they're overpriced and underperform. There are so many better speaker brands. I'd suggest Paradigm (my personal favorite)
I love my b&ws
Bang & Olufsens....do it. ;) lol
I decided that I wanted exterior speakers and bought a solid pair of Yamaha's on Amazon. Hooked everything up on Sunday and the outdoor speakers sound great. Unfortunately I should have read my AVR manual first. Apparently when using Speaker/Zone B it downgrades the interior speakers to 2.1. I guess with it being a 5.1 system I just assumed the two rear outputs would be diverted for Speaker B and my interior system would be 3.1 (similar to how a 7.1 system will switch to a 5.1 setup). I really do not dig the 2.1 sound inside.
So, what are my options? The AVR doesn't have a preamp output so I don't think a second amp dedicated for the outdoor speakers will work. Am I SOL? At this point I don't think it would be worth buying a new AVR just to have an interior 5.1/exterior 2.0 setup so I'm hoping there is another option. I have an old 7.1 AVR that I'm using upstairs but can't switch the two as it doesn't have the HDMI inputs that the 5.1 AVR does.
Thought my 30 year old receiver finally died and started looking around on a budget and found this deal.
Pioneer VSX-521K 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver - Black | P. C. Richard & Son
I figured out the problem on mine, and fixed a work around so for now I'm staying put but I thought I'd pass this along.
Why choose a 7.1 over a 5.1 system?
if you ultimately want 7 speakers? center, two front, two side, two rear + sub
Most content is 5.1 correct?
Can an average listener even tell the difference?
look at your dvd/blue ray boxes and it will show you what sound it supports. I think Gladiator was the first movie that supported 6.1 sound and that was a 2001/2002? (and it was freaking awesome in my old house) And yes, you can definitely tell the difference on movies where sound location is important to the director.