Originally Posted by LynnJ
Thanks for the response. If I were to back down to something like the Denon 3312 instead, and back down the TV to something more in the $2k range, what would you do on the speaker side of things? I'm not familiar with eD, though in looking at their speakers, they look to be bookshelf size, and I think I would prefer floor standing speakers in the front.
You can't do much better than the eD's for HT for anywhere around their price. The JTR Triple 8's would be the next step in my opinion. Any savings from a lesser display etc, should be applied toward room optimization. Purchasing OmniMic from Parts Express, and some simple acoustic treatments would enable you to take a set of parts and mess them into a jaw dropping, realistic HT experience. OmniMic, is extremely simple to use. Minutes, no kidding, minutes from unpacking, you can be performing simple measurements to optimize the blend of the sub/mains to your space. It's all about the room.
At your budget;Panasonic
receiver (or whatever,...find the features you want,..Audyessy etc.)eD
mains, all identical, smaller surrounds and stick with 5.1Seaton Submersive/JTR Captivator
(Seaton for regular spaces, Cap for large spaces)OmniMic
, and some simple acoustic treatments and optimizing techniques(bass traps first, first reflection points second, additional diffusion third)
This system would blow you away. If you've never had the pleasure of experiencing what high sensitivity/high output/low distortion loudspeaker designs, it takes you closer to the ideal. Typical hifi speakers, with dome tweeter approaches have served us well for decades for music. However Home Theater and the incredible soundtracks that accompany releases these days are phenomenal. The transients and huge dynamics that occur in these soundtracks task loudspeakers with dynamic swings that easily encompass 30-35db. These huge transients
, and the amounts of energy needed for realism aren't suited for typical dome tweeter offerings.
This brings us to todays loudspeaker designs, and many of the best have compression drivers. These eD mains in a typical room, with these drivers and modern HT material, would enable low distortion reference level at the listening position, and likely high resolution bass w/extension down to 10hz depending on cabin gain. This would be quite capable.
If dynamic realism isn't a priority, then you could easily pursue other approaches. But if dynamic realism is an aspect you're interested in, then I'd certainly contact eD, JTR, and Mark Seaton.