Hey hoping Hannoo still checks in here, because I ended up getting a very similar system and would like his thoughts on settings. I hadn't read this thread until after I did my own research and come up with nearly same system. I got a Pioneer 1021 on Newegg for 299.00 and got the SqT warranty offsite, Best buy has the same Pioneer speaker set or did for about 280.00, it may have gone up a few dollars but not much. You get the two FS51's 2 BS21s, and the C21 center in that. (by the way if you wish to mount the BS21’s on wall as I did I highly recommend the (Pinpoint AM-40B Side Clamping Bookshelf Speaker Wall Mount) Got them on Amazon and they look nice and perfect I have them at nearly a 90 to back wall anyway so the port and wall are not an issue. Anyone have any idea on how to mount the giant C21 Center on wall? I need to mount it over my TV, right now it’s sitting on a shelf I just put on wall….would like a better looking solution.
For the Subwoofer it was down to BIC F12 or go all out and get the Epik Legend.....which I have to admit I still wish I had. Ultimately my little 2000 sqft house does not justify that much subwoofer my living room is like maybe 240 sqft, not sure. I have not measured recently. The F12 was 188.00 on Ebay and I had a -20.00 Amazon coupon due to a previous order they messed up...so all in all my system cost me 800 bucks with shipping taxes etc. I am AMAZED by the sound I am getting for this figure.
By far the Pioneer speakers are the most amazing thing I have experience both considering their price and size. As far as I am concerned there is no better bang for the buck then this speaker set. Worth it if they had cost double.
I also have to disagree HEAVILY on them being “FUGLY”. I think they are perfect for my taste. (How are looks given as "FUGLY" but sound is subjective? Looks are subjective, sound can be measured and graphed. I personally like things to look understated, classy and subdued. These are all of that. Then again I also do not like neon lights on cars, I refuse to get a sports sedan if I can't get it without the stupid and always useless spoiler. My computer cases are all usually gunmetal like p-190’s, with smooth lines, no windows with bouncy lights or other cheesy fanfare. Yes many of the speakers from the so called "better" brands are bigger standing next to the Pioneer FS51's sadly their sound quality doesn't seem to improve for their size difference usually. Often the enclosure on those speakers doesn’t match the the actual cones in them. It doesn’t help them anymore then putting a larger muffler helps a naturally aspirated engine, or taking the cover off your speaker to expose the cone does anything other than give it less protection......we all have our own tastes though. So whatever works for you. For me these are classy, and amaze people who first hear them who are not expecting it.
I knew a guy once who had a basic brown 70’s Nova only thing that hinted it was anything more then an old car was the tires, which he purposely left with no rims…..many idiots had their hearts broken racing him for papers in spiffy tricked out street racers. These speakers are kind of like that Nova except more refined, and classy but like that Nova, they hide a lot of RAW power, and high quality sound.
When I close my eyes I can feel the Cello, and Bass Strings vibrato...I mean actually feel them...there's larger boomier subs then the F12, and I’m sure they’d sound great booming dubstep at some crazy level. However whether it's the FS51's or the F12 the mid ranges sound so real I could swear someone is playing the string instruments in the room. The low mid’s are just insanely realistic.....of course it can give enough base from any action flick to swear it's real gun fire, and often when lightning rumbles on TV when I am not watching, I have to check out window to make sure it's not real....the entire house will rumble with that F12 if i turn it up too far. (too far for me is usually maybe half way up the dial…(Guess that means I do not need the Epik for my size home)
Which this gets back to my question for Hannoo or anyone else who is pairing FS51's with the BIC F12.... Wondering how you set up your Subwoofer with these, at what level do you set the volume, how big is your space? Also do you set Crossover lower like 80?, or just go 120 and let receiver take over?..... Every time I run the MCACC it says I have sub to high even at 3 volume.....and it lowers the channel way too much for my tastes. Starting to wonder if the MCACC function really works properly or if I have just lost too much hearing over the years.
Any tips on your setup would be appreciated.
Also on Pioneer 1021 which is almost the same, basically airplay and ipod/iphone app I sonly diff I know of….wondering about settings. My HDMI linked sound like my DVD player, Popcorn hour, cable box, etc sound great. However the sound that had to be Analog like my Wii really is just not coming across very well. The Surround from Wii especially seems muted…..any suggestions?
Anyway for anyone wanting a good sound system for a sub $1,000 price, and care more about the sound quality for music, and movies. Then having a hipper name brand or large size or a need to take grill off and expose cone....I can highly recommend this set up as well. Research it yourself. Check out the stats (not just the numbers as so many companies puch freq resp numbers at you without showing realistic graphs) For the money I know of no other speakers that come close to the FS51's ($200 a pair usually), they may be out there but I have yet to see and hear them. I couldn't find any for 400 that had as full a range or quality either, they just maybe got "bigger". Once you got into the $500 and up though they got left behind......I am no pro "Audiophile" though.....just a logical researcher who read alot and went and listened to everything first.