Originally Posted by gooki
$2k for a sub is a fair wack from their perspective. Hell it's a fair wack from my perspective.
If you're putting down $2k on a sub I'd expect each of your other speakers to cost a similar amount. So that's $12k on a 5.1 speaker setup or $16k if you've got 7.1.
Oh brother. Well, $2k is a lot for a subwoofer. Sure. $2k is just a lot, period. Well, mine cost more than that. Its worth more than the 7 speakers combined in the HT. OTOH, my stereo speakers in the living room cost more than that sub and 7 speaker combo put together. My room treatments cost more than those 7 speakers as well.
The main thing with HT speakers, at least in my opinion as of today, are dynamic ability and midbass response, perhaps. HT tracks just aren't mastered to the same level as my extensive classical music collection. What I mean is that I'll take the first two qualities over imaging and soundstage if I had to choose for an HT setup.
So, for an HT only system, I totally think spending as much on the sub(s) as the speakers, if not more, is totally viable. LFE energy in subwoofers is waaaaaaay more potent that the bass in music.
But as the Dude says, ". . . well, that's like your opinion, man . . . "
The above is my opinion on an HT only setup. I would also agree that the display is the biggest deal.
Regarding simple expenditures compared to other hobbies, its just a matter of personal happiness. I spent as much as some people spend on a car on this stuff. My car is a decade old pickup with a current KBB of less than my sub, less than my PJ, less than my stereo speakers, less than my receiver/amp combo.
One of my friends thought I was insane too. It happens. I said, what about your nice roadster? "Oh, cars are TOTALLY different man". He's trying to sell his already to get a new one after a few years. The depreciation in value could buy you some really nice subs.
Another friend plays golf as often as he can. The green fees alone during the course of the year could get you plenty of nice subs. At least if you like nice courses. Oh, Im not even going into the betting aspect of that game . . . its something I dont play anyways.
Another friend has an RV. Im not even going there. I don't even want to know how much it costs to fill up.
Another friend loves to travel. A lawyer who just got back from a cruise in the Galapagos. He was already in S America and Africa last year. He would love to have a kik ass HT, but he prefers to spend on travelling for now. Oh, he wants an Audi RS5 or something.
Another friend has a boat. I forget what the monthly docking fee is, but Im pretty sure it could pay for a student's rent. What I do remember is how much more they can charge you for feul on the water.
I don't have a boat, nor RV, nor fancy sportscar, and no longer have the flexibility that I used to in being able to travel.
What I CAN do is invite over 7-8 friends, make a great dinner, and enjoy movies in a multi-row theater. Every person, each and every, think my HT is the best cinematic experience ever in both video and audio terms. Its fun being able to share a hobby. You could do that with an RV or boat I suppose, but OTOH perhaps not so easily with golf or travel.
Meh. It all works out. If I want to be on a boat, I know who to ask. If my friends want to watch a movie, they know who to ask.