Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Newegg is offering the Energy Take 5 Pack for $149 today, and I've been wanting to upgrade my speakers and receiver as I just got a ps3 as a bluray player and am currently using bose acoustimass speakers (no sub, just the base module, though I do have 2 fronts, 2 surrounds and a center) with an older Onkyo receiver (no video, just DD5.1 and DTS 5.1) which I've had for 5-10 years depending on the pieces, and I'm tired of the missing mid-range bass, as well as the lack of a true sub. Also I want to be able to take advantage of the new lossless audio formats, which I currently can't with my older receiver.
I'm a little wary of getting another set of lifestyle sized speakers, and I was reading an old thread saying the Energy c-50 line was a better option (I would like to stay to bookshelf sized, not looking for tower speakers) but I can't find anywhere that sells them anymore other than the manufacturer and those prices are MSRP.
The price looks too good to pass up, though I was originally looking to spend about $400-600 on speakers and a sub.
I'm likely going to purchase the Pioneer VSX-919AH-K as my AV Receiver.
I sit about 12 feet from the TV Which is basically the width of the room, though the room extends left into my dining room and kitchen so in total it is probably 400 sqft, but my viewing area is much smaller, say <200 sqft.
I live in a one bedroom condo with neighbors above and below me, so I'm not looking to shake walls here, but I do want good sound.
Should I grab this deal which I think expires today? Are there other speakers of the bookshelf or lifestyle variety I should consider? Also what do people think of these in combination with the pioneer receiver? And lastly, can anyone recommend a sub to go with the speakers or the speakers you recommend?
I was originally going to replace my receiver, then get a sub, then add speakers piecemeal due to the cost, but at $149 I can afford to do everything at once.
Sorry for the laundry list!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm not EXACTLY a novice, but I really don't know much about speakers.
Oh, and I primarily use the system for TV, Blu-ray and DVD. Music is secondary, but I do still use it for music.