Originally Posted by DietCokeFan
I'm not a scientist nor an audio engineer but for some reason that just doesn't well with me. All this money and effort into a decent HT system and the LCR's can be driven with a standard AVR? My gut reaction is the speakers are "cheap" and that only comes from years of being slightly into audio and seeing "expensive" speakers needing tons of power to sound good and perform at a top level.
I'm just trying to make an educated decision and not have buyers remorse when I pull the trigger on the LCRs.
Based on his posts in "My System" thread, (linked in my signature), our new friend DietCokeFan is just at the very beginning of his HT journey. So to him, I will say this:
You need to start at the beginning... and speakers and amps are not the beginning, (even though they are the most fun.) Everything is an HT is interconnected and needs to be designed synergistically. You need to start with the room, dimensions, and construction, and whether you want to soundproof it or not. Once you have dimensions, then figure out screen size, type, plus seating distances, number of rows, riser needs, etc. All of these are research projects unto themselves. Once you've determined those things, you can THEN start to consider speakers and amps. SPL requirements and speaker sensitivities vs. seating distances will come into play. However, you have a long way to go before you get to that point.
Your best resource on these fora will be the Dedicated Theater Design and Construction forum, which has stickies on Soundproofing, Riser Height Calculators and Acoustic Treatments.
The guys over there are experienced theater designers and builders. They can definitely help you out. Once you have the room, screen and seating figured out, then come on back and we can talk speakers. Have fun and enjoy the journey! It can be as much fun as watching movies and going to concerts in your new Home Theater!
PS. If you start a thread over there, please come back and link it here so we can follow your journey.
PPS. JTR speaker are not "cheap". They're massively built, well designed and purpose built. In my opinion, they don't have the sound quality of some other offerings, (such as Triad), but they can punch out a soundtrack like no other. And they can do a LOT with little amplification due to their sensitivity. However, you need to like the compression driver sound, (which I'm not a huge fan of, except for the CD in the JBL M2.) You really should make an effort to heat them before you make a decision.