Hello all. I've been using Infinity speakers in a 2.0 arrangement for the past 15 years or so. They've been great, but recently I started hearing a large amount of distortion from them in the low end. I popped off the front grill and found that the foam around the outer rims of the woofers had become shredded and was falling away.
Dunno why this happened all of a sudden -- the speakers had held up great until now, surviving periodic loud music playing, acting as monitor speakers for my analog synth playing, etc. I can only guess that my new Denon AVR-888 puts out more bass than my previous Sony and Pioneer receivers, and that the (aged) Infinity woofers couldn't cope?
I've been meaning to move to 5.1 or 7.1 for a long time anyhow, so I guess the time is now. Money is tight for me currently since I'm trying to save for a house, but I have a little over $1,000 worth of Sony Card
rewards points that I can cash in for free Sony gear.
Therefore I'm trying to figure out what the best sounding option is going to be for a Sony 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup for $1,000 or under. In my current apartment, there's not really room for a 7.1 setup (though 6.1 using a single back center speaker would be fairly doable), so I will probably go with 5.1, but I'd like to get two more matched surrounds so that when I hopefully move into that house in a couple of years I'll be able to move to 7.1 without having to buy all new speakers.
Sony is not making my choice easy as they don't seem to sell any 5.1 / 7.1 speaker bundles that don't include a DVD player or receiver. I am very well set up in both of those categories, so I don't like the fact that a good chunk of my money that I would want to be going to speaker quality is going to redundant components. There was the SA-FT7ED 5.1 speaker bundle, but it's been discontinued and doesn't seem to be available for sale anywhere new (and I have to buy from an authorized Sony dealer for my Sony rewards points to work) except for directly from Sony
It's also very unfortunate that the SA-FT7ED was the only bundle that Sony seems to sell additional surround speakers for (the SS-FRF7ED
). I'm hoping that you can at least buy additional surround speakers for their HTIB systems as special-order parts...??
Besides getting one of their HTIB systems and selling the extra component, I guess my other option would be to put together my own set of speakers from their component speaker line
? Looks like I could get 6 SS-F7000 floor-standing speakers, an SA-W3800 powered sub, and a SS-CN5000 center channel for under $1,000 (though I haven't confirmed that those prices are definitely from authorized Sony dealers). Would that make for audio goodness? Or would it sound weird to use full-range stereo speakers as front, side, and rear satellites?
I'm having a lot of trouble finding knowledgeable reviews of Sony speakers, so any guidance you guys can provide would be extremely appreciated. If the answer turns out to be that all Sony speakers suck and I should put my free $1,000 towards a Sony HD videocamera (something I'll be wanting down the road, though I'm fine with my Sony standard-def camera for now) instead, I can deal with that, though I would certainly like to avoid having to put out a large amount of money for another manufacturer's speakers right now.