I am new in the country, building a new (first) home and buying everything new. I have narrowed down my search to the Definitive Technology's BP-7001SC system which has the two towers of the same name, the CLR 3000 and the BPVX for surrounds. This selection is based on the internet reviews only.
I need comments/suggestions on this choice. I want a system that I can keep for the next twenty years.
Paradigm is the most commonly mentioned brand name in any discussion forums. Does that make them the best?
It might be important to mention the other products that I have narrowed down my search to.
Denon 2900 DVD player
Denon 3805 AV receiver
Samsung DLP TV 5688W
by when not listen to some speaks FIRST...then choose?
The question is not silly. Not everyone lives in Chicago. I am in a border town. The nearest dealer is eight hours drive. To plan for that, would delay the purchase too much. If I could listen to them, I wouldn't be asking the prepurchase advice.
Don't pay full price... Get at least 20% off. Tow the speakers in drastically towards you listening position. When you set them up makes sure you have at least the length of the speaker away from the wall (you can do this by taking off the top cap and using that as a guide). If you are going to be in a room that has back walls get 2 bp7006scs instead of the BPVXs. You can probably work a pretty good deal on those. And just because paradigm, b&w, DefTech, Sonus Faber, Magnepan, Wilson are mentioned in a lot of forums doesn't make them the best. How they sound to YOU makes them the best. You should make a trip to the nearest town, even if you have to travel to another state or at least a couple hours =), especially if this is going to be something that you will keep for two decades.
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I agree with the other posters that recommend listening first... I certainly understand your hesitation to drive 4 hours each way to audition speakers... But keep in mind, that this is a major purchase that you plan on sticking with for the next 20 years...
What happens if you don't care for the DT Bi-polar sound? Many like it, as I do for certain types of applications (I own some DT speakers I use in my office at work for full disclosure)... but it is definitely one of those love it or hate it scenarios for most folks.
Like others have also said, frequency of mentions on boards has absolutely nothing to do with performance (good or bad). Paradigm, B&W, Klipsch, Polk and Definitive Tech get a lot of mentions, as they are some of the larger brands... They are all good places to start (and you may end up picking one of them once you have heard many others), but many smaller brands can be found that also could appeal to you...
A small sampling of some quality smaller brands located at Brick and Morter stores are (in no particular order):
A sampling of some other quality Internet sales direct companies that allow 21-30 day home auditions are (also in no particular order):
So as you can see, there are plenty of options out there, and what I have listed is less that 1% of the available brands (but at least it is a good starting place). I recommend taking your time and let your own ears decide which brand and model works for you within your budget... That is half the fun, IMO. :-)
As for your electronics, the ones you have listed look like they are all good choices... But again, you may find other options that appeal to you more based on your speaker decision...
Integra DHC-40.2 Pre/Pro
Coda 2 X 200 Watt Amp
Rotel RB-985 5 X 100 Watt Amp
2 Tyler Acoustics 2 Piece Linbrook Signature System
1 Tyler Linbrook Signature Center Channel
3 Tyler Taylo Reference Monitors
1 ACI Titan II Sub
Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD
Panasonic BDT-210 + 350 Blu-ray
Consonance Droplet CDP-5.0
Sony 55NX-810 1080p 3D-LED HDTV
Opera Audio Consonance CD-120
Jolida 1301A 2 X 30 Watt Int. Amp (Sovtek Tubes)
Opera Audio Consonance Eric-1 Speakers