Yes, these are the speakers that I have been checking out because they are the ones I can personally audition. I wish there were more stores that has lots speakers to audition.
Originally Posted by tonessssb
It would help if you tell us what speakers you plan to use as surrounds
From the above discussion, I would probably either use the jbl tower speakers or the little satellite speakers. As mentioned, I am concentrating more on the two front, center and sub. The backs aren't that critical to me at the moment.
Originally Posted by Transmaniacon
For home theater, the front three speakers ideally should be identical. This creates the best possible imaging and is what I would recommend. Now, is your screen accoustically transparent? If so, then you can get three speakers and stick them right behind it, otherwise, how much space is between the screen and floor?
I would consider three bookshelves, and then a pair of good subs. If we assume your budget is $2000 and you have surrounds already, spend $1200 on subs, and the rest on three bookshelves for the front sound stage.
I would recommend (3) Ascend CMT-340SE and (2) Rythmik LV12R. This puts your right at around $2000, and will give you an amazing theater experience. Take a look at the Ascend Owner's thread, they make fantasctic speakers and the LV12R is one of the best subs at it's price point. The reason I suggest dual subs is the size of your room (subs need to pressurize the room volume) and dual subs help even out your response and create more consistent bass in the room.
For sure I will keep the front three speakers the same manufacturer for they are the most important. My screen isn't acoustically transparent. However, I am considering bookshelves speakers as well if they provide that powerful theater sound that I want.
I would have about 2 feet clearance between the bottom of the screen and the floor.
Yes I do want to get dual subs either now or eventually but one for sure!
Originally Posted by GIEGAR ^ +1 ^ That is a terrific recommendation!
I was going to come back to make B&M and ID recommendations, but I can't top that for a ~$2K movie-centric system. That will be outstanding for both movies and music.
OP Steve: If you had your heart set on towers (or just prefer the look), Ascend also have matching pedestal stands
(currently on sale) for the CMT-340SE's that provide the tower look. The recommended surrounds are the CBM-170SE's
, which also happen to be on sale (hint).
That only leaves the question of the Pioneer:
No I don't, but that doesn't necessarily mean you need to replace it either.
The AVR needs to be able to power your speakers to your desired maximum volume levels without distorting (clipping), overheating, shutting down or otherwise misbehaving. The first aspect of this is being able to provide sufficient drive into the impedance load that the speaker presents. The VSX-1022-K is rated for 6Ω -16Ω speaker loads, so in the case of these Ascend's with a stated 8Ω average impedance, there's no problem.
The second aspect of this is the AVR being able to generate sufficient clean power for the speakers to play at your desired maximum level. This power requirement is dependant on a number of variables including speaker sensitivity, listening distance, room gain and of course, your listening preferences. For example, we know the Ascends sensitivity (90dB/1W/1m), so if you can give us an idea of listening distance, room characteristics and your desired maximum levels (relative dB master volume), we can have a crack at working through it with you.
Listening distances: I will be sitting about 14.5' to 15' away from the front speakers for
Room characteristics: not sure what you're looking for here but it's an open, spacious loft/bonus room. 8 feet ceiling. Carpeted flooring. Not acoustically treated to dampen sound.
Desired listening level: I'm at 50-60db desired volume level watching my movies.
Hope that helps.
Also, I've been looking into these speakers.
I'm looking at the bookshelves, center and dual subs PB1000. Their 45 day trial is quite hard to pass up.
It's either these or the B&W 638s and center.
Which do you think is better for a great home theater experience?