Originally Posted by kidsdoc
hello, i'm a newbie overall to the forums & this is my first post re: speakers for a home theatre setup. i'll be purchasing a 50-60" plasma shortly & i'm looking to start a home theatre system in my condo where i will be living for the next 18 months or so, after which my wife & i will hopefully be moving into a new house. i just picked up an onkyo sr-605 & i will be setting up the home theatre in a "living room" (~ 10'Wx14') that is part of an open living space including the dining area/kitchen. admittedly, i'm no audiophile & will be using this setup primarily for enjoying movies. to prove my point, my primary music source will be my ipod
i have been spending the better part of the last 3-4 days researching this site & various hi-fi websites, including sound&vision, hometheatrehifi, hometheatre, ultimateavmag, & others; i've read on those sites & on this one about wonderful brands/speakers such as PSB, aperion, Atlantic Tech, AV123, & radiient but at this point i want to go w/ one of the "mainstream" companies (& at this point my head is spinning!)
i had a couple of generic questions before looking for specific suggestions:
1) what are monitors? are they any different than L/R speakers?
2) i've read that a 3-way speaker is not necessarily better than a 2-way, true?
what i'd like to purchase at the moment is a pair of speakers that i can use alone for at least a couple of months before adding a subwoofer/center channel & eventually 2 surrounds; obviously i'd like a pair that will provide me w/ sufficient bass to carry me over to purchasing the subwoofer. i'm also aware that i should be trying to listen to the speakers which i'm definitely going to try to do before making my final decision.
my eventual plan is to add a nice ("timbre-matched" & expensive) pair as my front L/R speakers & rotate the rest of the speakers accordingly (to make my 5.1 setup a 7.1 setup)
some of the speakers i'm looking at currently (as this point i'd like to spend no more than $400-500 for the pair & i'm leaning towards either polks or jbls):
(i like the aesthetics on the Klipschs)
Infinity: (unfortunately there are no authorized Infinity dealers in MA)
infinity BETA 40
would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions; also, do any of these companies have better "resale" value than others in case i want to start over in a couple of years; are "refurbished" units safe to purchase? (i.e. from jbl & infinity)