We recently moved and one of the things the wife let me do is get a new HT rig.
Let me tell ya about the gear a little first...
Yamaha rxv-795a receiver
Comcast HD DVR
Panasonic 50" plasma
Samsung upconverting dvd player
dvi switchbox and dvi cabling going to the tv. Why dvi? I am planning to get a media center and this is the best connection for it. All optical connections for audio. Monster cable (14 gauge) running in wall.
I had heard that Aperion made a great setup and with their return policy even the wife couldn't say no. Done and done!
They came in and even the packaging was impressive. Completely surrounded by foam to make sure they did not get damaged in any way. Very nice. You've heard about the velvet bags and yep, they are there.
Anyway, the gear I got was :
2 - Intimus 532-LR (front left and right)
1 - Intimus 533-VAC (center)
2 - Intimus 422-LR (surround left and right)
1 - Intimus S-10 (sub)
Well, the first thing I can tell you is that my room (10w x 13l x 11h) gets filled up instantly with sound. The sound is very clear and surround effects work very well. The sub performs so well that when there was an earthquake in Black Dhalia we felt it. Light fixtures were shaking. Very very clean. The new Star Wars films have a fairly serious amount of low end and there was a small tear in my eye listening to the ADR/Foley work with this rig.
What I feel is lacking is a bit of highend prowess. I'd personally like some more brightness but I have a feeling that it's the Yamaha not playing nicely with others. I really need to do some more tests. Maybe I am itching to replace it for no reason
Voice tracks sound great and we can both make out voices in even very charged action sequences which was not the case at all with my old Polk 5.1 system. Voices sound very natural and very present.
The most unfortunate thing is that the 50" plasma feels TINY compared to the sound that the Aperions give the theater.
Here are some pics and if you all have any questions, let me know.
Surrounds mounted w/in-wall wiring
Wider shot of the surrounds:
The TV, etc:
How it looks from the viewers POV: