Originally Posted by lawn_wrangler
Are there any cheap bookshelfs, centers, subs out there that will voice well with the CM5s up front so I can replace them later with CMs? (First order of business, of course, would be to add the matching center). Matching the voicing would be most important but approximating the look of the wenge finish (which has confirmed WAF) would also be nice.
Or am I approaching this all wrong? Should I go dirt cheap all around (e.g., Energy Take Classic) until I can spring for the whole B&W set?
Thanks, and PMs welcome.
If I were you, I'd go 2.1 for now. You could get the CM5, which by itself is satisfying for for music, no sub really needed. Try it out, and if you still feel you must have a sub, I'm going to recommend you steer away from the CM10 sub, just because you can just buy a small SVS SB12-Plus (in Piano black) which I really find superb for musical ability and still provides a good kick for home theater. If you find the CM5 fine without a sub, just add the center instead.
This way, you don't really have to sacrifice on 2-channel sound quality, and you aren't buying anything that you have to later sell at a loss. I'd rather have a good 2.1, 3.1, 3.0 system over a mediocre 5.1 system anyday.
Being a previous owner of some Energy Take speakers, you would NOT be happy with the Take Classic even for casual music listening....so you really should avoid getting something cheap like that if you are going to be stuck with it for a few years.