I've had a HTPC for a while and had it connected to my TV with no extra speakers. I decided to take the plunge and buy an amp and speakers.
I've already purchased a Sony STR-DN1040 AV Receivers but I've yet to decide on a set of speakers. I want the speakers for movies mainly but if they are good with music that's a bonus. I want to be able to output all the HD audio formats and get an overall cinema experience.
I initially decided I'd go with the DALI Zensor 1 5.1 package after reading some positive reviews. I'll be the first to admit, that I know nothing about speakers.
So I measured my room which is 14ft by 12ft which is not massive and went off down to my local AV specialist. I'd also entertained the Idea of adding 2 more Dali speakers to get a 7.1 setup.
The guy I spoke to, I warmed to straight away because there was no hard sell. He at one point said that you want to get the right equipment, so why not do some more research and get an idea of what you want, book some time with me in the demo room and we will set up the speaker or speakers that you like so you can compare.
This is exactly what I will do, but I'd kind of made my mind up on getting the Zali Package and wanted to wall mount the speakers. He told me however, that they aren't really supposed to be wall mounted and that putting them on stands is a better option sound wise, however this isn't really an option due to lack of space.
So he gave me a number of suggestions
Cambridge Audio Minx 525 Home Cinema Package 5.1 (Small and Compact)
Cambridge Audio Aero 5.1 Package
He also said that he has the aero setup at home and although quite expensive when compared to the others offers superb sound.I wondered if any of you guys had experience with these speakers?I also came across the following statement concerning the Aero 3 surround speakers....
" The two BMR drivers placed at opposing angles allow you to use them as bipole speakers in a 5.1 system, with both drivers outputting the same sound.
Alternatively they can be used as ‘dual monopoles’ in a 7.1 system, where one driver outputs the surround channel and the other outputs the surround back channel.Does this mean that you can have 7.1 system without the need for 2 extra speakers?
One last thing that may sway me to spend more money is the fact of the possibilty of us moving to a larger house in the next year or two, so the last thing I want is to get an under powered system, move to a bigger house and find that the speakers don't cut it.My budget is around 1600 pounds or around $2100