Originally Posted by coldmachine
There's no typical. There is quite a range. For a good size room and a 324 system, you need to be budgeting around $100K.
Yikes. Well, it does make the NHT more palatable, except for the fact that there's no one even doing anything as expensive as the Genelec system out here, so it would come across as very expensive here.
The NHTs seem very similar to the 324s conceptually - 4 x 150W for the monitors, 500W each with dual 12" for the subs, 4-way digital crossover with steeper than normal slopes (not sure what the slope/frequencies are yet), all aluminum/magnesium drivers.
As I understand it, a 5.2 system would be $45K, a 7.7 pretty much full blown system would be under $75K, but you could use their smaller Xds as rears and that would drop the price back to about $45K again for a 7.5 system. That includes cabling and pre-EQing at the factory for your setup/room/speaker positioning. About $3K for the matching surround preamp. Keep in mind that the DEQX internally has as much as 8192 digital EQ/impulse response correction points per channel, so the correction is very fine and very precise. They can also run up to 300dB/octave crossovers, though I suspect they will be doing 48-120dB/octave to keep latency low.
The Lion, if you love detail, snap, power, accuracy, see if you can listen to even the basic 3-way Xd system as it gives you just a hint of what the bigger system will do (not available until November, they say). I don't think I've ever heard a more resolving speaker at any price and at pretty much any frequency.