Originally Posted by jmichaelf
Okay, opinion restated: $5k speakers can
be a good purchase but there is hardly any value in purchasing top performing speakers, the second most important part of the puzzle, and leaving the room, which is the most important piece, untouched.
Forgive my negativity when I post; and what about us dummies who don't know better.
Again, you'll have to forgive me as comments like your above (no disrespect intended) compel me to respond as to me, unintentionally I'm sure, the comments come across as flip or arrogant. This as opposed to being informative or helpful to the OP. At the entry level of sub $5k 5.1 speaker systems, not too many people are onto what a room can do to sound in regard to sound waves cancelling each other out due to uncontrolled room reflections. Programs like Audyssey MultiEQ XT fix a multitude of sonic sins in a room populated with a theater like sound system.
Disclosure: I went the route of the speakers must be perfect in their set up and then some; audio-nervosa. Drove my wife, family and friends nuts with all the minor changes, tweeks and audio angst. Then I woke-up regarding reality vs esoteric. I asked myself, how do I really listen to our set-up? Do I listen with my eyes closed while in the critical listening position, paralyzed in fear of moving out of the sweet spot or do I listen/watch movies when the family and friends are over with a Blu-ray disk in the player and everybody having fun while munching on their very own personalized bowl of well buttered popcorn; entertainment? When I answered that question, I realized I was missing the fun of the movies and the act of sharing because I was so wrapped up in the esoteric details of the audio system. The interest in speakers and sound quality had ceased to be fun as it had became about the nervosa and not the entertaining quality a decent set-up brings to the table, compelling sound with which to accompany the movie watching experience.
As a curiosity, at $5k, what do you consider to be a top performing 5.1 speaker set?
(FWIW, our 5.2 speaker system, new, with 15% dealership discount, would be a $6.5k system, The point, my comments do not come from the sour grapes of not having a $5k speaker system.)
I have to ask as I keep getting hooked by these types of comments.
-Edited by BeeMan458 - 7/27/12 at 3:23pm