Well, my current equipment is probably going to be donated or trashed at this point. Not pleased with it at all.
Regarding my knowledge level. I'm fairly new at working with audio equipment. But I have 15 years experience working in electronics/computer systems.
I'm at the point now where I'm trying to learn something about audio equipment in order to decide if purchasing another one of these "things" is worth it.
The family doesn't give a rip about surround sound. I would personally like to have good surround sound in the house, but the current system (and all of the sytems I have seen at my friend's homes) are pretty much trash.
Thinking back, I haven't heard a good home stereo system since the 80's. Everyone I knew replaced their good speakers with these POS cubes back then. The subwoofers most people get are just junk and most of us (the people I know) find them to be a waste of money and very distracting when viewing media. Many people have a soft spot for hiphop or rap, but that doesn't mean we all want that sound 100% of the time.
So, I'm going back to when speakers were "better", and things didn't sound so "thump thump thump" from your sub and pitchy from these 2" things they call woofers.
The problem is that there are several different camps in this arena. Camp #1
lives in Europe and builds home theater rooms in 100 sq ft block walls with insulated doors and no carpet. Reflections eat these systems alive, so they attempt to minimize and balance these systems.
thinks that's subwoofers are just the "bomb" and want to hear "thump thump thump" even when watching children's shows. They think its "sick" that Dora has a bass line.
The problem is that I'm part of Camp #3
who is looking for good sound in a large room with a lot of carpet and fabric hanging around the room. Reflections will happen, but no where near as much as a Euro cellar. And while some bass is good, I'm not listening to SnoopDog with the kids.
Thanks for the heads up on your speakers. I'll check them out.
I'm also leaning towards Klipsch Heresy. Going old style might be what I'm after. But I've also been looking at some plain PA speakers that use for churches and clubs.
But looking around on web forums you hear from Camp#1
who claim that you can't sit close to PA speakers because at low volume they have terrible sound. I can understand this from Camp#1
. Sitting in a stone 90 sq ft cellar with 12" speakers blaring away at you could be a bit much. Camp#2
is just likes the thump and the 12" speakers miss things below 90hz, and completely can't hit below 50-60 depending on the model. So both camps might be a bit biased.
This contradicts my own experience from the 70's and 80's, but who knows, maybe they construct 12" speakers differently now.
Is something different in large speakers now than 30 years ago? Or am I just getting hogwash from a large group of people with very different design constraints?
Thanks for the help!