hi, i've been trawling avs for the past few months dreaming about putting together a new system now i'm finally reading to start buying and hoped to ask you guys for some advice as i'm really keen on KEF.
though i'm no audiophile, i've been into stereos and computers and every other sort of gadget since a very young age so i like to think i can recognize quality. but i never appreciated quality speakers enough to get some for myself until about a year ago. i was setting up a system for a client for which i'd decided to go with a pair of iQ5's. after setting them up with a denon PMA-700AE amp and listening to a blues album i was blown away. ever since i've been wanting some of my own, so i've got a couple questions i was hoping someone could help me with.
i was originally committed to the iQ5's i played with last summer but after shopping around a bit in hong kong, i don't think i'll be able to get them for a reasonable price. i wanted something three-way and floor standing, but have been tempted by this thread to go with the iQ3's instead - what will i be sacrificing?
i'll probably be buying a pair of speakers and a receiver (and maybe a sub) as the first part of a full 5.1 or 7.1 system that i'd eventually like to have. if i go with the iQ3's, is a sub more crucial (and any suggestions for a cheaper sub option?) i'll mostly be listening to music (somewhat bass heavy), with some movies and gaming. the room, by the way, is quite small...probably 300ish sq. ft.
lastly, i've been poking around here on some of the receiver threads and it seems that the new onkyo 605 is a pretty good buy right now...any thoughts/experiences on how it pairs with KEF's iQ's? and also, will there be a big difference in sound pairing the speakers with a "receiver" (like the 605) rather than a "powered amplifier" such as the denon PMA series?
thanks a lot in advance, a lot of questions for a relatively low end system, i really appreciate the help.