Originally Posted by benclement11
How do you figure that is going to happen when he is getting a $900 sub and a speaker package costing about the same. Skipping on the rears will save him 1/3 a price of the sub he is getting. He's getting a lot of different advice that is going in opposite directions. I would not spend $700 on a receiver with a budget like this, I think that would be a waste. I personally think his allocation of funds. If anything, skip on the rears, to upgrade the fronts a bit.
My apologies to lizard. I really did offer shotty advice. I'm not familiar with all those Polks you chose, and made some assumptions.
I initially saw the room size and the VTF15 would not meet my desires in that size space. I have a room of similar volume and I know first hand that a second sub transformed my system. But, this is all based on our own personal goals.
I did just take the time to research all the parts and would change my suggestion. The HSU horn speakers are a step in the right direction. Horns are going to give you more punch in a room of that size. I personally think the A3's would be lost in there. Have you considered the Chase Pro10's? They are more money, but with 97db sensativity, you could easily spend less on the receiver and still have more volume. Or have you considered the used market? The Klipsch Heresy could be considered a large bookshelf and can be found all the time for $300/pair. They'd run circles around the A3's or the HSU's in that room.
Again, those extra 2 channels in 7.1 are far less valuable than putting that money into better mains or subs. I've done it.
Have you considered DIY? your money will go alot further in both the DIY or used market. For the $900 on the HSU sub, you could build a pair of THT Tubas or Bill's F20's (both huge, but can be hidden in a room that large).
Sure, these suggestions come with some compromises, but the difference in the two systems would not be subtle, it would be shocking!
Anyway, I realize we all have different priorities and goals. None of this may be for your taste, but you should research it a bit and educate yourself. Best of luck in putting your system together.