Originally Posted by citsur86
I've had the 522 for a while - but it isn't going to waste. My wife and I are buying a new home with a dedicated home theater. The setup we've been discussing will be for the theater. I'll likely buy another HTIB for the living room and use them with the 522k. I'll upgrade the rest of the theater speakers over time - hoping to complete the 684 setup.
Just watched a few scenes from Master and Commander and Iron Man - this is awesome. Looking for a 7.1 specific bluray to test with now.
Hello and good morning,
Sorry for missing all of the posts lately, I was away.
Since you are speaking about home theater... I wanted to chime in in my observations over the years. I personally got into the higher end speakers and systems because of theater.
I like pioneer products... I own an elite vsx- 92 thx that, to this day, runs my cable TV set in the living room.
The pioneer ran all my speakers, well, until I moved to the 800 series at that time it seemed that the tweeters were very loud and would hurt the ears.
I like the pioneer room correction and I could not tell a difference between it and audyssey of my processor that replaced it.
Over the years this is what I have found.
1. Center channel is the most important of the home theater... buy the best one you can that will match your left and right. Best yet buy the same as your left and right. ( one of the largest improvements)
2. Set the crossover between 60 and 100. Even with the best tower speakers a good sub can produce the lower frequencies better. Going over 100 and you have have a good chance of being able to locate where your sub is placed in your room. You don't want that. ( noticeable improvement)
3. Get a good sub. This is where the oooooooo and Ahhhhh come from when you have people over and / or when you are getting into a movie. Thus the movie experience. ( big improvement)
4. Going from my pioneer to a stand alone processor. Just for processing not for amplification. I found very little Improvement. ( doubtful improvement)
5. Stand alone amp for my front 3 speakers. This made a difference BUT it could have just been an improvement with my 800 series speakers that the pioneer could not drive that well. ( very noticeable)
6. Rca vs. Xlr... just go with what you have. ( no improvement)
7. Speaker cable ( no difference)
8. Hdmi cables go with a quality cable no need for the expensive ones. I use blujeans. ( no difference)
9. Going from 5.1 to 7.1 not much of a difference. But I am going to go back to 7 because I have the speakers sitting around. (Not much difference)
10. Room acoustic panels. I put diy panels at all of the First Reflective points and it works very well. It can be done pretty cheap it you are willing to diy. ( large improvement)
I am sure there are others suggestions but those are the ones that come to mind quickly.
again these are my personal findings.