I've been lurking and learning for a while and I finally have a question I can't find a solid answer or opinion on.
After having read a sh$t ton of info on receivers here I picked out a Denon AVR-2113CI from Denon as a refurb. $400 bucks so I figure thats a good deal. I currently haven't an AV system, the ex got it 8 years ago so i'm starting from scratch. we ARE on a budget but I can't justify spending $ at best buy for subpar junk. I'm trying to find a middle ground.
I listen to a variety of music, primarily metal( slayer metallica) but with a mix of country, classical, the occasional old school hip-hop rap, some 70's rock and motown.
We are doing movies more often and we also just got our 1st flat screen. We are in the stone ages in some regard, no cable, no satellite just an antenna and internet for netflix. So we have no need for a fancy system something that will work well for our needs. I will use it 3-4x's per week for when I'm working out so it will get some solid, realistically bordering on abuse when the wife is gone.
I did look at some HK but I decided on the Denon AVR-2113CI so now I need to get some decent speakers. My hearing SUCKS, I have failed hearing tests since a kid and I have nerve deafness in both ears. Understanding the dialogue in movies is hard for me at times but w/ music I feel the lower frequencies really well and i have compensated in the past for volume vs a decent speaker.
I had it whittled down to the HTD level 2 or some polks at the ebay polk store. My hope is that these will rock the basement when I'm lifting but will perform clearly when we watch movies.
HTD choices are:
Level TWO Tower Speakers
Level TWO Black Cherry Powered Subwoofer with 10" woofer and SDA-200 digital amplifier
Level TWO Bookshelf Speakers with 5.25" FCD
Level THREE Center Speaker
This comes out to about $1,096. I choose the level 3 center thinking it would be better for dialogue purposes. I also considered the Level TWO surrounds instead of the bookshelf.
Polk choices are:
RTiA7 CHERRY Tower Loudspeaker Polk Audio
RTiA1 CHERRY bookshelf
CSiA6 Center speaker
These come out to $1,190. Here too I also considered the FXiA4 to compare w/ the HTD surround.
The price is $100 difference. Both have warranties albeit the HTD has the 30 risk free. HOWEVER, given the nearly identical cost of the two I'm wondering which would be better for my hearing, or lack there of. I did read reviews of the HTD towers and I did seem a comment concerning bass reproduction. I did look at the Level Three but there is a significant jump in price.
I do like to feel my metal when I"m working out in the basement so I am leaning towards the larger sized Polk but I'm game to ideas but I have to keep a budget.
Thanks in advanced!
Stereo Noob, Sherbourn SR-120 pushing 5ch Arx/Chane. JTR 218HT prototype