I am brand new to this forum and the audiophile world. Iíve been researching my first system (and Audiophile in general) for a few weeks now, and think I found a good mix. My wife has to sign off on the whole thing and basically told me I was free to choose whatever as long as it met two items: A) it was within budget (~2000) B) she could use it to watch movies. I am more into music; so I need a system that can meet both our demands.
Now, with that being said let me get into it. I have a 12x20í room, however; we will be [probably] sitting toward the speakers facing the long wall in the corner of the room. Below is the system I am considering, any input on it would be greatly appreciated. Donít hold back; if I messed something up, please let me know.
Speakers: 2 x Polk tsi500
Receiver: Onkyo TX-NR709
Amp: Emotiva XPA-200
Video: 55Ē Samsung Plasma
Blue-ray player: PS3 and a LG.
I know itís only 2.1 (aka super simple) but I figure I could always upgrade as I go. I really just want to invest in quality products that will last, while giving me some room to grow. I live in a duplex. Do I even really need the amp? The Onkyo 709 is rated at 110wpc, and I am only getting an extra 40wpc with the XPA200 for an extra 500 bucks. But, I have read that the Onkyo (at least the 609, Iíve read the 709 isnít as bad) can run a little hot so I figured I could give it an amp to keep its work load down. Plus, I really want to make sure the 500s are not underpowered. Then I chose the PSW110, b/c some individuals were saying that the 10 can easily get lost in the sound of everything else and just buck up the extra 50 dollars for the 110. I am not looking for something that hits super hard but I do want to be able to feel the lows. A lot of reviews said the 500s were straining to hit the super lows and could use a partner. I am hoping the 110 will do just that and will accent the 500s, not steal the show. Please just let me know what you think. Should I consider something else? Am I overlooking something? Am I trying to divide by zero? EtcÖ Thank you all for the help! I am planning on auditioning these and other speakers this weekend. But, it is hard to find a store that will. I have a feeling I am going to have to purchase, then audition, and if I donít like it return it.
P.S. If it matters; I listen to Jazz, R&B, Blues, a little Classic Rock, and a little Rap. We also do play quite a few video games.
Oh, I almost forgot. Can I hook up the 2 500s to the amp and the sub directly to the receiver?