Originally Posted by Doe Doe
For those dismissing towers for HT use, even with a sub, I wonder how many actually have owned towers? I'm not saying anyone is wrong, I am just wondering if it's first-hand experience or not. Personally I've found towers provide a much better soundstage/fullness + theater-like experience than regular-size bookshelves. Note I say 'regular size' as I have never tested against larger 3-way bookshelves.
Although with a limited budget, and especially if going dual subs, it might not make that much sense for the OP to go with towers if he wants to keep prices reasonable. Again, just curious as to if the anti-tower + HT rhetoric is due to experience or just assumption. And of course this is all subjective to begin with, so even if first-hand experience, it's not like anyone is wrong. But I wouldn't be so dismissive of them either like it's no difference at all.
Agree w/ Geoff in regard to trying locally at BB first. Safest way to go. I'd include Elac (v2s) + Polk Signatures in that comparison too. Might be worth listening to Martin Logans as well... just to figure out if he likes that sort of tweeter (then Chanes/Emotivas might be safer to go with).
Holy smokes, the Arena 170 floorstanders are just $300/pair on Amazon.
WhatHiFi is notorious for coming down hard on speakers that they hate but they liked the JBLs a lot.
Center is only $180 and even if the OP got another pair of 170s for rears would be $780; with B15s for rears would be just $554 leaving a LOT of money for a pair of quality subs.
PORTED SUBWOOFERS $600 AND BELOW, DELIVERED
NOTE: IF LOOKING AT LARGER/MORE EXPENSIVE SUBWOOFERS ADD PSA TO THE LIST OF BRANDS
ALSO, IF YOU ARE NOT AN ACTION MOVIE FAN A SUBWOOFER WITH 22-30HZ EXTENSION WOULD BE FINE
Specs are from the manufacturer unless noted otherwise.
150watts =11w18h13d= 18 lbs 8" [28hz] $199 EMOTIVA BASX S8
200watts =14w16h16d= 34 lbs 10" [27hz] $299 EMOTIVA BASX S10
350watts =15w16h17d= 40 lbs 10" [30hz] $399 RSL SPEEDWOOFER 10S, (extension from Sound & Vision review)
200watts =14w15h15d= 32 lbs 10" [25hz] $450 ELAC DEBUT 2.0 SUB3010, (extension from Sound & Vision review)
NOTE: THIS SUB HAS PHONE APP EQ FOR THE SUB
250watts =15w19h17d= 42 lbs 10" [25hz] $455 HSU VTF 1 MK3 (extension from Audioholics review)
300watts =15w19h20d= 46 lbs 10" [18hz] $499 SVS PB1000, (extension from Sound & Vision Review)
500watts =15w19h20d= 72 lbs 10" [20hz] $500 MONOPRICE MONOLITH THX 10" (out of stock till August)
300watts =16w22h21d= 69 lbs* 12" [19hz] $549 RHYTHMIK LV12R
350watts =15w21h22d= 62 lbs 12" [18hz] $607 HSU VTF2 MK5, (extension from Audioholics review)
* = shipping weight