Originally Posted by pase22
Elac subs are actually pretty decent and sound pretty nice, at least musically. Ideally you'd want to get an R200C to match your 300's. Since you wouldn't use the center for stereo music, you could go with a Q650 which would be fine for HT use. That said, the price difference between the Q650 a R200 isn't that great, getting an R200c now before they're all gone would be worth money.
If you're not the patient type, a resonable alternative would be the Canton Chrono center. A few members have paired Chrono center with Kef and have reported good results.
Due to budget constraints, have you considered going with Q150/350 &650C. They would be much more budget friendly and adding the matching surrounds later would be much cheaper. You'd have a cohesive 5.1 setup rather than a hodge podge of mixed speakers all around. The latest Q series are quite for the price.
I've tried the Q150 and 350s but didn't quite like them for the kind of music I listen to. They sounded a little flat and honestly, the Elac f6.2 did a better job at a similar price range.
I have some time before I need to return the Elacs so I'll definitely try the sub and see if I can get a decent 2.1 system to start with. The R300s do a fairly decent job with vocals and bass in movies already, but I certainly miss the rumbles in Mad Max.
Thank you for the suggestion on the Canton. I think I saw one (not sure if it's the same) at the store so I'll ask if I can do a home demo. Although, is there a reason why you feel the KEF centers would work better?
Originally Posted by Gabre
You complicate your life for no reason.
Should if kept ELACs and you would of had a great no brainer setup that sounds awesome.
True - I probably did in this instance.
Originally Posted by Gabre
What I understood, he hasn't even tried them!
Since music listening is my primary objective, I've compared the Elac towers with the R300s. But after listening to the KEFs I keep thinking the Elacs are missing *something* and can't justify keeping them even though they're significantly cheaper. I also tried the Elac bookshelves and didn't think those came even close to the kind of sound I'm looking for.
I was looking for advise on making a more cohesive surround sound system for gaming/movie watching/etc. and trying to get a sense of whether someone has paired or suggests pairing the Elacs with Kefs. The reason I'm asking before testing myself is because I don't want to have to reinvent the wheel if someone has already tried this before - the knowledge base on these forums is tremendous and I wanted to see if I could either make use of what I had in hand or narrow down potential options for me to test.