Ok so I have narrowed it down to three contenders for my 1k budget 5.1 system build. My listening involves about 90% HT and 10% Top 40 style music, volume levels? 80+db at 7ft listening distance...I like it LOUD when I'm watching movies, that feeling of "being there" or immersion is what I thrive on. Room size, about 13x13x10.
5T5 MTM x3
5TC Bookshelf x2
Price about 400 shipped.
Leaving a decent amount left for a good subwoofer, however I haven't read many reviews anywhere on their systems, sensitivity seems good, so should be efficient and play loud but again no reviews to say how they would do distortion level wise and such.
HSU HB-1 Enthusiast "1" package
* 1 VTF-1 Subwoofer
* 4HB-1 Horn Bookshelf Monitors
* 1 HC-1 Horn Center Channel
about 1k dollars, from the reviews I have read these get loud, obviously the Horn design is super efficient and I read reviews of 90-100db sound levels that showed no signs of clipping or giving up..obviously I wouldn't expect these levels 100% of the time as that would surely bring on hearing loss. Only downside, I don't know if a VTF-1 will satisfy my needs for bass in my room size..
av123 Onix XL-S or XC-S setup.
One Pair of x-cs main speakers
One Piece x-cs center speaker
One Pair of x-cs surround speakers
One Piece x-sub subwoofer
for about 900 dollars, or slightly less to move down to the XL-S series. I have read these are the budget speaker of the year, they are warm, etc etc. They seem pretty efficient, but when I read reviews that mention soundstages, and warmth I think of listening to an orchestra and not 85db of sound from my favorite action DVD's without clipping and distortion. Again I wonder if the X-Sub can keep up with my room.
So there are my observations, do you have anything to add, a package to consider? Advice one way or another?