Originally Posted by chadsmith013
thanks...they get loud and clear..i dont think ive really turned them up loud enough for them to distort,,but for as loud as ive gotten them..they sound great..the bass is fairly good..it can be enough to shake the couch. of course not like a good sub, but still pretty dam good for tower speakers..and they are HEAVY..
Excellent! I'm glad that they're working out for you
Originally Posted by GIEGAR
For optimum performance, that's about where you want to be with your budget split Mr_M.
That's a good point, I just hope I'm not skimping on anything by buying such a cheap AVR. $500 is on the cheap side for an AVR, right?
So to recap, these are my preferences (from most liked to least liked):
1) Def Tech: These are a $2000/pair of speakers knocked down to $1000/pair, they are heavy on the bass and multidirectional which is huge. I believe they're actively powered, which is equally as huge because I won't need an AVR; if I don't need an AVR, I might as well get the 9060 ones because i won't need to save money for the AVR, right? Plus, everyone loves them.
2) SVS Ultra Towers: Heavy, really expensive at $2000/pair, not a big fan of the design, and are a little skimpy on the bass according to some reviews. On the plus side, they'll pair really well with my SVS SB-2000. I know from experience that SVS has amazing, excellent Customer Service, which is important. Something that concerns me is that someone mentioned that the Ultra bookshelf speakers provided the same quality of sound, just with a little less bass, and they were half the price! A bit of a red flag.
3) JBL L890: Another $1000/pair speakers, these look the best (aesthetic-wise) out of all of them, and I really like JBL's sound quality because I own a pair of LSR308's.
4) Ascend Acoustics Sierra Towers: Most expensive out of all of them at $2200/pair, I'm wishy-washy/on the fence with the looks, and I can't find that many reviews that test just the towers alone by themselves.
As for the AVR, I'm pretty much set on the Onkyo TX NR-747, I decided to get a better one because $100 extra is defintely worth the THX2 certification. There are some issues with quality control according to people, but with Amazon's amazing return service (and I'm planning on getting the extended warranty too), that shouldn't be a problem.
Edit: Responding to more posts.
Originally Posted by gajCA
How are you driving your speakers and sub right now?
The Def Tecs are powered for the subs but not the mains so yes, they need an amplifier...preferably an inexpensive AVR as the Def Tecs are quite sensitive at 92db.
With any modest AVR those speakers will put out 100db+ at 10 feet which is LOUD.
Right now, both the SVS SB-2000 and the JBL LSR308s are not being driven by anything since they're active components. I just have them hooked up to my TV and that's it.
Originally Posted by lizrussspike
Go with the V1800. You could demo it, as I am sure that you would not send it back!
I'm not sure if my room is large enough to accommodate that. I might get it for my massive living room, which is rather cavernous with 30 feet vaulted ceilings, 25'x25' overall space, there it would be more appropriate. I'm thinking I might stick with my SVS sub, perhaps it just needs to be properly calibrated.