Originally Posted by Hinsoog
Hello folks! So I have an important and interesting question I have been rolling around for quite a while that nobody has tackled at quite this angle, which is surprising.
So I'm looking to completely upgrade my surround sound setup, and I'm completely paralyzed with indecision, and your opinions would be deeply appreciated!
So once HDMI 2.0 receivers come out, I'll likely buy a receiver in the $1,000 - $1,300 range to power one of the two following arrangements below. The first setup idea will ultimately be cheaper by a bit, but price isn't really what's important here, it's just that I don't want to be paying way more for a setup that might possibly be inappropriate for my space which is about 210" by 170", but if there is ANY benefit for me to go all-out in the second setup idea in terms of realistic sound, then I'm interested. Also, this will all be powering a three-way tie between videogames, movies, and music in terms of what I'm using it for, but I'm not interested in sacrificing musicality and subtlety in sound.Idea 1:
FOUR JBL L890s; 2 for the left and right, 2 for the surrounds, and then fill in with the LC2 for the center, and the L830s for the rear surrounds (with the matching L8400P subwoofer). The benefit of this is that I get that appealing perfect uniformity for L/R and surround L/R, and the LC2 sounds like it's an especially great center channel. I want speakers to have good musicality and realism, and it sounds like L890s are no slouch there, but may not be able to quite compete with idea 2:Idea 2:
2 JBL Studio 590s for the left and right, and either 2 JBL Studio 580s or 2 JBL Studio 570s for the surround left and right (or if it's not toooo crazy, two more 590s!), and then fill in with the Studio 520CBK for the center and a pair of bookshelf Studio 530s for the rear surrounds (with the surprisingly cheaper 550P for the super-low end which looks like it's supposed to match the 500 series). So the thing here that haunts me is that I'm not really at peace with not having my L/R surrounds be some fairly-uniform floorstanding speakers, maybe unreasonably, but I don't know if it makes sense to have a 570, 580, or perhaps even another pair of 590s in this room, cost not being the only main issue, and I don't really want two pairs of dinky bookshelf 530s. I had even humored the idea of having a pair of L890s as L/R surrounds for the 590s, but I have a feeling that I should match horns with horns all-around, though that's the kicker, perhaps two-sets of those types of horns actually could subtract from my setup in some way with a room this size, as though they would cancel each other out for imaging. So subtracting price from the equation, would you do another pair of 590/580/570s for the L/R surrounds? A pair of 590s and a pair of 570/580s would match very well right?
From there, there has been some anxiety about the horns of the Studio 500 series. On one hand, it sounds like they knock it out of the park in terms of audiophile-level musicality and realistic highs that feel like they are right there, but on the other hand my space isn't huge, so maybe I can pull off something similar or perhaps more appropriate with the sweet spot of a well-aimed batch of L Series speakers in Idea 1, while saving a bit of money and not sacrificing any realism in sound. In terms of knowledge, I'm not an audiophile quite yet, but I'm ready and willing to pay for audiophile quality in this general price range. I sometimes run into completely opposing opinions about the Studio 500 series' horns coloring the sound too much by the nature of the horns, or even taking away a touch of musicality for the sake of exploding the highs into a large room. Naturally, if it's possible that I'm paying for overbearing highs and lows that are actually sacrificing sound quality or subtlety for a room size that I don't currently have, then of course it makes complete sense to go with the L Series in Idea 1. But, the more I read about the 500 series, the more I think that a bias towards the L890s around the web is hiding the fact that there is a step up in realism with the Studio 500 series' horns regardless of room size, but I just don't know.
That's a lot of text and I'm sorry, but any opinions would be deeply appreciated!TL/DR
: For a smallish 210" X 170" room, a set of 4 Studio 590s (or 570/580s for surround L/R) and related additional speakers VS a set of 4 L890s and related L-series speaker for someone who wants realistic sound, price not being the most important factor.