Got my speakers and unit installed and unboxed today. The build quality, as shown in earlier photos, is amazing. The lacquer finishes are like liquid. Beautiful drivers, cabinets, and connection posts.
Would you consider this a HTIB? NOPE!!!!
14 Gauge is more than enough, I went shopping for wire and Lowes had 12 Gauge but I consider overkill for anything over 150 watts, even with long runs. I assure you 14 is perfect.
MY LIVING ROOM
HT-75 is absolutely amazing. The highs are not "pingy, sharp, bright, etc" They are perfect. Depending on the surround mode they can be made to produce awesome bass-mid range.
All I can say is wow, I have the surround on -10 db and stuff is still shaking off the wall. My room is 20x15 and it is more then enough. The bass can be heard resonating into the 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. This subwoofer would be good for huge rooms. I have vaulted ceilings; you are filled with Low Frequency Goodness in every room.
Every voice, every shot is crisp and clear out of the HT-65 Center Channel, I know many have mentioned the larger 8inch models along with the HT-85's, but I dont believe they are needed unless you dont have a subwoofer to pic up the low end or you have a GINORMOUS room.
My Humble setup. PS2 (optical digital out), DVD (Coax digital out), Digital Sat (Optical digital out), All digital audio inputs to the receiver running DTS, Dolby Digital, and for the Games Dolby PLII Game mode is freaking awesome! I know my stuff is a few years behind the newest stuff but I do have HDMI and 1080i for my TV so I have HDTV but my only source at this point is my upscaled DVD's. I can tell you I am extremely pleased with my 5.1 at this point. 7.1 is in my future and I will have a post here for that in the near...