Originally Posted by USAFDave13
I received some wonderful help in the past from you guys and was hoping you could help me with my next upgrade. I just purchased a new home and was able to have the builder wire up a media/game room for 5.1. Right now I have a budget system you all helped me set up in my rental home that consists of EMP tek R5Bi bookshelfs, R5Ci center channel, an Outlaw LFM-1 plus subwoofer, and a Denon AVR-E300 receiver. I have been nothing but impressed by this system and would like to expand on it.
It may be worth noting that I am also very excited to be moving from a poor shaped room, very rectangle, about 12' x 30' with one end open and the system positioned on the long side with basically no side walls to resonate off of to a fairly square room 16' x 19' isolated from the rest of the house with only a staircase breaking up the soundstage.
What I'd like to do is of course take advantage of the opportunity to upgrade to 5.1 but not sure what the best configuration would be or if there are other components I should consider. I want to keep with this line of speakers but do I go R55Ti towers and move the bookshelfs to the rear (ceiling mounted), get two more bookshelfs, get the R55Wi for surrounds and keep the bookshelfs in front? So many choices! Another thought I had was that the Denon is almost certainly lacking for power, would tossing in a powered amplifier (nothing too expensive) like the Outlaw Model 5000 really wake up the system?
Budget isn't really a concern, I can fund nearly any combination of components listed above but for a realistic limit, lets say $1,000-1,2000. Thanks for any recommendations!
I will add more fuel to the fire
First, I am a tower guy for those reason:
-play a little bit more effortless when cross at 80Hz over a bookshelf due to a lower frequency design
While it true a good bookshelf can achieve Great result, my Personal Preference is a tower with a sub.
I would read dsrussel review to make your mind-up, he does have lots of experience with the Emp Tek.
To go with the Outlaw Model 5000 is a very good option.
A power amp give power to All channel played at the same time, from 20 to 20000Hz, has a Receiver quote a number that could be for 1 or 2 channels played at 1KHz.
So take this with a grain of salt, from a guy that like Towers and power amps