Originally Posted by Chaos101
Ok so it is looking like I'm going to go for the Enthusiast 2 and the Onkyo 709. Just out of curiosity why do you recommend the Enthusiast 2 over the hybrid 15? Because someone said above that one 15" is better then one 12" but two 12" are better then one 15" and for the time being I am just going to be using one sub and maybe in a year or two I could add a second sub(I am uncertain if this will be possible simply because I don't know what my situation will be like after school is over) and if I am in the market for a second sub I could potentially get another 15" or a 12"(would having a 15" and a 12" together not be good?). Also thank you for the info about the pre-outs. Is an Amp something that I will need to get with this setup or will I be ok with the onkyo 709?
If you can afford the 15" I'd go for it, although I'd hate to be encouraging someone on school loans. Now, two of those HSU 12" for not that much more money gives you more positioning possibilities in your room, which could be advantageous, depending on your room.
If floor speakers might be an issue make sure you have a place for the sub(s) before you decide, too. You can mix sub sizes, and even models/brands, although some prefer not to. Me, I went with a nice sized footprint for a single enclosure with dual 15" drivers (Epik Empire), which is about the same cost as that HSU 15" single
Someday I will pickup another sub, but not an urgent issue as the Empire works great...but you can never have too much bass, can you?
The subs you're considering are self powered (active) so the receiver amp will only be driving the HSU satellites, and the power ratings of all the receivers in the thread should work fine with those satellites to a decent SPL...but could sound even better with more power down the road
. HSU rates those speakers suitable from 10W to 250W per channel. Extra headroom is a good thing.