Originally Posted by coolguy2010
Ok..i think i will have to go little over 1K but hopefully it will be worth it...this is what I am trying to finalize - appreciate your feedback!
Infinity Primus P362 (2) - 400$
Infinity Primus P162 (2) - 160$
Infinity Center PC350 - 200$
HSU VTF-2 MK3 - 569$
Total - 5.1 setup = 1329$
IMO the P362 is an outstanding bang for the buck entry level tower. Just keep in mind that every speaker is a compromise especially entry priced towers. To reach that price point the manufacturer has to cut a corner or two - either cheap drivers or cheap crossovers, or a cheaply made cabinet. In this case Infinity chose to stick with good drivers and decent crossovers and saved instead on the cabinet bracing and cabinet stuffing. That's why I think the P162 sounds just slightly better in a small to medium sized room. Where the P362 shines is in large rooms where there added output comes into play. I'm not telling you to buy one over the other, just giving you information to base a decision on.
I want to know if the Energy RC-50 front speakers will be better than P362 for extra 200$.
I wish I could help but I've never heard them side by side, however the matched RC-LCR centers are bloody expensive if you can find one. If you're going to spend that much then consider the OneCall BA VR3/VRC
bundle which I've owned. It will eat the Infinity's lunch if placed with enough room for the rear ports to do their job
. However like the Energies the VRC/VRC bundle is a budget killer and the Infinities are fine speakers.
Speaking in general keep in mind placement options. Speakers sound best with some distance from any walls and that's especially true of any rear ported speaker which need at least 18-24 inches of space behind and beside them for the port to do its job optimally.
Also, about the subwoofer, read about the SVS subwoofer which is little cheaper..
Compare apples to apples. The VTF-2 is a very musical 12" vented subwoofer. The very nice SVS PB10-NSD was a 10" and the 12" PC12-NSD is a lot more money. What I recommend that you do is contact Hsu Research, SVS, Epik, and Elemental Designs and have them each size you a sub. They will almost all slam each others products but none will try to oversell you. Have room dimensions including attached spaces ready when you call. eD will probably be the least expensive but there's usually a wait. Personally I like the Hsu.
Will the VTF-2 MK 3 be "too much" for my room size?
There's almost no such thing as too much sub. You can always turn "too much sub" down, you can't turn too little sub up past 100%.