Originally Posted by dstr212
This is where I am beating my head against the wall and changing my choice every day. I am a heavy HT enthusiast but I need some help with speakers as I want awesome speakers but I don't trust my judgment sometimes. I put a lot of faith into AV publications and their expertise as it is their job. I have been using a combo of; The Perfect Visions guide to surround sound speakers, Home Theater online buyers guide, Ultimate AV online buyers guide and Sound & Vision mag.
I use to be like you and follow the magazine, etc. Im also a little heavily into HT (like you)
There is NOTHING in those magazines that will help you design the best HT possible. There wasnt any info until I joined AVS, HTguide.com, HomeTheaterShack.com, DIYAudio.com and read about HT design in the HT construction forum on this site (Thanks Ethan, Terry and other experts!!) or speaker design theory from Danley, Geddes, etc. Also if you really want to understand acoustics and how important the room is you need to buy Toole's book. http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Reproduc.../dp/0240520092
There is tons of info online, you should back away from the magazines as a resource for info. They are still fine for general/light audio reading but will mislead you constantly with all their marketing of products that most times are not remotely great for HT needs.
If you laid out your complete requirements in a thread, there is enough expertise on this site to help direct you in the right direction. Some will post their favorite brands, some will post what designs they deem the best for HT and then everyone will argue back in forth. It will be fun!!