Originally Posted by bawilbur
I am considering purchasing two Ethos speakers, and would like help from those who are more exerienced with ML speakers. The room is approximately 20 X24', and about 12' in height. It will be used for tv/movie and music. Considerations are:
1) Would you use a center channel speaker, and surrounds? Which? We were at a dealer on Saturday who seemed to think the two Ethos could handle the entire front.
2) I know ML states you don't have to get crazy with the amplification. I would like to keep it simple and use a good receiver. Any recommendations?
3) My wife is not a big fan of subwoofers. I was thinking that the powered woofer of the Ethos would be sufficient. Have others gone this route?
1. Absolutely use a center. Yes, as others have mentioned that you can use a phantom center but having a real center really brings movies to life. Surrounds are nice, but to me a center is significantly more important
2. A decent denon, marantz, or yamaha would be fine. I've used a couple of Denons and they have been my favorite so far but all have been fine.
3. What is it about subwoofers that she does not like? Is it the size? The look? Too loud? If it's an aesthetic thing, then really all you can do is look for a better looking sub or build your own and make it into furniture, like an endtable or something. However, if it's that she doesn't like them to be too loud or boomy then realistically, she probably hasn't ever heard a good sub that is properly set-up. My opinion is that subs shouldn't be heard. What I mean by that is that the sub will improve the perceived sound quality of all the other speakers in your system. They are meant to fill out the bottom registers that speakers, even Ethos with powered woofers, can't reproduce. You also shouldn't really be able to tell where the sub is located. Subs should really only be used to reproduce sounds below your level of directional hearing (around 80 hz for most people). Also keep in mind that rooms effect different frequencies is various ways. This means that separating mids and highs from your bass will allow optimal placement and further improve sound quality. There are very very very very very very very very few speakers in the world that will not get a substantial benefit from integrating a good sub.
TLDR: subs are not about volume, they are about improving sound quality and all set-ups need one (or more)