Originally Posted by Manel
I'm in Portugal, and here the Encore S550 costs about 550€.
It's funny that you mention the option for a set of home audio components and an AVR. That was also recommended to me today at a portuguese store specialized in sound. They defend the optical connection over the analog one, which is the only one present in the 550.
Would you mind giving me some advice in private or on my thread? Because I want to spend my money wisely, and I hear so many different opinions on the web that I get a little confused. Unfortunately, I don't have the option to try the sound system prior to actually buying it.
I know the deals here in the US, but not anywhere else. So I don't know how much I can tell you about particular models available where you are.
However, there are a lot of advantages of going with home audio components and an AVR over a speaker setup in box package like this. For example, the option to upgrade components later if you want. You can decide you want a better sub, or maybe you want better front speakers, and you can upgrade just those pieces. Or for that matter, you could choose to build slowly. Start with the AVR and one set of speakers and then add as you can afford it or find good deals--although your front three speakers should timbre match, which generally means buying speakers from the same manufacturer AND model line (don't mismatch those).
AVR's also have HDMI inputs. So if you have an HDMI out on your computer, you can run that to the receiver. And then of course there's the option to plug in additional source components (gaming console, bluray player, etc.).
Also, the S550s only have 3.25" drivers. That's pretty small and why the Tom's Hardware piece lists their frequency response as Satellite: 130Hz ~ 20KHz (± 5dB) . Probably need a crossover of 150hz, which means the sub is handling all the midbass response. Typically for HT usage, you want larger driver speakers (5" or 6") that play down to at least 70hz (-3db) so that you an set a crossover at 80hz. Above 80hz, and bass tends to become more localizable--you can more easily tell it's coming from the sub.
If you want to learn a lot about HT systems and what to think about when buying them, I suggest starting a post in the AVS speaker forum
. They are to home audio as head-fi is to headphones. Lot of home audio enthusiasts who are willing to help. Tell them what you are thinking about buying and ask questions, and I might even see you there Edited by cel4145 - 2/19/14 at 4:52pm