Hello 1222k owners,
I am putting together a new setup, and I have a few questions. I recently had an orb audio mod4/mod2 system with an uber 10 sub and a pioneer 1020k receiver. This system had treated me well for several years. Well, once you get something decent in audio, the upgrade bug eventually hits. Anyway, my plan, which started about a month ago, is to slowly piece together a big-boy system with some real punch as funds allow. So, the first thing I upgraded was my sub. Although I love the Uber 10, I upgraded to an SVS pb-1000. Next, I wanted to get a good deal on an amp. So, I picked up the pio 1222-k (receiving it next week). The next step, within the next year or so, is to get the front three speakers (I will add the surrounds later). I have been doing a lot of research as to what is better to match with a quality sub, bookshelf speakers or towers, and it seems to be a mixed bag of opinions. Anyway, I narrowed it down to two options to match with the 1222k and the pb-1000.
B & W 684 Towers = 90db sensitivity, 25-150 power handling, 44hz-22khz +-3db FR, and SIZE 35.8H/ 7.8W/ 11.8D/ 40.1lbs
B & W htm61 Center = 90db sensitivity, 30-250 power handling, 38hz-22khz +-3db FR, and SIZE 7.8H/ 21.5W/ 13.4D/ 34lbs
SVS Ultra Bookshelf Speakers = 87db sensitivity, 20-150 power handling, 45hz-32khz +-3db FR, and SIZE 14.9H/ 8.5W/ 10D/ 19lbs
SVS Ultra Center = 87db sensitivity, 20-225 power handling, 45hz -32khz +-3db FR, and SIZE 8H/ 22W/ 10D/ 31lbs
Both options seem to be reviewed generally well. I plan on using this setup for 80% TV watching and Blu rays and 20% music listening. As for cost, both of these options (after tax for B and W or speaker stands for the Ultras will cost about $1800-$1900, so price is a wash. So, which setup do you think would be better for my needs paired with the 1222k and the pb-1000? I also want to run these speakers and the eventual surrounds in a 5.1 setup not 7.1. I DO NOT want to buy an external amp because I want the receiver to be able to supply all the power to make these speakers shine. I listen at moderately loud levels at most -15db is about as loud as I'll ever crank it but usually low 20's. So, let me know if either of these speaker sets are too much for this receiver, and of course if the receiver will work with both, which is the better option? Thank you for any opinions! This forum has highly intelligent people when it comes to audio and video!