Originally Posted by Mudslide
Easy now. Why so argumentative, juju?
The OP wants to have music AND an HT surround option. And it shouldn't come as a surprise to you that it's HIS money to spend (or waste by your standards).
And for you to say that "people almost always recommend their own equipment" is perhaps not so true as you believe. There are a lot of experienced folks here on AVS that have auditioned (or owned) tens or hundreds of speakers, or more, that can provide insights into gear without pimping their own. (And if you're referring to me, btw...I'm an Aerial Acoustics guy who enjoys his Model 7B's in 2-channel music within a 7.2 system. And in case you missed it, the Aperions I recommended are in his price range and allow for FREE [shipping included] 30-day trials in home. It doesn't get better than that.)
I guess you didn't have anything positive to contribute to the OP?
All I'm saying is I wish when I was learning about audio equipment, that someone would have taught me about why quality > quantity. I too fell for the idea that having a 5.1 surround setup was all the rage.. only to eventually learn just HOW inferior it was to having 2 incredible speakers up front when it comes to music, one of my greatest passions.
Really its just simple math. Lets say you have a receiver and a sub already, and you have $1,000 for your speaker budget. I'm arguing that TWO speakers @ $500/each will blow the doors off say the amount you went with, SEVEN speakers, at only $140 each.
No matter how many $140 speakers you keep adding, it will never match the sound quality you could have gotten from just two $500 speakers.
So I'm just trying to get him to think about every option he has really. Its obvious he will get surround sound suggestions.. but I just challenge the popular notion that having sound coming from behind you is somehow more of a necessity than having incredible, crystal clear sound quality.. ESPECIALLY for music lovers.
.. and I didn't say always, I said ALMOST always
.. and I stand by that statement because I find the same exact thing going on at every forum's audio section.