Originally Posted by Doose
Picking up from where I left off in the thread - I went out to Bestbuy and well, frankly - it went as expected.
Final question of the day:
Denon e400 -$329
Focal Chorus 717v (pair) - $749
Focal CC701 Center channel - $350
If I order the center channel and main pair they throw in a MS Carnival 9 subwoofer for 'free' per their specials- $250 value (read good reviews on it as well)
I have a pair of JBL floor standing speakers left over at the folks that I could use for rear surround until I decided on something different.
Denon e400- $329
Pioneer FS52 (pair) - $250
Pioneer SP-C22 (center) - $99
Pioneer SP-BS22 (rear surround) - $129
BIC America 430 12" woofer - $180
Your money, your dollar - which way do you go?
Thanks a million!
That subwoofer doesn't look very good. I've seen the specs on it... 100 watts = underpowerd. Not to mention it doesn't say whether it's 100 watts peak or rms. It could be 50 watts with 100 peak... It also says it has a frequency response down to 25hz - but doesn't give a specification for how many db down it is at the point. 25hz at -6db? -10db? - don't bother with it. They're giving it to you for free for a reason - it sucks. Sometimes people give good reviews because they have to justify their spending money on something, and even THINK it sounds good - when in fact it sounds like crap and they don't know what they're talking about.
As far as the Focal's go... I did some research on them. They have good sensitivity, 91.5 at 8ohms, which means they're easy to drive. Your receiver won't need much power to make them play nice and loud. Focal is a world class speaker manufacturer, and if you went in that direction, I wouldn't fault you. That being said, they are the lowest end of Focal's lineup. I had a look on Focal's website, http://www.focal.com/en/181-chorus-700
and couldn't find the 717's anywhere. I suspect this is because they have been discontinued, and have been replaced with the 714's etc. This doesn't mean they're a bad speaker, just means it's an older model. The price isn't bad - but I think you'd be better served with the Andrew Jones line up. If you have the extra money to spend, ( and it seems you do as you were thinking about picking up the best buy deal for 1350 ) I would forgo the BIC and get an SVS PB1000. As I said it's got rave reviews and is quite arguably the best sub you can get for 500 dollars. This would still put you under what best buy wanted to sell you.
Your other option is to keep an eye out for used speakers. For 800 dollars you can sometimes get some pretty decent deals. Really though, between the two I'd go for Andrew Jones. There is another option, the ARX A5 speakers have been blowing people away. They won a competition at Home Theater Shack http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/two-channel-audio/69421-official-1-000-speaker-evaluation-home-audition-event-results.html
- for best speaker under 1000, and everyone who buys them seems to instantly fall in love with them. In fact they beat out the Focal 716v's. If you're willing to use your JBL's as surrounds for the short term ( you WILL need to change them up as the different speaker voicing will be noticeable - pans from movie sequences might sound out of sync etc ) .. you could purchase the A5 http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=arx-a5-floorstanding-loudspeaker&products_id=227&
and A2 Center http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=arx-a2rx-c-center-lcr-loudspeaker&products_id=66&
for a total of 989.. then either use your extra to pic up a BIC sub - this one would actually be my choice between the one you have listed and the SVS I suggested: http://www.amazon.com/BIC-PL-200-Acoustech-Platinum-Series/dp/B001W3FXAQ
that would bring you to about 1350 again with the ARX Floorstanders and center and Sub. Edit: Sorry that last suggestion doesn't incorporate your receiver into the equation - so that's out.
As far as bang for the buck goes, and if you want to complete your system now ( I know I HATE waiting myself ) - go for the Pioneers - the E400 ( I'm surprised best buy is offering it at that low of a price, better double check the model ) and the subs in this order of awesomeness 1. SVS PB100 2. Bic PL200 3. Bic America 430 ...
Cheers!Edited by Sean Spamilton - 11/17/13 at 8:40pm