Right now My system consists of
Receiver: Onkyo 805
Fronts: Bose 601s
Center Bose VCS10
Surrounds: Bose 201s
Sub : Elemental Designs A2-300
Before someone starts bashing Bose... I got my speakers back when I was poor through an auction new in the box for about 85% off retail price. But I know the sound they produce isnt what I am looking for.
Soo... My girlfriend has been hassling me about moving in with her. She extremely against Home Theater... she doesn't understand why i have a 60 inch plasma or a subwoofer the size of a ottoman but she is handling it ok. Before I move in I want to upgrade my system so she has nothing to complain about. Looking around I decided either the Monitor 70s for 350 or Tsi400s for 379 on the polk direct look like the direction I want to go. With a CS20 center channel. I will keep the Bose 201s for rears until I feel like I want to completely upgrade.
My girlfriend has a mortgage on a duplex (I hate duplexs... Hell I hate living in the city... but shes pretty amazing so I am making the sacrifice) Her neighbor is an older lady... very cool. She never complains about loud noises, I usually check with her with dogs bark all night or I am playing loud music while cleaning. She says she hears nothing but I think she is either deaf or just being polite. From my side of the house, I hear cupboards slam, voices muffled, music in the afternoon. The duplex seems decently sound isolated, but I was thinking the A2-300 was already to much, but how much of a difference will get from the tsi400 and monitor 70s?
Pro and Cons of each
Pros.... Sexier (GF a little happier), less bass (Less neighbor complaints)
Cons... I heard they have very little mid and no bass, and arent good for music (I rarely use for music anyway)
Question... Since they require less power than the 70's will they sound better with just being biamped with the 805? Less distortion? Do they sound that bad with out a sub (might turn sub off at late night "I work second shift")
Pros.... Full sound range, Loud
Cons.... Not so sexy, Lots of Bass
Question... Do they actually sound decent with no sub? Maybe at night I can turn sub off and just use 70s for movies so I dont disturb neighbor so much. With no separate amp does the 805 push them properly?
I am going to go give both a demo this weekend at a local store, what am looking for in sound difference?
I really like both of them from reading reviews and specs.... If lived at my own place, this would be a no brainer for me I would go with 70's but now moving into a duplex I am slightly worried.