Thanks for the replies.
Regarding the Ascend CMT-340s for the LR speakers. I have considered this, and if I go with Ascend, I will probably do this. What is the difference between the CBM-170 and the CMT-340 in terms of sound quality? Subjective I know, but I would be interested in hearing opinions about it.
On a related note, what is the difference between the CBM-170 and the HTM-200? Would the CBM-170 make a better surround speaker?
Regarding the AVR: That Pioneer looks nice, but then again, it should for more than $1000 MSRP. It seems like a bit overkill for my usage, and I don't have a Costco membership so I would have to pay close to MSRP. I was planning on getting a 7.1 channel AVR, in case I want to add a few more speakers later, but I highly doubt I will need any more than that any time soon. Someone mentioned the Yamaha RX-V673
, which is on sale for ~400. Would this be better than the Denon? It has an extra sub output (which I probably wouldn't use) and 4K upscaling (it will be a while before I get a 4K TV). No pre-outs, but I don't see myself using that anytime soon, and if I want to in the future, I will probably not mind getting a new AVR.
The Pioneer equivalent appears to be the VSX-1123-K
which is ~$600. If I don't care about 4K upscaling (I don't), then I could probably go down to the VSX-1023-K
for ~$440. Is Pioneer a better brand than Yamaha?
Regarding the sub, what makes the HTF-2 MK4 better than the RW-12d? I assume it is (that extra $250 should be paying for something
) but the specs look pretty similar. This is probably a dumb question, but as I said, I don't know much about audio stuff.
Thanks for all the suggestions so far, it looks like I have more research to do...