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Bought a Panasonic 65ZT60 (65" Plasma) that was delivered Friday. Best Buy Geek squad came out later same day and did their assessment and gave me several proposals that I received yesterday. The previous day I had 34" high 65" wide storage cabinet delivered to house a blue ray DVD player, cable box, and turntable (composite). It was part of a large entertainment center with 2 towers and then a bridge purchased at Gallery Furniture in Houston. I did not buy the bridge or end pieces (just the center console) as I am going to have the TV Mounted on the wall and wanted to see if the TV would fit within the confines of the side pieces with the overhead bridge shelf. Will sit whatever center channel I buy in the middle of the credenza just below the hung TV. There is 39 inches from the credenza table top to the lower part of the bridge connecting the towers and since the TV I bought is 35" tall without stand and 38 5/8" tall with stand it means I would have to leave the TV on the stand on top of the TV giving me less than an inch clearance on the top or would only allow me less than 4" above the credenza top to the bottom edge of TV to hang on wall which would result in not enough space for a regular 6 or 7" center channel if placed in the center of the credenza top. So leaning against that as that does not allow flexibility if I decide to go bigger to say a 75" in a few years when OLED 4K etc prices come down and more content is available.
Does that make sense?
Anyway I digressed. Im somewhat settled in on the Receiver (Pioneer Elite VX 70 7.2) and looking for advice regarding speaker selections. The downstaris living room is 15' 4" Wide (TV wall) and 18' long with the main viewing couch being around 13' from TV if mounted on wall. Due to the way the joists are directed in downstairs living/TV room (Parallel to TV wall in ceiling) setting up rear speakers and up high and behind the couch for surround sound is a sheetrock.and baseboard tear up and repair headache so Im going to stick with 2 floor speakers, a center channel, and one subwoofer.
It is my understanding after reading some posts this forum that I should stick with the same brand/line for the center and floor speakers but the sub does not necessarily have to be the same. Is that correct?
Best Buy recommended a Pioneer Elite VSX-70 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver in both proposals. While I dont anticipate a need having two subs (is that what the 2 is in 7.2?) I may eventually decide to add the rear speakers for surround sound for either the house I am in now (unless cost prohibitive) or if we move so that gives me some flexibility to add in the future. It has the Airplay feature allowing music to be played wirelessly from Iphone. While I don't have an iPhone I will in September when new Iphone models are released.
In Proposal # 1 BB recommended their low end priced Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) 684B Floor speakers, a B&W (HTM 62B) 2 way center channel speaker, and a B&W (ASW69STB) 200 watt powered 8" subwoofer .
BB's proposal # 2 was based on the fact I have a pair of old Definitive BP-8 speakers that are between 12-15 years old that could be moved downstairs and hooked up to the new TV . In that proposal BB recommended the same Pioneer Elite VSX 700 Receiver with a Definitive (CS-8040HD) 4'1/2 inch Center Channel loudspeaker and a Definitive Technology (PROSUB800BL A) PROSUB 800 *" 300 Watt subwoofer.
On a random stop at a Modia store here inHouston the salesman said he had an old Definitive Center channel Model CLR 1000 that matched with the old BP-8s (12-15 years old) still in an opened box. Even so those speakers would be between 12-15 years old. The BP-8s are bipolar speakers, sound great, and are in great condition but Im think probably better off going with something new and keep those two BP-8 speakers hooked up to a stereo in bedroom upstairs in Master Bedroom even if it is not used very much
I went back to BB last night to measure sizes and listen to the speakers again and of course came away more confused than before. I listened to some Martin Logan Motion 40 floor speakers along with the complementary Motion 8 Center Channel speaker and compared them to the 3 different B&W floor speakers ranging from $550 to $1500 each alternating between two different B&W Center channels
(a C MCCG(or 6?)B and HTM61B) (Both Centers were same price but the 61B model was 8" tall and 21' wide vs HTM 61b 6 1/'12 tall and 19" wide. Unfortunately the center channel recommended by BB Geek Squad (HTM 62B) was not hooked up so I could not hear it. I don't particularly like the looks of the black ash finish in the mid and lower price ranged B&W speakers. The high end $1500 apiece B&Ws have a beautiful glossy finish The center channel recommended by BB was a couple hundred less than the other two center channels, but like the larger of the more expensive 2 B&W Center channels, it had that dull black ash finish. The smaller $649 6'1/2" B&W center channel had the same kind of glossy finish as the $1500 B&W floor speaker. They are visually more appealing but the speakers in the larger 8" height center are bigger and sound a bit better. Not much but there is some difference
Then when I compare to the Martin and Logan Motion 40s (attractive glossy speakers) which are priced between the mid level range and high end BB B&@ floor speakers the sound better than the mid level B& W but not as good as the high end B&W speakers.
I dont want to spend $1500 per speaker for the high end B&Ws but am willing to go up price and quality wise from what BB gave me in their proposal which included low end B&Ws speaker for both floor and center channel. Since you get a free Motion 8 Center channel with the Motion 40 Martin Logans at Best Buy the total price for the 2 floor and Center Martin Logans is a little less ($250) as compared to going with the mid price ranged B&W (683B) and either one of their higher end (at BB) center channels ($2150 total). I like the looks of the glossy finish of Martin Logans and put their sound quality on par or higher slightly higher than the $ &750 per speaker mid priced 683B B&Ws but not as good at he high end B&Ws (nor should they based on price) . I dont want to get caught up in looks over substance/quality of sound but that does factor in at some minimal level
Any advice regarding what I should go with in regards to the Martin Logans or B&Ws? And any recommendations about a complementary sub and whether I should go with 8" or 10" based on the floor and center channel speakers I go with.
Sorry again for the long write/read. I got carried away