I am in the process of shopping around for a new AV equipment and would love the recommendations of experienced audiophiles. I have a room that's 25' x 15'. I currenly have a Hitachi 55" Plasma (only 1080i, will eventually upgrade), and a Denon DVD-1930CI (will eventually upgrade). I am looking to purchase a 5 speaker surround sound system, with sub-woofer, amplifier and surround sound processor that is capable of producing great video and audio for not only movies but also for listening to CD's. There are so many different manufacture's to choose from and it's a little overwhelming to try to select the best possible system for my budget. As far as the speakers are concerned I'm considering: 1. Paradigm's Signature Series, 2. PSB Synchrony Series, 3. B&W , 4. Revel, 5. Focal, 6. Sonus Faber, 7. Other recommendations? For the amplifier and pre-amp souround sound processor I am considering: 1. Anthem Statement series, P5 amp, D2 proseccor, 2. Anthem MCA 50 amp, AVM 50 processor, 3. Bryston 9B SST amp, SP 2 processor, 4. Krell, 5. Ayre, 6. Marantz, 7. Other recommendations? My maximum budget for the speakers, amp and processor are $20,000.00, although I'd would like be able to spend much less for a great system. Any advise or recommendations from experieced audiophiles would be greatly appreciated.
This site is predominately 2 channel, but I hope some of our more expert members chime in, also.
I have a home theater set-up in a 480 sq. ft. room and run full range towers up front, a very large center and large surrounds on stands (Wharfedale Evo and Opus) with Marantz electronics. It would be considered a "budget" system compared to your plans.
All the brands you mention are excellent. My friend has a nice Paradigm/Onkyo HT so you can't go wrong with those speakers, IMO.
My strong suggestion, considering your budget and room size and all the variables attendant, would be to find a store/installer who has a lot of experience with 2 channel high end equip't. PROPERLY setting up a surround/HT system can be tricky and you want it to be right for music also.
One of the advantages of multi-channel is SACD and DVD-A playback. The new receivers/pre-pro's are mainly 7 channel to facilitate playback of Blu-Ray's HD audio, but not all do so. I use the "extra" 2 channels in my Marantz to bi-amp my fronts.
I like your dilemma!
Chris, I replied in the loudspeaker section on some recommendations. I hope you've read it.