This thread has been pretty dead for the last 6 months! A few here and there. I guess most of us BIC Acoustech owners are content and happy or have moved on? Quick update, I am still loving my setup. The speakers crank pretty good and have not faded at all. I still feel for the money these speakers are one of, if not the best budget friendly speakers made that you would spend thousands to beat out and worth the hassle.
Anyways. I am not the content type. I want it louder, like concert loud, and I am thinking it might be time to upgrade the Bose rears so I got looking again and found a big surprise! The new BIC PL-980!!??
Supposed to be released today I guess. Where it says left and right, I wonder if it will be a tower design that is like the PL-66's? This is actually how my Bose are but their tweeter is directional and thus why I did not like them for my front stage in the HT setup. It was funky sounding. Depending on how I like these 980's design, I am now thinking moving my 76's to the back, these new 980's up front, drive the 980's with their own stand alone amp for max power, add a pair of the HT-64 or PL-66 to make it 7.1. Then I will tackle the subs and go 7.2. I like how loud my system is now but I want "holy **** that is loud!" loud but still sounds good. Thats why I am thinking adding a amp for the fronts to maximise available power to the rest of the speakers. Actually it would be the same as I have now but adding 2 more speakers and more than double the power to the fronts. If I decide not to go 7.1 and stay at 5.1, as my room is not 7.1 speaker mount friendly thanks to doors and windows, then I would be delivering more power to the rest of the speakers.
My other thought to go louder was add a 4 channel front amp and add a set of PL89II's to the front sitting next to my 76's. I am thinking with the height difference in the tweeters and the different size drivers at a slight offset, that it would minimize cancelation. Drive the four front speakers off the separate amp thus supplying much more power to the rest of the speakers with my RXV-773. I see in very large high end speakers all the time where they have multiple tweeters and loads of drivers in one big cabinet so I don't see where this would be that different? You see this setup in concerts all the time. I would play with placement and angles till it was right. I even thought about maybe the best way to do it would be to flip the 76's upside down and put them on top of the 89's to make one big, tall speaker. Then I would add a second set of 76's or the PL-66's for my rear speakers if I do decide to lose the Bose.
As a side question, what do you all think of putting your surround sides in a 7.x setup in the ceiling? That may be my only option to go from a 5.x setup to a 7.x setup.