Originally Posted by ack_bk
Don't take this the wrong way, but I feel like you spent a lot more on your receiver (unless you got an amazing deal) than you are your speakers. My personal rule of thumb was to spend 3 to 4 times more on my speakers (7.1 setup) than my receiver.
I don't disagree. Ended up having Newegg's weekend deal almost
matched at a cash price. (newegg was offering a 500 giftcard).
Years past when I developed ideas of how much to spend I was going by Retail pricing, and then picking up gear via Factory Accomidation (working @ various retail establishments). Today it's hard to say, "Well, I spent $950 on a $1500 reciever. Now lets set a budget of x(1500)*retail* for speakers."
My previous setup was Klipsch RF-62 II mains, RC-62 II center, RS-61 surr, RB-61 II Rear Surr, and a Phasetech Power 12. Retail was a bit north of 3k.
I happened on the SVS and HSU speaker setups after reading about their Sub's. The idea of an internet direct company was very appealing. I love the personal service, care in product and passion for sound. At first I reguarded their "full range" packages as weak attmepts to provide HTIB solutions, but was suprised at the reviews these LOW PRICED speakers were getting.
It's tough to know where ID pricing is comparable to Retail products (on paper).
Along this line of thinking, I picked up the Yamaha A2000 over the Pioneer 1021 because -I- Feel like buying anything retail @ full Pop is a bad idea...after getting factory accomidation it's tough to pay retail. Sumiko annually gave 75% off to their entire imported line (that's 2500 for a pair of VA Mahler's). Ok, that and I wanted the second HDMI output, pre amp outs, Zone remote (for that house that's a year off) and I dont think i'm going to "run out of reciever" anytime soon. The "previous" system I mentioned was origionally run with a Denon 3801, a Pioneer Elite 37tx, and currently a Pioneer vsx-1018. The 1018 does a good job with movies, but doesn't make music sound like it used to :-(.
I'd rather have the headroom, future expandability, and that 1 extra HDMI output...and a $400 dollar bump dind't seem to bad.
Back to the speakers though - My thoughts are that these ID speakers may just be worth a listen. If not, I can wait :-(
EDIT: Oh, the Previous system is stying with my roomate of 10+ years, and I'm getting married in July. Currently I live in an apartment with My fiance and am trying to "knock out" some of these Man-essitentials prior to the wedding :-). Mits 73"dlp-Check, Reciever with some future in mind- Check, Speakers-in progress.
--btw is there another theread that I started comparing SVS to Warfedale...appoligies for the duplication...same convo tho.