Originally Posted by blindpilot
My head is beginning to spin....
When talking about speakers and subwoofers, it’s easy to get the head spinning. There are a LOT of very nice and affordable speakers on the market. The brands mentioned so far are all very good and sport very positive professional and amateur reviews. And there are a dozen more that would be just as good or better! Take a look at the websites of those that have been mentioned. If nothing hits you, also take a look at JBL, Wave Crest, ELAC (big hit at this year’s audio show) and Chane. Everyone has their favorites, and for good reasons.
Your choices for subwoofers are also many, but if you want a dramatic home theater, I’d be narrowing it down to the $1,000 plus range. One of the top bang-for-the-buck subs is the Hsu VTF-3 Mk 5. Extremely positive professional reviews. But there are also very high quality subs from Rythmik, Reaction Audio, PSA and SVS. I suggest you visit each website and note the ones that interest you. Then call each company and talk to the owners/designers to help you get a feel for their product and services they provide.
Music area: Magnepan 3.6, McIntosh MC2205 amp & C48 preamp, SVS SB13-Ultra, Oppo BDP 95, dbx 3BX, and assorted equipment.
Movie area: EMP Tek E5Bi (were rebadged to R5Bi), RBH/EMP Tek R55Ti, PSA S3000i, Denon X2000, Oppo BDP 83.