Originally Posted by butie120
Thanks for the responses. So in a room like mine, 23x12x7, sitting 12ft from the front sound stage, do you think the RTiA1 would suffice especially running with a SVS PB2000 to carry the lower frequencies? My other question would be if I did the RTiA1, is it preferable to do the CSiA4 or would getting the CSiA6 still be the best option to go since the center carries so much of the load? Again, this is about 95% for HT use. Thanks!
Sorry, but I think I forgot the question. Are you talking about using the A1's as mains or as surrounds? In the first case, I would say NO WAY... I wouldn't use A1's as mains anywhere other than a bedroom. For mains you probably don't want anything smaller than the A3's IMO... and you are right in that you want as much center as possible.
The A1's make sweet surrounds, unless you have large towers for mains (A9's), then you'll want to go with A3's for surrounds. In general, you want your largest speakers up front, and smaller speakers at the sides and rears.
So, for example, IMO any of these configurations would be good, depending on room size and material:
A1 mains, A4 center, A1 or OWM3 surrounds
A3 mains, A4 center, A1 surrounds
A5 mains, A4 or A6 center, A1 or A3 surrounds
A7 or A9 mains, A6 center, A3 surrounds
Don't expect "big" sound from the smaller two systems, maybe even the third, regardless of what sub you're using.
It really comes down to how much AIR the drivers can move. A small diameter driver doesn't move much air.
I hope that helps.