I'm just starting on my home theater and I'm torn on what I really need. Of course I want the biggest bang for my buck but I also don't want to sink money into speakers I won't really use to their full potential.
My budget is fairly limited and I'm torn between getting a set of monitor 60s with a CS1 center and PSW10 sub or monitor 70s with a CS2 center and no sub. Either way, I'm looking at the Monitor 40s (or possibly 30s or 50s) as surround speakers. If I take advantage of the sales that are going on through today, I can get the monitor 60s with center and sub for approx $370 or the 70s with center and no sub for approx $420.
My usage is about 50/50 music/movies and the room is 12x22. I don't currently have a receiver but I'm strongly considering the Pioneer 1020-k (love the built in internet radio), Denon 1911, or Onkyo SR608 (a little concerned about heat issues) in that order.
I have no plans to get a preamp for a receiver so would an entry level receiver be enough to power the 70s? I also know a lower end sub such as the PSW10 would be pretty redundant with the 70s but I have no plans on spending big bucks for a sub at this point.
I've read tons of posts on this site already talking about the various speakers but I haven't seen too much about 60's with sub vs 70's without.
Any advice would be much appreciated!