Originally Posted by Ericn84
I have a few athena spekaer questions for you experts=)
I am going to be moving into a house where the living room is 14x16.
Currently I have a Pioneer VSX-815 7.1 system. When I orginally bought my receiver, I was just looking for a basic speaker set to get me going until I replaced it. I currently have a cheap Sony 7.1 speaker system that costed $200 total and it came with a sub woofer.
Now I am looking at starting to upgrade my speakers and I am looking at the Audition Series 2 speaker set.
While reading through the post, I see that the C1 doesnt seem to be able to keep up with the F2.2's and that people were using the B1.2/B2.2 for their center speaker. I am also seeing people talk about the R1's speakers and how good they are.
Would this be a good setup?:
1 B2.2 for my center
2 F2.2 for my front speakers
2 B2.2 for my side speakers
2 R1 speakers for my rear
Now being that the R1 speakers are a bi-pole design, are they wired up differently then normal speakers? (Showing my speaker n00bism=). Also, should I still go with the R1's are should I just go with the B2.2's for my rears?
The reason I am looking at the 2.2's for my speakers is because if I am spending the money, I would rather just spend the extra $200-$300 for the best speakers because I dont plan on upgrading again. I am kind of kicking myself still for only getting the VSX-815 instead of the VSX-1015=( Although I am only going to have a 14x16 room and most likely wont be moving into a large room for quite some time.
Any advice would be wonderful!
I am by no means an expert and know what I know thanks to the others at this wonderful site. But I'll try to answer some of the questions...
The R1s will be wirerd the same as any other speakers meaning you can use banana plugs or spades or bare wire if you please.
Some have complained about the C1 not keeping up with the F2s. Many however find the C1 to be a very good speaker, but the B2 will definetely go better. So if you don't have a space or $ constraint, certainly go with the B2 as a center.
Experiment using the R1s for the sides or rears. Some prefer the bipoles on the side and the more direct bookshelves on the rear. A few have used R1s for both siide and rear. Any of the setups would sound great. It's a matter of preference really. The bipoles are more diffuse and apparently the sound can't be pinpointed as easilly. Also it depends on if your primary use is multichannel music or movies. Most would recommend bookshelves for multi-ch music. Again, it's a matter of preference.
I have a very similar setup, except I didn't purchase an extra pair of rears or bookshelves for 7.1...I'm still wiring it up...Thee AS-F2s sound greatt paired with the HK 235, but hopefully in the next week I'll have my basement thheater all setup.
Also, one last thing - get a good sub. I got tthe Athena P6000 and it's great. But if I had the $ I'd go with an SVS.
Good luck with your setup.