My husband and I have spent the last 3 weekends listening to PSB (Platinum Series), B&W 704/705s, Paradigm Studio 60/100s, and Focal Chorus 800s (we live in Austin, TX). After much deliberation we have decided to become part of the JMLab family. Our local Tweeter sales rep is quoting us 10% off list. However, he shows the list price for the center speaker CC800V to be $999 and everything I have seen on this thread is that it should be $599. Can anyone confirm?
The configuration we heard todays was two 826s with no center speaker or sub woofer. The sound was amazing. They then added in the Chorus SW 800V center speaker and a couple low end focals in the rear with a non-descriptive focal sub woofer. To say the least, we were impressed.
The configuration we are considering purchasing is below.
2 - 826Vs (front) ; List: $2249.99
2 - 816Vs (rear); List: $1799.99
1 - 800V (center): List: $999.99
1 - SW 800V (sub woofer); List: $999.99
Pioneer Elite VSX84TXSI
Our room has 22 ft. ceilings and is 16' x 23'.
Note: we have 2 Infinity wall speakers about 12 ft high on the back wall that will round out the 7:1 for now (eventually, we might replace).
We are considering whether we should go with the Chorus 836s in the front and keep the 816s in the back. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? The sales rep didn't actually think it is necessary since we will have the sub woofer. Has anyone heard this sub-woofer? It seems underpowered compared to the Paradigm Seismic 12 we were considering with the Paradigm Studio 100s.
Also, based on this forum, it seems that Arcam is recommended over the Pioneer Elite (supposed to be a 7x140watt). I'd appreciate any thoughts you might have on a receiver. And, finally, should we ultimately consider adding an amplifier? If so, what brand/specs should be considered?
Thanks in advance for your help.