Almost finished putting together a new system. I've settled on
L/R: Studio 20's
Rears will be in-ceiling, I will probably go with something from the PV line. Sub will come in a couple months.
A few questions please:
1) I haven't heard the CC590 in person- dealers around here only have the SE center. With the Studio 20's as fronts, would the 490 be fine, or the step up to the 590 is really worth the difference in cost? FWIW the SE (490 equivalent I believe) sounded good to me, if slightly boxy.
2) Are the stands made by Paradigm for the Studio 20's strongly recommended, or have folks had good luck with other, 3rd party stands?
3) I listened to Elite, Integra, and Anthem for receivers, and IMO the Anthem was sooo much better with these speakers (not terribly surprising). The Anthem did not have ARC run, it just simply sounded great- but, I really wanted AirPlay built in. The MRX500 would be really stretching the budget, and adding an Apple TV adds more pain. Assuming I can't swing the MRX-500, what would be a recommendation for something with similar 'sound' to Anthem, that does have AirPlay? I was thinking Yamaha.
4) If you guys had to build out your system over a couple months, which of these would you do to start with:
Fronts/surrounds and phantom center, no sub
Fronts and center, no surrounds/sub
Fronts and sub, phantom center, no surrounds
Really excited about the Studio 20's, they really blew the doors off everything else for HT I listened to. Unfortunately my budget has doubled in the last 2 weeks and it will still require piecing out to get everything I want, damn this is expensive.