rambling post up ahead...
Hey all, this is my first post on these forums after having lurked here for a while. I must say this thread was just what I needed to read and has been very enjoyable.
I'm currently waiting for my set of BICs to arrive in the mail from Amazon after having gone about the process all backwards in a fashion that could best be described as "stumble theater research."
I had just bought a house and and have been in the process of unpacking. A couple weeks ago, literally the day after having finally heard from my old apartment office that they weren't going to charge me $2000 to replace 10+ year-old carpet after all (yay!), the front-left channel on my Pioneer VSX-816 began randomly cutting in and out. As luck would have it, the daily deal on woot.com that day happened to be a Pioneer VSX-1021k for $289.
However, my speaker setup is still the cheapo crappy Sony HTiB setup I had gotten back in 2002. Up to this point, I had never noticed just how mid-rangy these speakers were (and they stayed that way even after MCACC) , and I ended up getting the upgrade itch. Dialogue on these, um, things, sounds like people have pillows tied to their faces and the bass just isn't getting enough out. Turn the volume low enough to be somewhat usable and it's like there's nothing there at all, turn it up loud enough to hear and it's boomy and muddy to the point of people complaining about their stomachs.
I originally was looking at the Energy Take 5 Classic set of speakers but I wanted a bigger subwoofer. So, I went looking around on Amazon for a nice sub. I stumbled on the BIC F12 second after having looked at a Polk SW10. I had never heard of BIC before but noticed it had quite a few glowing reviews. After reading all 100+ reviews, I added it to my cart. While looking for an Energy set without a subwoofer, I wondered if I could piece together a set myself instead.
In the process of looking for a set of Infinity speakers I could use for a front channel (I remember how much I liked the set my band room in high school back in the 90's had) I stumbled across the DV-62si speakers. Again, lots of glowing reviews, and again after reading all of them I added those as well.
Next up was a center channel. In the process of looking through some Polks I again stumbled (sensing a theme?) on BICs. This time it was the DV-62CLR and the FH-6CLR. Both had glowing reviews, though the DV had more, but at the time of night I was looking, the FH was a little cheaper than the DV so it was added instead.
Unfortunately, with the odd living room I have (more on that in a moment) the surrounds (wired for 5.1 even though the receiver supports 7.1) had to be ceiling mounted and with an 8ft ceiling, small. Long story short (too late) I added the DV32. as all the speakers had free shipping and no tax from Amazon, they were the lowest price for me so I went ahead and purchased them.
In a fit of "what am I doing" I changed my mind and tried to cancel the order. Amazon basically told me "no, you NEED these speakers" and wouldn't let me complete the cancellation request.
To complete my round of "stumble theater research" I went on a mad tear finding out whatever I could about it, and ended up here. I can't wait to get everything and set it up.
I seem to be cursed with odd living rooms. I think the reason I never really noticed how bad my previous set up was as I had an odd shaped living room. I mean, like REALLY odd, pentagon-shaped with an open side and 9 1/2 ft ceilings odd. In the house, I finally have something of resemblance of a normal shape (yay rectangle!) but still an odd setup. The room is 14' x 24' with the back door, windows and a fireplace on one wall, big opening to dining area and opening to front hall on ends of another wall, and a big skylight smack dab in the center with a ceiling fan mounted on a beam in the middle. I'll see if I can take some pictures of how it is currently and post them later.
Due to how long the living room is and where everything is positioned, I had to put the speakers in not-so-desirable locations to avoid having speakers hanging over people's heads in the traffic areas.
Regardless, I'm looking forward to seeing how everything sounds even though I know the center will likely overpower the fronts due to the horn tweeter, but at this point I'll take that if it means I can understand what people are saying in movies again. As you've already known by now, I pretty much don't know what I'm doing, but I'm having lots of fun doing it!