Originally Posted by Fr. John
Well I'm not willing to do 2 subs, it's not just my space here, the rest of the family would balk at two subs. I am willing to consider a new sub though.
I'm also willing to consider a new AVR if it's a must.
I was looking at the Infinity Primus line also. I realize they arent very high end but they sure seem to get a lot of love here. The Infinity Primus PC351 looks good, but not sure if it's an upgrade to what I already have. Never been much of a Klipsch fan.
I want to start out by saying, that as others have already said, the issue is your AVR and its lack of power, your speakers and their lack of true theater-style dynamics, your large room (yes, it's fairly large by home theater standards), and single subwoofer. You've seemed fairly resistant to advice so far, but what you really NEED is new equipment. The receiver and sub are probably worth re-using.
That true "theater" sound is going to require a few things, none of which are cheap or inexpensive. I can tell you how to get it for sure though. Anything really "less" than the below, will give you lesser results. I'm recommending the least expensive way I personally know of, to get that theater style experience you're looking for.
1) Proper amplification. This will involve a separate amp from your receiver. If your current AVR has all the features and codecs you want, and also has pre-outs, then you could just add on with something like this: http://www.sherbourn.com/products/pa5200
There are other amps on the market, so I'm not saying you have to go with this one, but most brands are more expensive for the amount of power you get.
2) Dual subs. I know, not an option right? Be prepared, no matter how good or bad the sub is, to be lacking in some way here if you don't. The best thing I know to do with 1 sub, is buy a Behringer Feedback Destroyer like this one (http://www.zzounds.com/item--BEHFBQ1000
) and then properly set it up using Room EQ Wizard (REW) which you can download here: http://www.hometheatershack.com/roomeq/
You'll need to review the guide, and you'll likely need some computer hardware to make it work properly as well.
ALTERNATE #2 (more expensive): Another option, although slightly more expensive but more automated, is the Velodyne SMS-1. Both #2 options are room mode correctors, so you can deal
with only having 1 subwoofer. You can get the SMS-1 here: http://velodyne.com/sms-1-digitalmanagement-system.html
3) Dynamic, high-efficiency, theater capable speakers. Most people like to say that for theater quality dynamics, you want something really efficient (95+ db sensitivity, more is usually better). The least expensive I've seen that will do this are these: http://www.chasehometheater.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=596&category_id=28&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=142
There are TONS of other options here, but those will get the job done for a low price tag, relatively speaking.
ChadEdited by thirdeye11 - 7/5/13 at 7:14am