Originally Posted by Transmaniacon
I would go with the PL-89s because from what I've read those RTR are just made to get loud and do so at the sake of detail and imaging. Think of them as a good party speaker, where as the Acoustech line is a great home theater choice. The PL-76 would match your center, and some say it has better mid bass because the smaller woofers are a little more accurate in that regards. Regardless what you choose loudness will not be a problem with horn loaded speakers.
I like everything I've read about the PL-86's (and the PL-76's, for that matter). And I do enjoy my PL-26 center channel which , having never heard one before, I bought on faith. I'm interested in getting a set that isn't just loud, but detailed and crispt-sounding, too. That, and reach down low enough in the Hz so I'm not in immediate
need of a sub. I've never talked with anyone whose owned either the RTR's or the PL-86/76 models. (If anyone has a pair of the RTR's I'd enjoy hearing what you have to say about them, since I know nothing other than what I've read in certain sales web sites customer reviews.) Can the PL-86/76 models be set to "large", or would it be better to set them as "small", and find a decent sub. I can certainly see where a sub woulld be good for LFE and anything lower in Hz than the speaker can produce, but would it be really necessary if the speakers reproduce a good deal of bass on their own? I guess, since I've never owned a sub, It's likely I don't know what I'm missing.
Originally Posted by Bond 007
Get whatever fronts you want but a sub is a must for any decent home theater. Really music too. There are a lot of good speakers out there for that price but if you want bic (I like them too) I would suggest the 76s and put the savings over the 89s toward a good sub. Hell, even if you got 2 PL28s for the front it would be better than what you have. Then you could spend about $400 for a decent sub and it would probably be night and day compared to what you are used to and be about the same price as just 2 89s but with a lot better bass.
No doubt most speakers are better than the Sony's I have now. "Night and day" would pretty much describe it, I'm sure. Just the move from my Polk center to the PL-26 was a huge improvement. Just so long as I can find good L & R's now, and supplement them, when possible, with a decent sub, I'll be happy. Movies, sports, and music are what we primarily do with our HT, so what music sounds like will be important, too, not just bassy booms from explosions and such.
Thanks again for all your input!