Originally Posted by mnc
Thanks! No I am still using my Yamaha 861. I like the Denon 4520, but it lacks a couple of features found on some newer models so I am going to wait for it's replacement. Hopefully it will be announced at CES!
I still LOVE my VT2/VS2 system, but I know it won't last forever so I am just considering my future upgrade path. I can't help wondering how much better the new Classic system might sound than my current setup.
I have very limited space/ setup options in my living room. The fours would be easiest since they are almost the same as my VT2's. What is crazy is it is actually cheaper to get the Three's and 2 B-12d's than the Fours!
Yes, that is crazy that the towers cost more. For the money, the Three's and 2 B-12d's would give you the most bang for the buck and the best lower bass (keep in mind you already get a DSP BASH amplifier with each sub - another cost you would need to add if you want to bi-amp the Fours). If money were not a consideration, I'd go with the Fours and still get a pair of subs. I would not bi-amp the Fours, but XO them at 60Hz (if you need more power, just use a more powerful amp for your L/R or L/C/R). When I got the Fours, I initially used the X2 electronic crossover and did like the results, but when it comes down to it, placement of the Fours was not the best placement for bass and then I just tried it with extra subs. I come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter how deep your towers go, it's still best to have dedicated subs and XO the towers at some higher freq than it's -3db lower rating. The Fours easily reached 25 Hz in my room, lower than the rated 27 Hz due to room gain, but I XO them at 60 Hz (gives them a lot of headroom). I tried them XO'd at 40, 60 and 80, the 60 sounded the best to me with music, for movies, I couldn't tell the difference. It'll come down to how they sound in your room, you may be satisfied with just the Fours and no subs. If so, you may want to find an X2 or and equivalent so that you can tweak the lower end a bit (I usually like the bass bumped up 3db for movies), personal preference.