So, with the Holidays around the corner and everyone and their uncle having sales, I thought now might be a good time to upgrade my system. That and the fact that one of my Studio Monitors has a blown sub, and a replacement from Infinity is nearly as much as a new low-mid grade tower.
My current setup that has slowly morphed as time and funds allowed, or as components failed, is as follows:
- Pioneer VSX-1022 Receiver (980 Watt version)
- Infinty Studio Monitor SM225's for fronts. (although currently subbing in an older SM215 on LF due to blown speaker on one of the 225's
- Bose VCS-10 center channel
- Bargain basement Sony rear channels left over from my first 5.1 system.
My first desire is to replace the Studio Monitors. As one has a blown sub, and they take up a bit of floor space, which is hampering the desire to rearrange the current living room. We currently are running Bose 301's in my office, and my coworker is big on Bose and has recommended to me using 201/301's for fronts. He himself has mounted 4 161's in his home with a sub and is happy with the output. I have been happy with the center channel so far, so only really looking for fronts (with an external sub) and rears.
Anyone have some recommendations for a decent budget setup? Perhaps other models/makes that fit my needs and desires.
Additionally, for any of you that have gone from studio speakers or tower speakers to a bookshelf/wall hung, how have you felt about the change? Pro's and cons, etc..