Originally Posted by Yaser101
Thank you so much Tubetwister, very helpful and informative. Just a couple of questions if I may.
It would be ok (budgetwise) if I stick to the Onkyo 414. What benefits do I get with the 626 over than 414 other than wireless networking? I can save for another month and get the 626 probably but do you think the difference is worth it?
If you feel that not having a sub would ruin the experience drastically, I can save some more and get one. My target was to avoid causing loud boom noises and I thought not having a sub would keep things more in control. Am I wrong? long as you don't crank the sub up to high should be ok Im , thinking this 10" polk
less expensive http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107PSW110B/Polk-Audio-PSW110-Black.html
If I decide to get a sub, I do have access to one of these:
- Polk Audio PSWI225 Wireless Powered Subwoofer 8-inch
- Polk Audio DSWPRO 550wi 10 inch Wireless Ready Subwoofer
- Polk Audio Subwoofer DSWPRO660Wi 12 Inch-1000W
- Creative ZII SOUND DSX Wireless Subwoofer
The Polks are all priced more or less similar. The Creative is priced less.
The do have some to sell, Mostly Onkyo, Philips and LG ... I checked reviews for them, nothing spectacular.. Maybe some of the Onkyos but they're not very cheap. For some reason, I thought the Polks would be better quality.
The only Bose I found in this store is this: Bose Solo TV Sound System
. Priced at around 274 GBP. Bose products tend to be over priced over here.Based on your advice, I think i'll start with a 2.1 and slowly add to it as budget allows. If you can help me with the Sub choices above, I would be grateful. Thanks again!
As for the Onkyo AVR the 414 is 80wpc and the 626 is 95wpc not an audiable difference *if* all other things are equall.
The advantages are the 626 is going to have a more robust power suppy and be able to provide higher instantaneous power for transients thats particularly important with high resolution surround movie sound tracks because they have a lot of dynamic range like between quiet and a sudden explosion that will swing the amp pretty good
movies are a litle more demanding of an amplifier inthat respect. but at reasonable listening levels either one will work fine you in fact *may* not be able to hear a difference . which front speakers were you thinking about and size of screen and viewing distance ?
The wireless networking is anotheradvantage of the 626 but if you don't plan to have a music service or local hdd storage or iTunes it's no big deal. you can run optical 5.1 and or wired ethernet or just optical and HDMI
Just in case you want to reconsider the Bose 2.1 thing I think its a very good set up for TV movies in a smaller space here is the Bose distributer in Kuait they can probably get you an Bose CineMate Series II or get one to your local Bose retailer Bose will accomodate you for sure thier customer service is some of the best.
Honestly I think a 500watt $500.00 sub is maybe a lot for that space I was thinking more like $200.00 -$300.00 and
I was thinking maybe this polk sub its the same series as your speakers http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107PSW110B/Polk-Audio-PSW110-Black.html
Th 8 or 10" polk would be my choices in that space the 12" might be boomy. I like 10 best because later if you move to a bigger space the 10 will still be good 10's have nice well defined not flabby bass.
the 8" polk wouldbe fine in your space though
you could always add another 8 or 10" in the future
if you get a bigger spot and feel like you need to
You don't want to hear a sub just the bass and not be able to tell where it's from ,a well placed sub should dissapear into the room.if it does not it is either cranked up to high not placed right or the crossover freq is to high or it is not really a sub .lots of posers out there in the budget space . Polk should be good though.
I have 2 def tech 10's in the studio they blend in nice and are not booomy you can not tell where the bass comes from most misbehaving sound is from about 100hz maybe 200 to 500hz
the advantages of distributed bass 2 or more subs
on opposite ends is they nullify room nodes and smooth out the overall room response but that's another discussion
I like theb 10 in your applicationalso as long as you don't crank it to much that is until your neighbor is not home
for that size room you can use a 8 no problem
with a 2.1 you could use the smaller or bigger polks
in frt. just depends on how loud you want to be.
here is a tip for placing the sub don't automaticallly put it in front. every room is different
probably set your crossover to 80hz or so
place the sub where you will normally sit move the sofa ,chair or whatecever if you gave to
play some music with some bass crawl around the room until
yoy hear the best bass ofc close to walls.
That's where you will want to put the sub then when you return to your normal seating it will revrse and sound
good you can do the same thing with an electronic sound db meter but you dont't need to old school way works .
You will hear bass better further away from the sub a 30hz sound wave for exampe is ~30 ft long it is possible
and usuall that another room or even the floor above or below can hear it louder than you can in your room happans all the time.maybe you better get the 8" the 8 won't be getting down to 30hz much at least not loudly .actually the 10 will be fine if you dint crank it then whe your downstairs person is not home you can crank it and have some fun
. I would get one of the Polks