Hi, I just bought a set of cherry RTi4 bookshelves and CSi3 center speaker. Although I haven't unboxed them yet, I'm already debating to return them and get a set of towers & center instead (since I hear they have fuller sound and less need for subwoofer). I'm not an "audiophile" and only started this adventure because I bought a 55" HDTV with lousy built-in speakers.
I'm planning to get a budget 5.1 receiver such as Sony STR-DH510 (90 w/channel), Onyko TX-SR308 (65w/chan) or Denon AVR-391 (75w/chan). I don't need 7.1 capability or a bunch of extra features. I'll be using it mainly for TV, DVDs and occassional music. In light of this, my questions are:
1) Will these receivers be "enough" for a set of towers, such as Monitor 70? Exactly which specs must I pay attention to when selecting my receiver (watts per channel)?
2) Will 2 towers & center sound "significantly better" to a non-audiophile like me than 2 bookshelves & center? I was planning to add a subwoofer later (if needed) and probably won't be adding surround speakers anytime soon. If towers will reduce the need for a subwoofer, that's a plus for them.
3) Must I get into funky stuff such as "bi-wiring", etc. (complication for me) when getting tower speakers? Or are they as simple to setup as bookshelves?
4) Can anybody suggest a nice discontinued line of cherry Polk towers selling at a good price? NewEgg has a special promo code for today where they were selling Monitor 70 for $162 each w/ free shipping. Is that a good deal? I wouldn't mind spending a few extra bucks on "real wood veneer".
Thank you for your advice!