[quote name="Landmonster" url="/t/1445913/new-guy-looking-for-2013-speaker-advice-and-
- Whatt are some decent speaker brands to look at for 2012/2013?
- Is NHT still any good, are are they now junk/defunct/lousy/etc? (I had heard they used to represent very hi-fi sound at an affordable price.)
- What are some decent receiver brands to look at? (Is Denon still a top choice, or decent choice for high-end AV receivers, or is there something better now?)
- What is the best preferred movie format for best quality video/sound quality for a home theater? Is it Bluray, I assume?
- Will the PS3 suffice for my movie playback in a home theater, or should I invest in some kind of dedicated player?
- What is the best preferred audio format, for the best possible sound for music enjoyment? ( Is DVD-audio still king, or is there something newer and better?)
- Is the new 3D technology worth investigating, or is it a gimmick?
I know I probably just opened a can of worms, but I'm trying to get back into this game after being out of it for 10 years. Any detailed advice will be appreciated![/quote]
1) as mentioned above, there are many good brands. On these Internet forums, you will find many recommending ID brands. Some of the popular ones are Aperion, Ascend, Salk, JTR, SVS, Emotiva, Hsu.... There is still some good value and good products from traditional brands, if you can get them below MSRP. Kef, Focal, Monitor Audio, Paradigm and others still make good products.
2) I own NHT on wall speakers, but in general I would say they have fallen behind a bit. I think they are trying to make a bit of a comeback with some new products. Mostly, for home theater, their speakers seem to be somewhat low sensitivity. So, you would need a bit more power to drive them.
3) Denon is still a major player. Each brand will have fans and has its pluses and minuses. The main advantage of Onkyo is the street price rapidly drops, so you do get a lot for little money. But, until you get to their higher end, you only get the lowest form of Audyssey room correction as compared to Denon, which gives you much better versions. Also, recently Onkyo has has quality and customer service issues and overheating issues. Pioneer and Yamaha use their own versions of room correction. Also, most AVRs now are the main Internet hub with streaming services and AirPlay etc.
5) I use a PS3 in one room. Works fine. Other BDPs will have more streaming options, but probably no need to replace the PS3.
6) SACDs are great. Lossless files from a server or PC. bluray concerts.
7) don't have 3D, so can't comment.