Originally Posted by sdg4vfx
Much thanks for your input! Been looking at the specs of the speakers you suggested and doing a little more research to gather more specific questions.
Thinking my first purchase will be R/L/C and sub, and I'll upgrade my surrounds in a month or two. So, remembering impressively high volume is not my goal, but rather good definition and a balanced dynamic range at mid to lower mid volume is …
A friend has the Martin Logan Dynomo 500 I was able to audition. To my ears it has a tight sound with lots of definition (I can distinguish the pitch, individual sounds, etc.) as opposed to being nebulous or boomy. So ...
Would the less expensive Energy S10.3 have the same qualities? (In which case great!)
Is the Martin Logan Dynomo 500 a sub you would recommend ($500)? Or is it overkill in my situation?
After taking a closer look I realized I have a big restriction to take into account … My center speaker can't be more than 6" deep. This limits my options re R/L/C combinations.
The RC-10's R/L look great, but the only center I can use is the RC-Mini-C center. Would that make for an unbalance up front? (I'm thinking the center is the last speaker I want under-performing.)
I've found two R/L/C trio sets with centers that fit, and are in my price range, from Definitive Technologies:
R/L ProMonitor 1000's with a ProCenter 1000. ($660)
R/L Mythos5 towers with a Mythos3 center. ($850 - worth the extra expense?)
A third wild-card option - I heard these at a friend's house and like the sound of them. Never of heard of this brand before.
R/L HTD Level Two towers with a HTD Flat Panel center. ($549)
Do any of these combinations sound particularly good or bad for the money?
I've used the RC-10's as fronts with the RC-mini CC. I later used them with the RC-LCR. The LCR is a definite step up, but the RC-mini CC is very good in its own right. I'd highly recommend the RC-LCR, but if you're not able to have it, the mini is a very good alternative.
I haven't heard the Martin Logan, but I do own the S10.3. I listen to both two channel (CD) and multi channel music (DVD-A, SACD, FLAC) of all different stripes - hip hop, jazz, classical, rock. I'm in an apartment, which is why I haven't stepped up to a Hsu, SVS, etc. sub, but to me the S10.3 delivers what I want. It doesn't have the power of those subs, but then I am not looking for room busting power where I am. I would also recommend the S10.3.
If you want to spend the $500 (or around there) for a sub, there are some very good alternatives. Look at the Hsu VTF2-MK4. You might ask the question in the subs forum about the comparison of the S10.3 and the Martin Logan, but here's a couple of specs to consider:
- Frequency response - Martin Logan is 29Hz - 200Hz, S10.3 is 21 Hz to 120Hz. I'd give the edge to the S10.3.
- Amplifier power - Martin Logan 120 Watts RMS, 360 Watts peak. S10.3 is 200 Watts RMS, 800 Watts peak. The S10.3 has more power available.
- Materials - Martin Logan has a polypropylene cone, the S10.3 has a polypropylene ceramic/glass/mica deposit hybrid with ribbed elliptical surround. More well versed people can speak to the benefits (see subs forum), but being an ex-chemist, I appreciate the benefits of improved materials.
In the final analysis, what it sounds like to you is the most important thing, but in trying to get as much information as you can, these are some things where the S10.3 is IMO better. The price for the S10.3 is a great bargain right now. The original MSRP was over $500, so it's a quality sub.
Again, if you plan on spending $500, I would get another sub, but the Martin Logan wouldn't be first on my list.