Looking for some surround sound recommendations. I recently purchased the 360/c25 front stage setup and have been overjoyed with it! Well... It's a new month and time to upgrade the surrounds. Originally what I had been thinking for surrounds was, two 160's for the sides and 2 150's for the back. I've been looking and it seems to be getting harder and harder to find 160's... at least at a good price, (for me anyway). I've been seeing the 160's for around $80-90 per speaker. Not bad, but all the places selling at that price also want at least $30-40 shipping. Still not out of my price range, though I hate wasting that much money on shipping... which draws my eye to the 250's for about $10-20 more per speaker at crutchfield ($3 shipping
) I could get a pair of these to use as side surrounds.
So how good are the 250's as surrounds? Overkill? My room size is 13' x 15' x 8'
I've read that having the surrounds 2'-3' above ear level is optimal. since the 250's are floor standing, how would this effect them, would I have to place them on a stand for best results? My current speakers are wall mounted at about 60", I think. I'd have to check.
As far as the price breakdown goes, I could get:
2 x 160's
2 x 150's = $286.98(shipped)
2 x 250's
2 x 150's = $323.46(shipped)
or should I quit over thinking this and just get
4 x 150's = $218.96(shipped)
I don't mind paying an extra $100 as long as I get $100 worth of improvement. (In truth I'd like some di/bi-poles, but just one of those is way out of my price range
I'll be using an onkyo 804 to drive everything and I like to listen fairly loud. Will the 250's be worth the extra $ just to use as surrounds. I know there are people who use them as such, but it seems as though most do so because they were using them as fronts and moved them back when they got something better.
Anyway, that's where I'm at right now.