Originally Posted by Zorba922
Do ***ANYTHING*** you can to fit in a bigger center channel---the center does 70-80% of the HT output so *THIS* is where you least want to cut any corners. The S35 has a roughly 30-40% approval rate from folks who've bought it---no lack of clarity, just lack of tonal fullness/realism due to all those tiny woofers making male voices sound androgynous and generally a "thin" type of sound. At the very least, get the S30 which has more decently sized woofers.
Overall, you're making the classic newbie mistake of overspending on the receiver while underspending on the sub and buying towers you don't need.
If you absolutely must have towers because you much prefer their looks, get the Monitor 60 for $340/pr
from Amazon, with the S30 center for another $170.
Receiver: Denon X2500 at half the cost of the X3500 (same source)
Surrounds: Polk TSi100, $145/pr
Sub: you have to include ALL CONTIGUOUS space not just the actual listening area. At the very least, I'd get a second HTS-12. Much better choice would be a pair of Monolith 10" THX ($500 each from Monoprice) or Hsu VTF-2 ($600 each).
Thanks very much for your input! I appreciate you warning me about typical noob mistakes. Like I said, I'm relatively new to home theater stuff.
I believe I can make space for a larger center on a lower shelf of the TV stand. It won't be perfectly centered because it has to sit next to the receiver, but it'll fit there.
Is there any particular reason why towers are unnecessary? I definitely prefer the look but I'm open to changing things around.
After doing some more digging yesterday, I read of a lot of positive thoughts on the Emotiva speaker line. They're more expensive but I think I can make them work in my budget with some changes. Ideally, I'd like to get a high-quality system that will last awhile and I won't be itching to upgrade. Would the AVR-X3500H be more useful for those speakers due to the lower impedance, or should still I bump down to the X2500H like you recommended?
Here's a potential setup with the Emotivas:
Receiver: Denon AVR-X3500H (or X2500H if the lower impedance isn't necessary)
Front L/R: Emotiva Airmotiv T1+
Center: Emotiva Airmotiv C1+ (C2+ is too long to fit on the shelf next to the receiver)
Rear L/R: Emotiva Airmotiv B1+
Sub: Monolith THX 10 x2 or SVS PB-1000 x2
Atmos: Emotiva Airmotiv A1
You recommended the Monolith 10s but I've also heard a lot of good reviews of the SVS PB-1000s. Is there a big difference between the two? They seem about the same price.
Thanks again for your help!