First of all, thank you very, very much for the thoughtful response! Very helpful man!
Originally Posted by arnyk
Your balance of costs between the main speakers and the subwoofer is suboptimal . An 8" subwoofer is generally a joke.
You are basically talking about spending about $900 on speakers.
Good point. Didn't really know what a good amount was to spend on a subwoofer.
The best price/performance in speakers is related to subwoofers. If you have a competent subwoofer you don't need floor standing speakers. Some good but fairly humble appearing bookshelves can do the job. I can better explain the sonic benefits of $500+ spent well on a better subwoofer, as opposed to $200, than the same thing for main speakers. There are some very credible bookshelves being sold for nearly fire sale prices.
OK, so I'm better off getting a good subwoofer and passing on the floor speakers? Should I go with that $340 sub-woofer from Best Buy I posted, or is there a better deal out there. I'm not sure which one to get to be honest.
So a good subwoofer + a couple of these bookshelf speakers should give me the majority of my system. Do I need anything else? What's missing here or would this be enough sound? It seems we need a soundbar or something at the front, or would you place the bookshelf speakers in a way so you could skip on the other stuff?
Polk seems to have some good subwoofers in the $500 range. For web sellers, Hsu is a good place to start. This is a competitive area, so good choices abound. Others may chime in with alternatives.
Do I need to go into the $500 range? I'm fine spending $500 on a subwoofer if you think it will be the key to my sound system and if you think $500 is much better than $300 or less for a subwoofer. I'm just a little worried about the stuff I'll put around the subwoofer while still keeping my costs modest.
As far as HSU goes, are their lower priced packages something I should go for to make the overall purchase simpler, or are only their subs good? Here is the packages page (bottom has the cheaper stuff): http://www.hsuresearch.com/packages.html
You sure you don't mean Yamaha?
LOL... yes, yes, I sure did. haha
I see two logical paths for receivers. One is to go with the bottom end of any good manufacturer's AVRs which run $200-300. Yahama, Pioneer, Onkyo and others can be very competitive.
The other is to look for receivers in the $450 and up territory, whose additional price can be justified on the basis of the superior automatic system adjustment facilities that they have.
The king in this area is probably Audyssey XT-32. This choice will cut your brand options down because Yamaha and Pioneer have their own brands which don't seem to really compare.
Also remember that room acoustics and speaker placement are very important.
I think I might go with the bottom end option from a good manufacturer. I kinda wish I snatched up the deal on Amazon for the Yahama receiver. It was originally $499 but was down to $299 the other day. Missed it. Any specific receivers in the bottom range that are best value?