Originally Posted by The Murderousone
Going to be pairing this with a Mcintosh MHT 200 that I will be picking up soon. 75% music 25% Movies.....Can be bookshelf or floor standing.....
To answer your question directly, there is no absolutely best if you're going mix HT with music. You can have one or the other but if you want the "absolute" best, you have to pick one, music or home theater and then you have to choose the total of your setup to reflect this choice as the other choice has to be looked upon as an also ran.
One has to state, is the venue a large, open, vaulted ceiling where FmRm and kitchen are fully open to each other with tile or hardwood floors or are you listening in the intimate setting of the library with over stuffed furniture, carpet and lots of bookshelves? How sophisticated would your characterize your listening experience? Have you taught yourself how to listen for nuances in sound quality or are you use to concerts, boom boxes and movie theater palaces and you're ready to step up the quality of your listening experience? All these questions are relevant towards answering your question; ribbons, horns, mains, bookshelf, full home theater or high-end stereo.
Just an aside, you mention the McIntosh MHT 200, a high-end receiver but it has no HDMI hookups and today, pretty much, HDMI is today's standard, not to mention it's ability to accurately decode today's movie track standards. Is this really the best choice in receivers that's available to you?
-Edited by BeeMan458 - 8/8/12 at 6:01am