Originally Posted by raoulvp
Hmm, interesting, I was looking for a pretty similar budget for speakers in my new living room, but I was thinking in an entirely different direction...
$2000 Ascend Tower pair
$1400 Ascend Horizon + RAAL upgrade
$600 Ascend HTM-200 x4 (wall mounted)
~$1000 sub (not yet decided)
I'm personally not too into loud volume in general or bass more specifically since the kids' rooms are somewhat close, should I still be worrying about spending half my budget on subs? Definitely seems like I should care a lot more about the other speakers... Still want to get a good balance of sound though obviously...
Since no one suggested any of these in this thread am I just missing something?
The speakers being discussed in this thread are high output speakers, and are intended to recreate a big, dynamic Imax THX kind of experience. They are more for a dedicated home theater room, although they wouldn't sound bad for regular listening either, they are just a bit ugly for the living room. Ascends are good for regular volumes, but they aren't made for THX Reference level listening.
One thing I would say is if your towers aren't going to have the RAAL tweeters, don't use it for your center either. Keep the center sound as close to the left/right speakers as possible, and this means use the same drivers for all of them. It's best for the front stage to be timbre matched.
One more thing, if you want to lessen the bass from getting into other parts of the house, think about near-field placement. This is where you place the subwoofer very close to the listening position, like right behind the seat, or right next to it like an endtable. By doing this, you don't need nearly as much bass output to achieve the same loudness at your listening position, since you get hit with so much of the sub's energy right out of the gate. This will lessen the amount of bass heard in nearby rooms- and they will hear the bass, there is no way around that unless you use headphones. My favorite endtable sub- the Hsu VTF3 mk4
. Other advantages of near-field placement is since the sub's driver doesn't have to work as hard to hit decent output levels, it will have a lot less distortion. It will also last longer, as less heat is generated, and less movement is required form the driver motor. Another advantage is a more tactile feel, since you and your seat is so close to the woofer it will get a much more direct impact of the air displacement. I recommend near-field placement for every system, but it's a particularly good idea for those who want a nice bass sound but don't want to bother their neighbors very much.