First of all, terrific site and thread. Not a whole lot out there that bests this thread for B&W information and advice.
I'm a new, really accidental
, B&W owner.
I finally convinced the wife, after our 10+ year-old shelf system bit the proverbial dust, to let me build a real home theater system.
Initial budget: $500. (I know, but don't laugh, not yet.)
I've been into car audio for years, but this was my first foray into home theater. I figured I would end up with a blu-ray HTIB, and looked high and low for a decent one, but found them all lacking. The wife liked the HTIB idea, but the more I shopped, the more I determined that a component setup would be best. I just had to figure out how to get the most for my $500 budget.......
The audio gods must have been smiling on me, as this is what I've gathered:
- Harman/Kardon AVR254 - $220 open-box buy at Best Buy
- Second Samsung BD-1600 Blu-Ray player - $100 open box at Best Buy
Now, the B&Ws were located, surprisingly, on a local "garage sale" website, and were just a few miles from my house:
- Three LCR6 S2s, in pristine condition (almost) - $325
- One ASW 2500 10" subwoofer in perfect condition - $250
So, for a grand total of under $900, I got the core of a respectable HT system. So I blew the budget, the wife understands a good deal when she hears one.
I'm now in the market for some DM601 S2s for my rears, for a 5.1 system. I may eventually add another pair for the 7.1 setup.
However, as the pics show (sorry for the poor image quality), I'm limited in how much imaging and placement I can do in my current house and living room. I truly believe that "armoire" is French for "small TV for husband".
The ASW is hiding behind the LCR on the right.
We'll hopefully be in a new, larger house by Spring. A larger living room or dedicated game/media room would be ideal.....
Anyhow, just wanted to introduce myself and tell you all how great the thread is.
Thanks for the space.