Let me start with the dimensions of my room. It is 11 x 12… So last year I purchased my first surround sound system. I bought the energy RC-Micro 5.1 and paired it with the Pioneer VSX-1020-K. It was exactly what I wanted at the time. After several weeks of critical listening the system started feeling less fulfilling to me for the following reasons: (1) When i'm not in the sweet spot, the bass isn't very satisfying, which might be due to limited subwoofer placement. (2) I felt like I needed more from the center channel [this is partially due to the pioneer thinning out the vocals with its auto cal sys.]. And (3) when I played music it felt kinda boxed in. So bottom line is I decided I didn't need a 5.1 sys. in such a small space, and that a 3.1 minus the .1 (L/R/C and NO Sub) would be better.
Now I'm looking at a pair of 4T's and a 4C. This would be optimal because the miniature size of the speakers would blend in and not overtake my room. My only issue with this setup is i'm not sure if the 4T could produce enough bass to satisfy my taste without a sub. I'm not a bass junkie, but I do listen to a lot of hip-hop, so I like nice full bass. I'm also considering the 5T and 5C combo since the 5T isn't that much bigger than the 4T.
WHAT DO YOU GURUS SUGGEST…
NOTE: I'm trying to hold off on the sub because with the towers on the floor there isn't much room for one. Oh… and I listen to music most of the time. I usually only watch movies at night.
P.S. SORRY if I blabbed about my previous, inferior system for too long. I'm just trying to get you guys up-to-date on my thought process.
Thanks for checking in with us. So if the vocals sound thin with your receiver then I would go with the 5C. The 4C is great too, but it is a smaller center channel and the 5C does offer a sizable step up in performance.
As for the 5T/4T comparions, you won't get any more bass out of the 5Ts as the bass response between the two is the same, but you will get a fuller midrange with the 5T which is certainly nice to have for music.
I think you'll be happy with the 4T/5C set, but if you can do the 5Ts I don't think they will be overkill for your application either.