Posted 29 September 2006 - 10:29 PM
Here's my dime on the subject.
There's a big issue that I have with those who couple decent equal power receivers with "home theater in a box" speakers and swear by it.
There are some boxed systems that sound great, I will admit and for the money you can't beat the prices that are out there just to get some halfway decent 5.1 in your house.
The thing is that many folks who own say a Kenwoon 7.1 THX Select reciever, will put sizable speakers up front and then tiny speakers for center and surround. This is an obscene waste of such a reciever's capabilities(and many like it, Yamaha, Zenith, Onkyo(mid ranged), etc, to name a few). Those receiver amps are equal power.
That means equal power potential to each channel.
There's a misconception that somehow the rear channels and center channels are somehow dryer and eq'd at the amp to be strictly supplementary in nature. Those of you with one of the mid ranged 5.1 or 7.1 systems, toss some big speakers in the rear as an experiment and you'll soon see that full power, rull range will emerge beautifully from the rear channels. In addition to that, those who use tiny speakers(I'm talking to you Bose users) are missing out on a great amount of sonic detail that is included in dvd's and games.
Bose's solution to this is make a wide-ranged sub and tiny drivers for high frequencies and directional focus.
The best way to do it is have large speakers at all corners, perferably equal in size and frequency response. They don't have to be insane home theater speakers they can just be regular shelf speakers with 8" drivers. The bigger though, the greater the headroom and the better it will sound overall.
My setup is a Denon 4306 with Klipsch F3's up front, F2's in the rear and a C3 for center channel. I suppose I'm a Klipsch fanboy but I got a real great deal on them.
Music is fantastic, Movies and games are insane. The system is extremely well matched to the amp they are connected to. However, my setup obviously isn't cheap and obviously isn't for everyone so I'm not preaching it.
There are however certain elements you can include in your setup even if you're on a budget.