What is the right Hi Fi system for me?
Obviously everyone's needs are different, but we thought we'd try to categorize Home Theatre into a format that may help the potential purchaser. These systems are suggestions only and should be fine tuned by talking to one of our sales guy's (I was going to call them Audio Consultants but none of them take themselves quite that seriously and they need the use of both hands to move equipment around).
At this stage we'll ignore the Video side of things so as not to confuse the situation.
So what criteria do we use? Generally we need to know several critical parameters for the Audio bits.
Budget - obviously money is an issue, although the perception of how much is needed may change as the exercise progresses.
Size of the Room. Although this may change in the future, this gives us a guide to optimizing the current situation.
Type of Music and Volume played. This gives us an idea of the finesse needed by the speaker system and the dynamics which the receiver should have available for delivery.
Aesthetics - Generally this means a preference between floor standing speakers and the Sub/Satellite type speaker systems. There is no major difference in sonics as a few of the Sub/Sat systems can outperform most of the giant floor standing systems.
What do you want the system to do? Speakers throughout the house or dedicated to one room?
Remember the golden rule however (which no one sticks to) and that is the sound system should cost at least 2X the cost of the TV - preferably more as the sound adds more to the experience than the picture. You're rarely going to get anything worth while under $1500 although there are some specials available that allow us to go lower occasionally.
If you want us to suggest a system based on the preceding criteria for your individual situation, e-mail us with the answers from 1 - 5 and we'll try to work it out the best we can and get back to you within 2 days. We'll also design some generic systems and post them on this page as time allows.