I'm more into music than movies (60/40), but I've finally gotten the itch for a nice home theater set-up. My budget is fairly small...probablly $1000 to $1500 for everthing I need: A/V receiver and 5.1 speakers ( I already have a nice TV and DVD player).
I really like the Athena F2.2 speakers and was planning on building around them as my fronts, but I've read a lot of discouraging feedback on the C1.2 center channel not being able to keep up. How bad is it? Since the cost difference is only about $150 between B2.2 with stands and the F2.2's, I think it's silly to step down in fronts. I'm thinking that at some point Athena will wise-up and make a C2 companion for the F2's, which will be a simple and inexpensive fix to my system at a later time. Using the 1.2 or 2.2 as a center channel really doesn't work in my space, so I really don't wanna go there. The question is...can I live with the C1.2 in the meantime, or is the problem SO bad that I"ll REALLY be unhappy? If I'm using 2-channel 60% of the time, maybe that dwarfs the problem? Any thoughts??