Originally Posted by antoraj12
Thanks for all the suggestions guys!
Some follow-up questions:
1. Don't you think BIC F12 is a bit too much for my living room? - Especially when i am living in a not-so-modern apartment (3rd floor)?
2. I've ~$400 to spend on my speakers and sub-woofer. As Elihawk mentioned, can I go in for a good pair of bookshelf, CC and a sub to start with and then add surrounds later? - If i go with this approach, will I miss anything by not having those surround speakers, especially when watching movies?
3. The Energy Take 5 speakers frequency range is 115Hz-20KHz; Energy's CC freq response is 110Hz-20KHz; and Energy ESW C8 freq response is 36Hz-180Hz.
Do you think it's a good combination, because i am not sure how to co-relate those freqencies :-(
not sure what your background is, but maybe a few basic facts will help understand speakers and answer quesion 3
1) Sound ranges from 20Hz to 20kHz. ideally, your speakers should cover that whole range.
2) Below 80Hz, humans can't localized where the sound is coming from. That is why subwoofers are separate boxes from speakers, they can be placed anywhere and you won't be able to tell where they are.
3) Most music only goes down to 40Hz or so. (exceptions are bass heavy techno and rap, and some pipe organ notes). So subwoofers are neede much more for home theater than most music.
4) it takes way more power to make a lower note than a higher one. That is why subs tend to have 10"-18" woofers and normal speakers have 4"-8" woofer cones. Also, that is why subs are big and have their own built in amplifier.
5) You generally want your main speakers to play down to about 60Hz at least so you can set the crossover to 80Hz.
6) Frequency response measurement usually refer to plus/minus 3dB. That means the speaker can play equal volume, within 3dB, in the specified range. It will still have some output below it lower 3dB frequency, but less than the rest of the range.
So, as far as the Take 5 set, since they only play down to 115Hz, you would have to set the crossover at about 120 Hz, not ideal because you might then detect where the sub is, which people usually find less than ideal. If you set the crossover to 80Hz, there would be a big gap between 80Hz and 115Hz with less sound. Also, that sub only plays down to 36Hz, so it is pretty weak. The only reason to get speakers as small as the Take 5 is pure aesthetics, ie, you want tiny speakers for visual reasons.
As far as question 1, subs can always be turned down if there is too much rumble. You can do that on the sub itself using the gain control, or with you AVR. You can never turn a bad sub up or make it play lower frequencies than it is rated.
As far as question 2, it will sound more immersive with surrounds, but that is up to you whether you want to wait or get it all now.
Finally, how did you pick the Yamaha receiver? What features do you want/need?