Originally Posted by chiefton
Reviews on the bic pl200 were great. Why would 6 bookshelf shelf speakers be better than 2 floor, 2 surround and 2 bs as the rear?
It would be better simply because the sub is much better. Also, mixing surround speakers with bookshelf speakers nearly defeats the point of bipole surrounds. Bipole surrounds are meant to project a vague sound stage, so whatever else you throw back in a surround sound stage is just going to get smeared away by the bipoles. I would go with either two bipoles or four bookshelf speakers, as mixing the two doesn't make a lot of sense.
As for the tower speakers vs the bookshelf speakers, like I said, the big advantage towers have over bookshelf speakers is deeper bass extension. However, when you set your system, you will probably be crossing the sound over to your sub at 80 hz, which takes away the bass advantage that tower speakers enjoy over bookshelfs. At that point. what makes a difference is the subwoofers, and the VTF2 will be much better than the PL200, trust me on that.
By the way, I htink the Hsu speakers might be a bit overkill for surround speakers. What you might do is use the Hsus as front stage speakers, but save some money and get some of these Behinrger 2030p
speakers as surrounds. They would serve terrifically as surround speakers and save you a couple hundred dollars to hot a full 7.1 system. The mounts to get are the Videosecu side-clamping mounts
, they are by far the best mounts at their price. Not many other mounts are rated to hold as much weight, and those that do require you to drill holes in your speakers, which the Videosecus do not.