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#223021 - 09/29/08 10:48 PM You pays yer money and you takes yer chance
SatKartr Offline
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Registered: 09/19/08
Posts: 608
Loc: Dallas
"You pay your money and you take your chance
When you're dealing with love and romance"

Bruce Cockburn, Canadian singer/songwriter

And when you're dealing with audio and video too, I believe. Well I think what I've decided to do is do as others have done and start with the M80s, since after all they are the "stars of the show", and if I am happy with them in my setting as I expect I will go ahead and order the rest of the epic80/600 7.1 system. Do I wish I could afford a second sub now and go 7.2? Absolutely, but as for most others the funds just aren't there yet. I've noticed there are less expensive subs out there that are highly regarded, however, for the 5 minutes or so that I listened to the EP600 it seemed like it was worth the asking price. I'll probably place an order in the next day or so for the M80s, after my credit card clears, hopefully my Wamu credit card will still be operative given the financial meltdown.

I have a Rotel RA-840BX3 amp (yes it's been a while since I could afford to update my audio) that I can use to drive the M80s for a little while but I am thinking about purchasing an Emotiva UPA3 (followed later by an UPA5?) at the same time; with all the processors in development I am still on the fence regarding what receiver (972, 3900, 3809?) or pre/pro (997, new Emo?) I want. With even Alan Lofft recommending at least 250 watts per channel for perfectly clean sound in my size room, I doubt I will be unhappy with the decision to buy at least a separate amp to power the mains.

Yes, as you can tell, buyer's remorse is an issue; I have little doubt the M80s will be very satisfying, however, this process will also give me time to finalize details of the system and figure out how to put things together.

I would love to do the install myself in part due to cost but I'm not sure how hard it will be to run wires through walls. I have an unfinished attic above the living room so it might not be that hard.

Thanks to every one for advice and suggestions, this truly is a great forum.
SK
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#223024 - 09/29/08 11:02 PM Re: You pays yer money and you takes yer chance [Re: SatKartr]
fredk Online   happy
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7143
Loc: Canada
Hey, I saw that disk at the library today. Havn't listened to Bruce in a long time.

You will be quite happy with your choice. Now comes the wait, during which you will become a posting fiend so as not to drive everyone else in your life crazy.
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#223028 - 09/29/08 11:23 PM Re: You pays yer money and you takes yer chance [Re: fredk]
SatKartr Offline
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Registered: 09/19/08
Posts: 608
Loc: Dallas
So when you say wait, do they like build to order or something? I haven't perused that topic on the forums as I have others. I understand the shipping can be pretty quick. How long does it take for them to put product out for delivery?
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#223029 - 09/29/08 11:25 PM Re: You pays yer money and you takes yer chance [Re: SatKartr]
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7412
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Usually pretty quick if you get a standard finish. Factory outlet and custom finishes take longer.
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#223035 - 09/29/08 11:40 PM Re: You pays yer money and you takes yer chance [Re: St_PatGuy]
SatKartr Offline
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Registered: 09/19/08
Posts: 608
Loc: Dallas
Great, that's what I was hoping, the wife wants black to go with the electronics and the shelving, can't afford and probably don't need custom finish in black.

I was thinking against factory outlet because I would lose the flexibility of trade up, but I suppose that begs the question, what would there be to trade up to from the m80s, and what would be the need? You still get the 30 day in home trial with factory outlet, do you not?
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#223038 - 09/29/08 11:42 PM Re: You pays yer money and you takes yer chance [Re: SatKartr]
jakewash Offline
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Registered: 12/26/03
Posts: 10399
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
30 day trial still applies and in-wall 80's might be the only trade up. Its just that a 10% savings from the FO is worth the wait, IMO
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#223129 - 09/30/08 07:23 PM Re: You pays yer money and you takes yer chance [Re: jakewash]
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Registered: 10/28/07
Posts: 395
Loc: Cold Lake, AB
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#223160 - 09/30/08 10:44 PM Re: You pays yer money and you takes yer chance [Re: doormat]
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13341
Loc: Iowa
I sure love my custom Ebony Pica finish, smooooooooooooooth as silk.
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#223168 - 09/30/08 11:38 PM Re: You pays yer money and you takes yer chance [Re: SirQuack]
duckman Offline
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Registered: 01/09/03
Posts: 312
Loc: kansas
You may want to read A tale of 5 installs over at audioholics while you're waiting. (scroll down the page a ways)
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#223230 - 10/01/08 01:11 PM Re: You pays yer money and you takes yer chance [Re: doormat]
SatKartr Offline
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Registered: 09/19/08
Posts: 608
Loc: Dallas
Interesting, the other day when I had the FO speakers in my shopping cart, there was a statement listed in red that I thought said, "This item cannot be used in trade up program," now the statement is gone, thanks for the clarification.
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