yes - pretty much Tim!
I do think I've surpassed reasonable on some things in this hobby. If I could be so bold as to counter three typically recommended pursuits in this hobby and perhaps save someone else some $..
1) don't spend too much money on amps
, you'll not likely be able to tell in a blind test the difference between and AVR and a audiophile amp. (assuming the use of high sensitivity speakers)
2) Mid tier AVRs
are where it's at. You gain little performance in the top level pre-amps or AVRs as compared to a mid tier AVR as far as the things you can actually tell a difference in. My Onkyo TX-NR1007 was excellent. My Onkyo PR
-SC5508 and Sherbourn 7-350 are also excellent! Could my ears tell you the difference? Probably not. However, my wallet could.
3) Don't worry too much about chasing the lowest subsonic frequencies - the juice ain't worth the squeeze. Go for low distortion, multiple subwoofers
, and reach the SPL level's you want, and then forget about being flat to 5 or 10hz.