After lurking for far too long, I've decide to join the fun. I've already learned quite a bit, and find all of the information very helpful, if a bit overwhelming.
I'm looking to set up a HT in my family room. I have all the usually issues (odd shape, open layout, etc, etc). Oh yeah, the wife doesn't want big speakers anymore . . . I think she defines "big speakers" as anything she can actually see, but that's another story
I've looked into Bose, Kef, Gallo, Mirgae Nanostas, Morduant Short Genies, HSU, and SVS. I've also been looking very hard at the Orbs. I really like the modular set up possibilities and the various finishes. Even my wife likes the bronze!! As everyone else has said, their customer service alone makes me want to buy the darn things. Every e-mail has been answered in minutes, and with very good, detailed information. These guys know their product and their competition.
If I go with the Orbs, I'm thinking a of six speaker set up, since it just seems to flow better in the room that a five or seven. The Left, Center and Right would be Mod 2's and the three rear would be Mod 1's. The ability to get a "pre-packaged" six-speaker system also has me leaning towards Orb Audio.
Firstly, any thoughts on the other brands, most specifically the KEF KHT3005?
Secondly, I'm torn between the "new and improved" Super 8 that they now offer with 200 watts or the newly introduced Uber Ten. Both have the small footprint that I need.
I'm a little concerned with some of the limitations of the Super 8. Sure, it gets great reviews, but at only eight inches, will it really be sufficient with hardcore bass? On the other hand, is the Uber Ten "worth" the $299 upgrade? I realize that in the end, only I can make that call, but it all comes down to price vs. performance in the end.
This will be my first Sub /Sat system and I know that they all have limitaions compared to tower speakers. I'm just looking for some opinions to help sway my decision.
Thanks to everyone in advance.