Originally Posted by munkiez
Sorry more intro level questions. I know a sub is necessary, but will it mess my system up if I do not have one initially? Can i go a couple weeks before I pick one up? Getting antsy want to pull the trigger on something, but the economy is keeping me down
With a limited budget, I'd buy a sub, then the three front speakers, left, right, center. Use your existing speakers for surround duty. Then, when you get more money, fill in the surrounds with better speakers.
But your front three and the sub are the heart of your system, take most of the sound in both movies and music, and the sub is critical for home theater use. If you mostly listen to music, a sub is not really required, especially if you go with floor standing speakers that put out a lot of bass.
You should try to get three matching speakers for the front, but some people opt for floor standing speakers on the left/right and have to get something smaller in the middle.
With a larger budget, and doing as I suggest, I'd consider other options. I'm partial to Ascend, and you could do CBM-170 for your front three, or maybe use the 340 for the center. With their 3-channel sale going on right now, that's $450, or $550 with the 340 center. THe 170 will need a sub, but you may be able to go without one if you use the 340 for all three fronts, again, if it's mostly music.
If you want to go without a sub, you could do 340 all across the front, for $688 shipped, but you need stands for another $100.
You could go with a Hsu or SVS sub, or the ED sub. I'd get at least a 12".
There is a saying that applies to spending more money for what you really want. "You only cry once." Because when you buy cheap stuff that you want to change, you will cry when you pay the first time, and again when you upgrade.