I'm looking to upgrade my home theater system... I'm looking at Studio 20's and Studio 60's. I have an SVS PC-12-NSD subwoofer.
I'm wanting to know which would sound better between the 20's and 60's? Someone mentioned that they read a review that said the 20's sounded better than the 100's.
Do I really need the woofers that the 60's provide given that I already have a sub? Also, I noticed the difference in size of the midrange on the 20's (7 in) and 60's (5-1/2 in), how much of adifference does the size make. I want to get a full range of sound out of my system.
I was able to listen to the 20's and they sounded great. I was not able to listen to the 60's.... the dealer told me that only people with small rooms (those who don't have the room for towers) buy the 20's. I have the room for either. Given the total change in direction as to what speakers I should get, I actually forgot to listen to the 60's, they were in a different room.
Question is, what would be the best (20's or 60's) for a home theater system... I will also be listening to music, but not as much as HT.
Also, what center channel would work best for my setup? The Studio CC-490 or Studio CC-590 ... I'm sure the 590 would be the best, but do I need it?
IMHO, the 60 not only sounds better but will handle much higher levels, even with a subwoofer. I use 3 60s up front and a pair of 20s for the surround.
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60's it is then. I also think they are better looking than the Studio 20's
Thanks again.... I'm going to the dealer tomorrow to listen to the 60's since I forgot to when I was there... lol.
About the center channels.... The Studio CC-490 or Studio CC-590? They have one at the dealer and it was around $1400 and HUGE, not sure what model it was but it was too big for the shelf I have below my Plasma TV, so I'm going to have to go with the smaller $700 center. Though I'm not sure what the model number is, I know there are 3 different sizes though. I'll have to measure my shelf to see which will fit.
Just did some measurements and the Studio CC-490 is just under 12 inches deep, my shelf is only 10 inches... doesn't that suck!!! Oh well, looks like I'll be upgrading my shelf too. If I get a bigger shelf I have enough clearance for either the 490 or 590.
As for the center.......the 590 is just a crazy nice center. If you have the funds...jump on it and don't look back.
A very important factor though that has not been mentioned...What are you driving the speakers with? If you go 60's and a 590 I would make sure you have some serious amplification driving them. Even though they are relatively sensitive....they REALLY shine with a good robust amp section.
Output Power 300 Watt
Amplifier Output Details 130 Watt - 8 Ohm - 20 - 20000 Hz - THD 0.05% - 1 channel(s) ( center ), 130 Watt - 8 Ohm - 20 - 20000 Hz - THD 0.05% - 2 channel(s) ( front ), 130 Watt - 8 Ohm - 20 - 20000 Hz - THD 0.05% - 2 channel(s) ( surround ), 130 Watt - 8 Ohm - 20 - 20000 Hz - THD 0.05% - 2 channel(s) ( surround back ), 180 Watt - 6 Ohm - at 1 kHz - THD 0.05% - 1 channel(s) ( center ), 180 Watt - 6 Ohm - at 1 kHz - THD 0.05% - 2 channel(s) ( front ), 180 Watt - 6 Ohm - at 1 kHz - THD 0.05% - 2 channel(s) ( surround ), 180 Watt - 6 Ohm - at 1 kHz - THD 0.05% - 2 channel(s) ( surround back )
Surround Sound Effects Neural Surround, XM HD Surround
Sound Output Type Surround Sound
3D Ready No
Built-in Decoders DTS-HD decoder, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, THX Select 2
Equalizer Included Yes
Equalizer Type Digital graphic
Receiver Tuner Type Digital
Receiver Tuner Bands AM/FM
Response Bandwidth 5 - 100000 Hz
Input Impedance 47 kOhm
Input Sensitivity 200 mV
Power Consumption Operational 870 Watt
Connectors Type 1 X Component output - rear, 1 X Composite (Video) output - rear, 1 X Digital Optical input - front, 1 X Digital Optical output - rear, 1 X HDMI output - rear, 1 X Headphones output - front, 1 X Multichannel Analog Audio input - rear, 1 X Multichannel Analog Audio output - rear, 1 X RCA (2 Audio Channels) input - front, 1 X RCA (2 Audio Channels) output - rear, 1 X S-Video input - front, 1 X S-Video output - rear, 2 X Digital Optical input - rear, 3 X Analog Audio input - rear, 3 X Analog Audio output - rear, 3 X Component input - rear, 3 X Digital Coaxial input - rear, 3 X HDMI input - rear, 5 X RCA (2 Audio Channels) input - rear, 5 X S-Video input - rear
Coaxial Digital Input Yes
Optical Digital Input Yes
Optical Digital Output Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
You want 105db peaks out of your main channels to be at "reference". However, you want to hit those peaks without distortion.
This may be difficult for just an AVR to accomplish depending on the size of your room and speaker placement.
Just the 2 tower speakers in my room = 109.5 dB SPL at listening postion
The 2 towers and the CC-490= 110.2 dB SPL at listening postion
The 2 towers and the CC-590= 111.2 dB SPL at listening postion
Not sure what to make of those readings.
I'll be able to pay them off in about a week or so... Also, I went for the Rosewood finish.
Studio 60 = $960 each ($1,199 each retail)
CC-490 = $680 ($799 retail)
and of course = TAX = $189.80
Drew, could you look over the numbers I posted above and tell me what they mean? lol