Originally Posted by heyjugsy
Thanks for your responses/ questions. To begin with, I intend to use this in my living room which is 12 ft x 18 ft and opens into the kitchen and a formal dining room which extend roughly 12 ft further (partitioned by a 2 ft wall). I would like to use this system for movies an music. The music is really varied (from Rock- Dream Theater, Pink Floyd to Santana to Indian music).
I intend to gradually set up a good Home Theater in the basement in 2-3 yrs, hence was looking for a good receiver to begin with (The basement is L- shaped 12ft x 10 ft and 10ft x 8ft). So,the Paradigm salesman did not sell me the Pioneer vsx 52, but neither have I done too much research on the other receivers.
To begin with, my budget was $1000- $1500. I wanted a quality budget HT system to begin with and Energy Take Classic 5.1 caught my attention solely on the reviews on Amazon till I auditioned the Paradigms today for about an hour with various kinds of music and a movie (The Paradigm Cinema CT70 + Pioneer VSX 52 is being offered at $1330) and I liked them to be honest. If I pair the Energy with Pioneer vsx 1221 (which many say is almost the same as VSX 52), I get it for under $1000. So, if any of you have had a chance to hear both these, which one sounds better?
On the other hand as some people here have suggested, I am open to building a good system over time by starting with a decent/ good receiver with two towers (budget $1500- $1700). I guess, I will have to forgo the sub-woofer at the beginning.
I have tried to give you as much information as possible. I would appreciate any advice that would help me in the long run.
Please let me know if you have any questions that can help you to suggest me alternatives.
If you are willing to spend $1330 on the Paradigm and Pioneer system and you say you are willing to spend 1000-1500, then I consider something like this:
A Pair of P252s for the front, a PC350 center and P152's for the surrounds.http://www.crutchfield.com/shopsearch/primus.html
Get a new customer code from someone on here plus use a couple of other codes and the main speakers will set you back about $600.(Just split it into three orders)
The Pioneer 1021 goes on sale at Newegg for $300 fairly frequently or you could buy a number of other receivers on sale and/or open boxed.
Then a HSU sub:http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-2-mk4.html
This is just a tinch over $1500, but would be a better system for a space like yours.
This is just one suggestion.
If you wanted to save some money, you could go with a BIC F-12 sub.http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1...6623677&sr=8-1
This just one set of suggestions, and others will probably chime in with other ideas.
But if you were looking at spending $1000-1500 I think you need to spend more on the speakers and less on the receiver than you originally conceived.
AS I said, this is just my opinion.