I'm currently using Pioneers BS22 and C22 for my LCR. My usage is 85% movies/TV and 15% music. I've been overall happy with my budget system. Many here may flinch but I actually enjoy listening to music on these, so I wouldn't change them just for this.
However, I have found something lacking when watching movies with epic soundtracks. This is usually limited to the "summer blockbuster". So I'm ok otherwise. I feel the sound in these movies doesn't elevate in the same way I'm expecting them to (from previous experience at the theater). I understand is not going to be 1:1 but still I come out a little bit disappointed. Case in point, in Dark Knight Rises, in Batman's first appearance under the tunnel (when he is first spotted by the patrol car), the soundtrack elevates to involve you in the grandiose moment. However, I don't feel the same with the BS22 playing it. Special effects, etc, sound just good.I attribute this to weak dynamics, even though I listened below reference level (-25db in my Yamaha receiver).
Somehow, I am fixated at the HSU HB-1 Mk2/ HC-1. They are $600 with shipping. Some of the reasons I like these are the "Huge soundstage" and "Unrestrained dynamics" and "slam" accolades most pro reviewers seem to agree on. Another option I've been looking into is Empteks E5bis with E56Ci (large center) that I could have for $620 shipped. I know a lot of people here like the Ascends, but i'm not sold on the 170 SE's and couldn't afford the 340Se's under this budget.
I guess my questions and dilemma, is it worth the $600 upgrade from my current system? Will the upgrade be night and day? or would it just be a minor upgrade and should I save my money for something better later down the road?
Yamaha RX-V673 | HSU HC-1 MK2 | HSU HB-1 MK2 - LR | Pioneer SP-BS22-SLR | BIC RtR-V44-2 (Presence)