Originally Posted by Xerowarp
Brother, that's a hell of a downgrade. I like Outlaw products. How would you compare the AQ between the two? What about power? How much you asking for the 990/770 ?
Tell me about it! I keep telling myself I am downsizing not downgrading
Some long-winded history:
I've only rented/owned houses since I cobbled together that gear and now I live in an apartment so:
A) It's an apartment so I can't crank it (neighbors below me and my kiddos sleep just on the other side of the mains and sub, walls are not thick). Though when I've ran it how when the kids are with their mother i've never had any complaints.
B) The A/V space is small 9'Wx14'L (and totally open on one side) so I don't need a 200w x 7 channel amp sucking my power down! I've not run 7.1 for 4 years or 6.1 for over a year now; I've also wanted a stand/shelves that was enclosed to keep all the goods in and a 95lb amp limits your options and also heats your room =D.
C) 990 was getting a bit long in the tooth (had it since launch and once they ditch the 997...), I wanted HDMI switching damnit, OSD that wasn't through component, new feature support, etc!
So my ongoing plan is to shrink my footprint, allow a little more mobility (smaller speakers, no heavy amp - this applies to not just A/V gear). I was tempted to grab a 5.1 outlaw amp ($999) and sell off/return this 608 and go to the next one up with preouts when or if they release.
Tough call on AQ as I went from 990/770/Klipsch RFs all around in 7/6/5.1/SVS20-39PC+ for over 6 years and the Klipsch's were my first real speaker so its all I've ever known first hand (tho I have heard plenty of other systems). I also started with Outlaw's 1050>950/770>990/770, so again all I've ever known.
Now I've done a complete switch to an SVS speaker system (STS/SCS/SSS02s/SVS 20-39PC+) coupled with the Onkyo.
Short of the long of it is basically, as you inquired about, is about AQ, as volume certainly isn't problem with the current rig (and certainly wasn't with the last one); separates with power to spare and horn loaded speakers to an AVR with less power and speakers with silk tweets and lower DB/freq. handling.
I did have an ORB Audio Mod2/Denon AVR system (secondary in my last house) and I ran the orbs here (needed to use as surrounds once I moved here due to space) and would rotate them in as L/C/R in place of the RFs to see if I could live with a smaller system. I couldn't live with the orbs, the AQ was very poor in comparison but volume-wise,they were fine...I did run the klipsch's and orbs as surrounds off the Onkyo for a week or so and quite honestly, I couldn't hear any difference given the space. That's when I knew I could lose the 770 for sure yet keep the SVS Sub.
As it stands now, I can tell there is a noticeable difference in AQ and I am on the fence about being content with it as I've just set the speakers up two days ago and the system isn't dialed in. The center and mains are lacking compared to the RFs, I could run the RFs without a sub and it was ok for the space just not my preferences
and the SVS are designed to need a sub and you can tell.
Surrounds are wash....I never ran the RS3s ans they are so big they shoot past the listening position and after I sold my orbs I was using 2 Logitech Z 5500 sats as surrounds and while tinny, they did the job. The SVS' are big improvement tho.