Originally Posted by elockett
I would certainly recommend trying what you own first. If you're satisfied with the sound-you're done. If you decide to buy a new sub, I'd like to know several things:
- Is your bias more toward music, movies, or a 50/50 split?
- How large is the listening room (and does it open to other rooms)?
- Does cosmetics matter and on a related note, does physical size matter?
- Would you have flexability concerning sub placement in the room (or would it have to be placed in a corner for example)?
- What would your absolute budget limit be for the sub? This doesn't mean you'll have to spend up to this limit but it would be nice to know to limit options.
- Would you be open to used product?
I wanted to give an update, I haven't posted in the last two days because I've been busy trying to get things ready. I traded in the Denon 1909 for a Pioneer 1018. I think that the Pioneer has a better amp section than the Denon, plus the pioneer has pre-outs for 5.1 so when I inevitably upgrade to bigger maggies, I'll have some room.
I've decided to take everyone's suggestions and go with the MMG's for the fronts. I've shown pictures to the gf and she likes them in the white - I prefer the black but I'm so excited about getting the speakers that I could care less about the color.
The bad news is that we're going out of town shortly and I don't have time to wait for the speakers before we leave.
So I'll have to wait 2 weeks to order them. I don't want them waiting on my door step for a couple of days and I don't want the person house sitting for me to see my speakers before I do.
That's the update. To answer the questions, I'll be using the system for mostly HT 70% and the rest music. Besides basic TV and movies we'll be watching a lot of concerts on blu-ray (that's the 30%). There will likely not be much 2 channel audio for this system. But I have a feeling once they show up we'll want to play all the music we have on them. If this works out well I may be able to get a pair of 1.6's or bigger for the great room downstairs.
The family room where the MMG's will be going is an acoustic hell. It is a loft type room at the top of the stairs. The master bedroom is on one side and all the other bedrooms are on the other. There is a 72"x72" window on one side and a half wall the opens to the stairway on the opposite wall. I added a few pictures of the room so you can see. The pics are of the empty room, there is a sofa and love seat and shutters on the windows. The TV and speakers will be on the left as from the stairs.
Cosmetics do matter but the gf seemed ok with the size of the MMG's and the 1.6's. She wasn't thrilled on the cost of the 1.6's so we'll start with the MMG's and go from there.
The sub will probably need to be near a corner. The absolute budget on the sub would be around $500. Keep in mind though that we're going for the MMG's so that we don't have to spend a lot on the sub. Just a little boom-boom for the movies.
As far as used products, we want to take advantage of the 60-day trial for the first set. After we're convinced, which I'm sure we will be, we can look at used for the other pieces. We have no problem with used if we know what we're getting or can return it.
Thanks for all your advice so far. As you all can tell I'm too excited to sleep (it's 1:30am and I'm posting pics to avs). We watched the ZZTop blu-ray yesterday and the gf was totally blown away by the energy take 5 setup with the polk PSW10 sub. I can't wait for her to hear the MMG's.