Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Prairieville, La
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My needs were exactly like yours.
The issue at hand mainly is movies. With 3000-4500 cf to "pressurize" with the sub woofer, the Super 8 will do a decent job, the Uber 10 will do a good job. Non carpeted floors dont help either.
Orb actually recommended for my room, to pair the Uber 10 with a 15" sub woofer to handle everything from 40hz on down. I am planning for asthetic reasons to add a second Uber 10 instead. Plenty of movies drive the low end of bass and trying to experience that in a large room like yours requires plenty of volume. Movies like Batman The Dark Night and Ironman will really bring out your systems weaknesses in the low frequencies if your sub woofer can't fill the room.
Saying that, the Uber 10 sounds EXACTLY like the Super 8. It just allows more volume. Buying it now will save you the hastle of returning the Super 8 after 3 weeks when you realize it wasn't as perfect as you thought the night you hooked it up.
For question number two, A 75wpc receiver is absolutely fine for the Peoples Choice. Going to a 90wpc amplifier will yield no audible differences. Since your not driving a large speaker with the receiver, you don't need the additional power.
The Peoples Choice plus Uber 10 for your room will provide a GREAT starting point giving you EXACTLY the sound you want for the money you plan to spend. After a year, you'll be thinking of a Mod4 center channel and maybe Mod2 Surrounds. At about 3 years you'll be contemplating a second Uber 10 and planning Mod4 L/R speakers pumped by a new receiver with all the latest Audessy features.
The Orbs are great.