Originally Posted by kruzer101
I havent listened to many ht systems, bose lifestyle once and the b&w 7 series..
By on the cheap i meant a lower price than what this b&w setup is costing me i.e. around 13,500 USD..but anyway whats your opinion on the current B&W setup? Is it worth going for??
I'm personally not fond of the B & W sound until you get into the Nautalus (sp?) line. THAT is where B & W really shines IMHO. A couple of their higher end bookshelves aren't too bad, but again, very expensive for what you get.
I just feel for that kind of coin (or certainly a LOT less) you can get as good or even a LOT better. I know I certainly did with my AUDES Blues based HT system.
There are MANY nice brands that you can get into for say $3,000 to $7,000 (USD) that will give you incredible sound and value for the dollar. Certainly more than B & W IMHO. To me, B & W is one of those esoteric brands that charges more for their product simply because it says B & W on the box. Not, because it cost that much to produce or sounds that great. Again, with exception of the Nautalus line.
Some B&M brands to consider....
JM Labs Focal
JUST to name a FEW....
Some of the ID brands I would look at....
Again.... to name a few.
Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint. If you only buy on the recommendations of others, you may, and most likely will, end up with something you aren't happy with. Now, you've spent all this $$$ and need to start all over.
I auditioned speakers for almost a year before making a final purchase. I always used the same reference discs and took copious notes in a log book I kept of the process. I even listened to some brands more than once. A couple of brands that I fell in love with early on, I ended up disliking very much later in the process. But, I've had my HT speakers for six years now and haven't ONCE had the urge to "upgrade" or change in any way. WELL WORTH my auditioning efforts I think.
Besides, it's a blast listening to so many different brands of gear.
Good luck in your search!