Originally Posted by Bunky211
I am seeking help for my first home theater system. I am looking for a mid range setup - not entry level, but not too expensive either. I just picked up a set of the JBL es80bk from frys for $274 I think it was and then purchased the JBL Northridge EC35 for the center (thanks to all the positive reviews on this site).
So far this is all I own. I am 90% decided on an Onkyo receiver, deciding between the TX-NR717 and TX-NR818.
I was considering Bic-America pl-200 for the sub(s). For the price it seems no subs compare? Unless it won't mesh well with the setup any other advice would definitely be appreciated.
One other option for the sub was the Premier Acoustics PA-150. Is it worth the $100 price difference?
So far that is 3.1
What about the other 4 speakers? I am not too good with putting this stuff together and am having trouble locating bookshelf/sattelite speakers that are a good fit.
Also, what type of wiring will I need? I figure I will buy from monoprice.com because of price?
Thanks for the help, again it is very much appreciated.
I have the Pl-200 and 2 Premier Acoustic PA-150's, I have had to send the amp back to BIC for repair once, the PA's have given me no trouble. Both models work well for HT, IMO the PA's are slightly more musical then the BIC.
Is the PA worth 100$ more than the BIC? Yes if you have a larger room to fill with bass, yes if you use it to listen to music regularly. If you are using your system strictly / mostly for HT then I would recommend the PL-200 and put the 100$ difference into another component.
If I could take a minute to discuss receivers, I haven't had an Onkyo since the mid 90's, and since then I have had KW, Sony, 2 Harmon Kardon AVR's an HK stereo receiver (a 3490 which I still have), a Yamaha, a Pioneer VSX-D810S (which one of my sons still has) and my next to last was a Marantz SR6003. When I decided to get one that was 3D capable I researched for a couple of months and ran across a Pioneer SC-1222K on special @ Newegg.com for 599. When I bought the Marantz new 5 years ago I had looked hard at the Onkyo's and since they were having problems with the video chip and heat issues I stayed away from them.
Let me state I am not a fanboy of any particular audio equipment company, even JBL, although I do have a special affinity for them, my mains are L-880's, an LC2, 2- L810's for front height's, 4 X ES-80bk's for surrounds, however I do have others, Martin Logan Motion 12's are on the HK for 2.1 channel listening (along with the PL-200) and I have an Athena Audition series setup for HT in my bedroom. My point is since I am going to plug the SC-1222K it is not "just because I own it it's the best" mentality but because I have had and still have several brands- I can be objective and the Pioneer is worth a look.
The SC-1222K is 2nd from the top in the regular line, however it has the same digital amps in it that the Elite series has had for a while now, this is the main feature that sold me (along with many stellar reviews). There are occasions where I like to push my speakers with certain music and this receiver runs very cool. I have had many become very hot to the touch when doing this, but the Pio gets barely lukewarm when pushing it. The sound quality with the L-880's surprised me when the Pioneer was noticeably better than the Marantz.. I also found that the automatic speaker calibration that the Pioneer has (MCACC) works better than the Audyssey in the Marantz.
Now for the bad, learning the GUI stinks compared to the HK's or the Marantz, not nearly as user friendly, the remote can be a little confusing at times (and no backlight) but now that I have learned it I do fine with it. That is about the only thing I disliked about it, but I attribute that to getting older and not liking change since I was so used to the others.
So there are a few of my opinions/observations, good luck with your decisions.