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I'm a noob to stereo and home theater, but I've been wanting to start gathering parts for a surround sound system. Ideally, I would get these two and a amp to get started and when I move into a larger home get the remaining speakers to complete the system. Are these speakers good for movies/music/occasional game running by themselves and a good amp with no sub or surround speakers?
I don't miss a sub. However, the "popular" voicing for many audio systems tends to attempt to (completely incorrectly) conflate quality with an overabundance of muddy, bloated bass. Bose is a prime offender in this regard, along with many headphone/earbud manufacturers.
If that is what you hope to find, you will not find it here. The Chane bass is fast and accurate. You'll probably hear a bunch of stuff you never knew was present, because lesser speakers often have huge suckouts/unevenness in their frequency responses. These are good things! But, it may not be what you expect depending on your past experiences. It will not reproduce 16Hz pipe organ tones, but the sound is full enough for most pursuits.
Realize a lot of "home theater" packages have a small "sub" in a box, where the actual driver is this size or smaller.