Originally Posted by lovinthehd
What did you like about the B&W and dislike about the Polks? They'll likely both sound completely different in your own room as the room is a great influence on how it's going to sound in the end. You might also start with a 3.1 system and add surround speakers later. Internet direct speakers can offer great value, but of course is somewhat a gamble in that you'll have to wait until they arrive to listen to them (but many offer 30 day in home trials if you're willing to pickup the return shipping, some even both ways). Personally I like Ascend Acoustics; the 170SE for L/C/R wouldn't hurt the wallet too much but really for a room your size you should spend more and go for the 340SEs as they would fill the room much better. Internet direct subs are the only way to go IMHO unless you find a really good deal on the traditional distribution sub company offerings.
I do not understand the technical details, but the over all sound quality and clarity sounded better on B&W.
Today I also took the exact mssurement of the basement where I will be settting up the home theatre. The total basement size is : L - 36 ft, W - 16ft, H - 7.5ft. The area where I will be setting up the home theatre is : L - 16 ft, W - 15ft, H - 7.5ft. Not sure if the speakers should be considered keeping the entire basement area in mind or just the area where I am going to be setting up the home theatre. Any advice?
I will explore the Ascend Acoustics 340SE and 170SE both and see if I can try listening to these speakers. Is there any local store in the US where I can find these on display and try? or the only way is to order online listen and then if I do not want to keep return?
How is the SVS PB1000 for my setup? will this be a good choice for subwoofer?
Any other recommendations from any one on the forum on speakers and sub?