Originally Posted by Perpendicular
I'm still trying to figure out why you chose such a small Subwoofer. What size is the room that the system will be in?
Room size is 16ft x 18ft. The room has sliding pocket doors, which will restrict the volume to the room itself, as opposed to many listening rooms which spill into a dining room, etc.
I had some concern about this as well. As I said, I had not had a chance to audition the speakers before the purchase (I since have; more on this at the end). The s215 reviews that addressed this were:
"The size of the speakers means they won’t fill cavernous rooms; we wouldn’t recommend using this system in a room larger than around 4m x 4m (13ft x13ft) – but in anything smaller, the Minx system is ideal."
"To its credit, our reasonably large 7x 4m (22ft x 13 ft) listening room was no problem to fill with involving, powerful and wholly convincing surround soundfields."
I called the vendor of the s212 to see if I could upgrade to the x300 for the $200 difference. I was told that I would have to call back Monday and talk to the owner.
It came down to frugality. With the swap, it would have been an additional $200. If I couldn't and had to buy a la carte, it would have been $250. That's nearly a 40% increase for some incremental base.
As with speakers, there is a huge spread in cost with large-screen TVs. In customer reviews, I see the term "good enough" picture quality a lot. It's not as good as the $3000 unit, but is "good enough" at $1000. I felt that the x200 would be "good enough" for how our family will use it. For music listening, I still intend to primarily use my NAD/Proac 2.0 system. It is interesting that my little Tablette 50s are rated 1 Hz lower than the x200.
I got back to Abt this weekend to shop for the AVR, the TV, and the TV stand and listened to the Minx. Last time there, the salesman was pushing the Bose. This one seemed highly critical. He said the staff referred to the Minx as "Bose killers." I was able to listen side-by-side and there was no comparison. About the Bose, the salesman said "it sounds muddy to me," and regarding bass, "there is no bass."
I'm disappointed that the previous salesman would even try to sell me those. He fully admitted that Bose did not have the best sound, but felt that they were good product integrators with their Lifestyle systems.
As for the bass, their listening room is several times the size of mine, and I felt that it was more than "good enough."
They were selling a demo white s212 for $300. I'd have snatched it up if I hadn't already bought. I could have made an s215 for $450, and even had the white rear speakers for my wife!