Originally Posted by dmeech10
Thanks for the reply! The reason I want to spend a little more on the AVR is for future "up-gradeability". I'm currently renting (top floor) so a full size system might not be ideal at the moment. But I will eventually buy a house and would like to have a good AVR to push better speakers or provide pre-outs for an amp.
I've seen the HSUs before and they definitely a good value. Would I utilize a big sub like VTF-1 in a condo, or would something smaller do? Also, is mix/matching different product lines (3.1 vs the smaller surrounds) going to pose an issue?
I have not heard of SVS. How's the midrange on those sealed fronts? They must take some power to drive.
In my opinion, AVR technology evolves much more quickly than speaker technology. The Denon receiver I reference gives you a nice receiver with lots of features (HDMI 1.4, 3D, Audyssey MultiEq, etc). I don't see the need for an upgrade for at least 3-5 years and I have found that usually there are enough advances in AVR technology to upgrade every 5 years or so.
Bookshelf speakers are a nice compromise between smaller compact speakers and tower speakers. They will have more midrange, and clearer dialogue typically. If you move to a home in the future, the speakers will be very useable. My opinion on subwoofers (for what it is worth) is that cheaper subwoofers actually distort more and tend to be more boomy. A good HSU or SVS subwoofer will actually have tighter, more accurate bass. Hsu subs tend to have lots of tuning options.
Should not be a problem mixing and matching the Hsu mains and surrounds, but Hsu is great to talk to on the phone and you can certainly ask. They will also work with you on calibrating and tuning your system for optimal sound.
The SVS speaekers have solid midrange but all these speakers are designed to work with a dedicated subwoofer around 80hz.
Being in a condo, you will be able to utilize Audyssey MuliEQ and Dynamic volume to get a good sound without disturbing your neighbors. And if you ever want a little more bass, you will be able to achieve it without having to upgrade