Originally Posted by James Dickerson
Semi-new reader and first time poster! I am looking at getting into a nicer sound setup than I currently have in my apartment that will meet my needs now and can expand with me in the future. I've had a chance to listen to a handful of speakers (Definitive Technology, Martin Logan, etc.) and I've found myself always coming back to the B&W brand.
With that being said, I have a defective Definitive Technology W Studio that I am going to receive $1300 "credit" for and would like to use that to help jump start my new system. I am looking at a receiver with two fronts and a center for now with the end result being my two fronts becoming my rears when I purchase a home sometime next year. I am thinking of going with the following;
685 S2 for FR and FL
HTM61 S2 for Center
In the future the 685s would move to the back and be replaced with 683 S2, and a sub.
I am primarily posting with two questions for anyone that can help.
The first, I am not a HUGE bass person. I like a punchy and responsive bass but I don't want my walls shaking. Will I be disappointed out of the gates without a sub, or is there enough depth to the 685 to not worry for the time being?
The second, I am completely at a loss when it comes to pairing a receiver with these speakers. I went to my local Best Buy and while the gentleman in Magnolia was helpful and pointed out the differences in speakers I was listening to, I could not for the life of me notice a difference between Yamaha, Marantz, etc. Is this a good receiver for the speakers I will have? I believe that far down the road I will have a 5.1.2 configuration with Atmos.
Sorry for the lengthy post! I love spending my lunch breaks reading here.
Thanks for reading again.
If you are getting small speakers like 685 - you need a sub right the way. If you get 683 first, you might live without sub for a while (assuming you do not watch action movies).