Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Rogers Specialist, Downtown Edmonton, Alberta
THANKS for all the input it has made me much more knowledgable if nothing else and in the end thats what counts.
Okay...I know you guys are all thinking I'm a n00b and that everything you say is just going through one ear and out the other, but let me explain myself. The Pioneer speakers I got used(2 towers/2 sats) for $60 obviously were not the retail price, they are maybe 8-10 years old MSRP around $400. They are all wooden, in mint condition and are HEAVY. Have any of you felt the weight or heard the PA centre? I KNOW it's dirt cheap but this is partially because they are made in Canada & the fact the largest box chain is their main distributor. It is a lot bigger than I thought and to me it sounds fine. The ONLY issue i had was not getting enough sound out of it at first, but I tweaked the volume settings in the reciever(individual for each speaker) and now it's fine. The voice is clear and I can hear everything that is going on just fine. I certainly don't need a sub, as I originally stated since I am in an apartment and still the bass it too much if I have the volume over 20, even though i set the treble to +6 and the bass to -6. I was watching "The Kingdom" and when the bullets started flying in this one scene I nearly jumped off my couch. When playing "Call of Duty 4" on Xbox 360 with the in-game Dolby 5.1 you can REALLY notice a difference, it's so awesome hearing all the game effects around you in real time. I can hear people walking behind me, where an explosion happens, etc. The PA bookshelf speakers are also fairly heavy(and look great as does the center) and put out nicely from what I can tell, i am using them as my L/R surrounds while I use the old Pioneers for my Rear L/R surrounds.
I just wanted to get everything set up as quickly as I could and see if I liked the sound or not. Either way the front towers are replaceable at no loss to me($60? comon). The PA centre IMO is just fine as are the bookshelves. I don't have a $500+ reciever and i really dont need one, so even If i did buy speakers that are higher quality I wouldn't be able to notice a difference unless i had two setups in my living room comparing both on the spot. I really do appreciate all the advice but what I should've done to begin with is just go on sound. My setup in my small living room fills my entire area with crystal clear sound with barely no power at all and i didn't end up paying much either. I also haven't even tried 7.1PCM yet! I have yet to buy my PS3 or get a new ATI video card which supports it. I have been listening to Dolby 5.1 on my HD box and regular Dolby/DTS 5.1 via coax off Blu-Rays from my PC and it is a HUGE difference to me. Again thanks for all the input but I can't say im regretting any decision I made so far...If i cranked the volume to defeaning levels im sure you could tell the diff between this setup and a higher end one but for my application it seems perfect so far.
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