As a longtime reader finally sitting down to type his first post, let me first take a moment to thank all of you (esp. you TDI Driver) for all your posts - this is such a useful resource. I plan on going through the various threads and post in all the areas I can so that I can hopefully help others in the same manner.
I currently own a pair of Omni 60's which I absolutely love (although they could use a bit more in the bottom end). These serve as my main speakers in my HT set up - my center and rears are Bose due to the fact that I have a family member who works for them and they cost me next to nothing, but I have long been disappointed in their sound and am finally seeking to replace them.
I went to purchase the C150 center channel from Crutchfield the other night and noticed the sale on the Omni 350s and 550s as well. With such a discount, my current thought is to buy a pair of one of the towers, and use my Omni 60s as surrounds. (I assume the C150 will match the newer Omni's better anyway). With this in mind, I have a few questions and would greatly appreciate any advice you can all provide:
- I've read comments on this forum suggesting that the 550s would be a welcome upgrade to the Omni 60's (and 260s for that matter) - can I assume the same for the 350s? The change in tweeter/woofer material and overall weight definitely give me pause.
- My receiver is a 75 watt/channel Yamaha 6.1 receiver (nothing fancy, ~$350 new), is it enough to drive the 350s or 550s (they are 89 and 90db respectively while the old 260s were 93db)?
- Based on size and price, my preference would be for the 350s unless the 550s would be markedly better. Thoughts?
- Keeping in mind that I already own a pair of Omni 60s, and with the 550s currently selling for $199 each on both Vanns and Crutchfield, does it make sense to buy one of the few pairs of Omni 260s that Vanns has left (also for $199/each)?
Note: I do not currently own a subwoofer (I live in an apt)
Thanks in advance for all of your help! I'll post comments and photos of my setup (with my 40" 1080p Sammy LCD too) once I receive my speakers and get them set up.
-P from Boston