Hello Everyone...I am new here, first time poster. I have some issues I need advice with and first of all I have to say i have read some of the posts here and everyone seems really helpful and i thought i could get some advice from people who will tell me the truth, not like some sleazy salespeople I have come across...
First off, I am not a serious audiophile like some here. I like good sound and want the best bang for my buck. I would appreciate some advice from you guys to get the best out of my system. I an not cheap, just don't really agree with the more you spend, the better you get. That's why i bought Polk speakers.
I recently bought a condo and it is a little on the small side...downtown highrise in Victoria, BC, Canada...PARADISE for all you guys who have never been here! anyways...after I moved here from my house (divorce, wife got it) I set up my HT system in the small area I now call a living room and noticed my speakers were too close to my TV and as they are a little old (12 years) , not shielded, my 32 inch Panasonic Tao TV was turning green. I decided to go shopping for some new front speakers. I had 3 way Technics speakers, SB-CX-700. 4 ohm speakers. Don't laugh. I love the sound of them. They are not your typical Technics speakers sold in a package. They have a 12" driver in the front, and another 12" driver in the back that pumps bass off the wall, a passive radiator. They have a treble volume control on the back as well. very heavy (100 pounds) , real wood..anyways....I bought some Polk RTi12's.
let me tell you what my other speakers are: Centre channel, Polk CSi40, rears, RTi28. Sub is a Polk PSW404.
Now here is where i have the issue: my receiver. I bought a Panasonic SA-HE200 (6.1 , 105 W per channel) a year ago because it ran my 4ohm Technics speakers and it was rated #1 for the money in Consumer Reports. The "Toyota Camry" of receivers...not a Lexus, but overall, great bang for your buck. I have been reading here the RTi12's need major power. Before anyone starts hacking my receiver down because it's not a HK or a Denon etc , I have a friend who is a technician and says more expensive brands aren't that much better, if at all. More features. for a receiver under a $1000, I really don't think i can get better. That's $600 US.
My question is, did i waste my money on the 12's? ($1440 Canadian) I have a month to decide. i had a pair of RTi 8's here( $720 Canadian) as well and compared. They were good but not quite as good as the 12's. The 8's sounded like there was a hole somewhere, esoecially in home theatre. They did have a little crisper highs, but overall, mid range was weaker than the 12's. And the 10's are worse. Mids are not good on the 10's. I know my receiver is OK, not the best.. what would you guys do? Any advice to make my system better? I know I need more power eventually, maybe when i move to a house again. Maybe the 8's are a better option with my receiver, but then again, better to have more than not enough. I like the sound of the RTi12's, but as my receiver cuts out most bass to my sub, am i wasting money?? HELP! Thanks very much.