Originally Posted by M.T.Nest
I was able to get an appointment to see/buy the gear tomorrow after work.
I did pick these up yesterday evening at what I believe to be an amazing price, even for used gear. I felt a little bad for the seller (but not bad enough to offer more than his asking price
). He had wanted a new large screen television, but his wife wouldn't approve the upgrade unless he downsized his audio system to a soundbar. He was clearly unhappy with the sound quality following the downgrade, but seemed resigned to living with it. Hopefully in time his wife will realize the evil thing she's done and repent, allowing him to upgrade to something even better than before.
I had thought to use the DefTechs and Denon AVR in the wife's craft room, but instead I think the AVR, two of the ProMonitor 800s, and the ProCenter 1000 will be replacing the the living room 3.1 system, where it will get much more use. I'll use the other two Monitor 800s in the craft room with the aging 12 year old Sony AVR from the living room. That way I can reclaim the pair of B&W DM602s from the living room and return them to their rightful place in the home theater 7.1 system. The HT had been downsized to 5.1 and relocated to the master bedroom while the HT space was used as a dormitory during the ten month "visit" of my daughter's family of six.
I'll probably use an extra JBL Control 1 speaker I have on hand as a center channel in the craft room until I can get my hands on another ProCenter 1000 or maybe a 2000.
Here's where I could use some advice: I need to decide which sub to use the living room and which in the craft room, the DefTech ProSub 800 or a Polk PSW10.
The ProSub 800 was part of that package deal, and the Polk was another Craigslist find. It supposedly was never used. It looks very clean, but I was unable to demo it. For $60 I had thought it would be a worthwhile replacement for the 20 year old Klipsch SW-8 in the living room. The Klipsch began to rattle at moderate a week or so ago, which is what prompted me to start looking at the audio ads on Craigslist in the first place That's where I found both the Denon/DefTech ad and the one for the Polk sub. So I'm actually thankful that the 20 year old Klipsch picked this week to fail in a way that even my wife would notice.
The craft room is about 10' x 12', while the living room is a larger space open to the dining room and kitchen, with a high ceiling. Neither sub is large enough to support anything close to reference levels in the space, but the wife generally disapproves of anything in the same zip code as reference level, so no worries there.
Any thoughts on which sub would be better in the larger room?
Hopefully I'll get a chance to get the equipment set up today. Although I am not confident that I'll get as full a sound from the Monitor 800's as we're used to from the 602s, with proper subwoofer placement the ProMonitor 800s should be fine. My wife is REALLY looking forward to the smaller footprint of the Monitor 800s compared to the B&Ws in "her" living room.
Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.