down the road, hopefully this system achieves that.
Will this setup be worth the money compared to pre boxed sets in a similar price range? Does anyone know of a place i can get this stuff cheaper than Crutchfield?
Thank you very much to anyone who took the time to read through this and offer some helpful advice.