Well, I've officially joined:
A. The world of Mid-High end Audio gear
B. The Wharfedale Owners Club
With my recent acquisition of:
1 Set Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Bookshelf Speakers
1 Set Wharfedale Diamond 9.0 Bookshelf Speakers
1 Wharfedale Diamond 9.CS Center Channel Speaker
As well as a Denon AVR-1909 Receiver. I'm currently running in 5.0 as I've found the Wharfedales produce better bass than my crappy HTIB woofer did. So I'm in the market for a sub. Been looking at a BIC F12 or an eD A2-300. Also looking at going to the 7.N variant of surround sound. Any suggestions on 9.0s vs 8.0s for Rear Surround Channels? I picked up the 9.1s + 9.0s as the price was right for the set, but in moving forward, want what will likely work best in my setup. I've also considered going nuts and doing something like 9.4s in front, 9.0s moved to Rear surround, and 9.1s moved to side channels.
Anyways, these are my first high end(for lack of a better term) speaker purchase, having come from a world where bose cubes are god, and monster cables are worth it. Today my wiring from monoprice shows up (150' of good zip cord, and 20 banana plugs), so I believe I've successfully graduated to an edumacated buyher(*). I will state that I am absolutely blown away by what these speakers can do already. They have maybe 4 hours of use, and from what I've been told (in my decision making thread located here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...170&highlight=
) after a decent break in period they'll sound noticeably better. What in the sound will become different as I cross this point? I did notice that, while watching Bad Boys II last night, the vocals became clearer as the movie went on, as well as some other 'non descript' improvements in the sound quality. Unfortunately, I don't really know the preferred terms for things, but here's my best shot:
When I started listening to music and watching a movie, my first impression was that it was like listening while you're sick and really stuffy (and everything has the semi-muffled sound). I'm sure it was, in part, to my being used to RCA Speakers that used MASSIVE 2 in. Drivers(?Tweeters?), but how much was the speakers breaking in? At first it seemed REALLY bad, like I was afraid that I had gotten defective speakers. Now I'm certain it's another contributing factor. Also, audyssey is setting the speakers to 'small', which seems odd to me, as they're not small.
Ok, I guess that's enough comment for my introduction, haha.
I look forward to reading more and learning from you guys.
(*) For both people who stumble on this, it's an INTENTIONAL misspelling.