Originally Posted by mikeTRON250LM
Are you going to be listening to HD radio?
Not a whole lot, but it would be nice for NPR's Bluegrass/Folk station (on HD2 of WAMU, our NPR station here in the DC area), as well as for listening to classical. Most of my radio listening these days is news/talk, particularly Car Talk and other NPR shows.
I was under the impression most people use Spotify premium or Tidal otherwise they collect an absurd amount of FLAC files on a server somewhere.
I do plan on doing a lot of music streaming to my system via a connected Chromecast Audio, using Google Play Music, to which I subscribe. Eagerly awaiting "Spotify Hi-Fi," which will apparently stream lossless, CD-quality audio for a slightly higher subscription fee. I do also have a fairly large collection of decidedly non-high-res music on my computer (MP3s, mostly 320kbps), which I may re-rip to FLAC.
Are you planning on ever listening to home theater on this system?
We don't watch movies very often, though we do watch quite a bit of TV (Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Stranger Things). For me, stereo (+ sub(s)) is good enough. I have a friend with a 7.1.4 Atmos setup (7 Hsu HB-1 MK2s, Hsu ULS-15 MK2 sub, ELAC Atmos speakers) and it's neat, but I don't need the complications of all that wiring, mounts, etc.
You've all definitely given me some food for thought, and while I'm standing by my choice of the RR2160 receiver, I think I will reapportion my budget for subs vs. speakers a bit. I can get dual Hsu VTF-1 MK3 subs for ~$750, my receiver is $799, so I could spend around $1,000 for a pair of speakers. That might open things up to tower speakers. Thoughts? I had been looking at the Cambridge Audio Aeromax 6 towers at one point (they're on sale at Accessories4Less for $899/pair). I'm also intrigued by the as-yet unreleased Chane A5.4 towers, which are ~$860 for a pair.
So feel free to disregard my poll. Haha... The power of AVS Forum!