I would like to Both to build on this and to disagree with at least one small point. You will without a doubt hear very decently large improvement with a BIC Acoustech setup. These quality of these speakers are way over their price price point when compared to most other major brands. The Horn loaded tweeter will bring out more detail in voices and in any sharp tone that is usually littered all over action scenes within movies.
Great to hear - that's what I was hoping you would say. I don't need the best (and don't want to pay for the best), but I've decided that maybe I'm a little too...picky?...for the Andrew Jones Pioneers. Good to know that this would be a real, legit, more than just marginal step up.
As for the rears, they do not need to be powerful at all since there is much less sound coming out of them comparatively. In your case you would actually be better off with either the PL-66s or going with 4 separate towers. You generally don't want to mix speakers lines between front and rear whenever possible, especially since movies are utilizing them for voice more frequently. You don't want a persons voices sounding different as it pans from rear to front speakers. With your current budget of 300+ per speaker you can afford all 5 speakers being towers through the regular Bic Acoustec outlets when utilizing their "Make an Offer" pricing.
4 towers seems like overkill. I'll probably just take your word and go with the PL-66s. Thanks for the input there.
When it comes to your Crossover settings, if you get these you will be better off crossing over at 80hz. The Bics do very well down to that level. they are a little bit lacking compared to some other brands between the 40 and 80hz but are still very good with music. In the 40-80hz range they don't lack clarity, it is more oomph that is lacking than anything.
I'm sure there are gobs of threads devoted to this, but curious why I'd be "better" off crossing at 80 rather than 100? For one thing, my 95w AVR is only barely powerful enough for these beasts, so I'd think a higher crossover would leave that much more power for the mids and highs. And even if the towers do "very well" down to 80, shouldn't separately powered (though admittedly only 150w), 15-inch subs do it "even better"? (If not, is that just because my subs are Dayton? Surely this must be true for high end subs?) Plus, my receiver doesn't let me crossover different channels independently, so I'd be crossing the surrounds and overheads at 80 also - 100 seems better for them. From what I can tell, the 80hz rule of thumb is because above that, you can localize the sub. But if I have two subs up front, both nestled right up beside the towers, that concern seems to go away. Please enlighten me?
Also, good to know on music. Truthfully, I'm not sitting down there jamming out to new vinyl nightly, its more of a "friends over playing pool" thing, on some combo of Spotify and CDs from the 90s - sounds like these towers will more than suffice for that, even if the bass *could* be bigger.
Now for the part that I disagree with Zorba. With the budget he has I disagree with your suggestion of going with the FH-6 speakers. I am lucky enough that my nearby Best Buy had the BIC FH line in stock for listening not too long ago. They seem to cycle in and out of stock depending on what other brands are "On Special." And to this, the Acoustech line is worth the price premium if it is within your budget. The higher sensitivity bring out the clarity of voice in movies and in music more. Finally The upgraded voice coil makes sound just a bit more full as it comes out. So if you can afford the upgrade, do it. If not, then the FH line is still very good and like all other BIC speakers, is a much higher class than it's price point.
I'm very grateful for Zorba's input, but think I'll probably follow you on this one. If for no other reason than the irrational one that it doesn't FEEL like an upgrade to trade in towers (even Pioneer dinky towers) for bookshelf or mini-towers!
*Edit to add price consideration*
For buying a 5.0 set they will usually knock about 15-20% off the listed price of $1169 which means you could make an offer of $1000 or $950 and likely get it accepted. Here is the link: http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/c...pid=6332&sc=27
. This brings your price down to $325 per tower, $200 for the center and $150 for the rears if they accept the $1000 offer.