Hi guys, I'm in the process of choosing components for my new mid-range HT system. I have about US$3-4K to burn for the rec/amp and all speakers, but this is the Asian market(I'm in Singapore) so the price might not be the same even after currency conversion. I've come up with an initial list of components to audition, and would appreciate your opinion, here it goes:
Speaker set #1
Paradigm Monitor 9/90p (front)
Paradigm ADP-370 (surround)
Paradigm CC-370 (center)
Paradigm PW-2200 (subwoofer)
Speaker set #2
PSB Image 5T (front)
PSB Image 1B/2B (Surround)
PSB Image 9C (center)
PSB Image Subsonic 6 (subwoofer)
Speaker set #3
Pinnacle Classic Gold Standard (front)
Pinnacle Classic Gold Mini Monitor (surround)
Pinnacle Classic Gold Mini Center (center)
Pinnacle Digital Sub 150 (subwoofer)
Speaker set #4
Acoustic Research AR9 (front)
Acoustic Research AR15/17 (surround)
Acoustic Research AR4C (center)
Acoustic Research ARS300 (subwoofer)
Speaker set #5
KEF Q65.2 (front)
KEF Q85S (surround)
KEF Q95C (center)
KEF 30B (subwoofer)
Speaker set #6
Phase Technology Teatro 7.5 (front)
Phase Technology Teatro 4.5 (surround)
Phase Technology Teatro 6.5 (center)
Phase Technology Power 10/12 (subwoofer)
Pioneer Elite VSX-36TX
Harman Kardon AVR510
Harman Kardon Signature 2.1
I chose the same brand speakers for my various choices coz I thought they would match best, but correct me if I'm wrong, or if there's a better choice.
On the features side, I would like to have Dolby Digital, DTS(preferable ES), THX, and at least 6.1 matrix(7.1 support would be really nice though).
My usage is probably going to be 60% HT and 40% music, but I would still want sound quality to be good on the music side, which is why I might opt to get a separate power amplifier if I can fit it into my budget.
I also have a few questions
1) If I do get a separate power amp, would the power rating and sound quality specs of the receiver be of no importance at all, since the power amp is doing the amplification? In that case would the only important aspect of the receiver be its features?
2) I've heard that Marantz is better "musically" then Denon, but according to their specs, the Denon AVR3801 seems to have a lower THD and a higher SNR than the Marantz models that I listed, even the MM9000(according to manufacturer's specs anyway).
3)I'm not quite familiar with Yamaha receiver models, any suggestions/recommendations to add to my list?
A64 2.5GHz, Chaintech VNF3-250, 2x512MB Kingmax DDR500, XFX 6800GT AGP, SB Audigy2 ZS, Seagate 250GB, SATA, Liteon 12X DVD burner, 16X DVD-ROM.