I added a pair of plain 1050's to my 1010i 5.1 setup, through an Onkyo 606. Scale in action sequences is much improved, and 7.1 stuff sounds great (as does the 6.1 DTS ES on Lord of The Rings). Quite alot of Sky HD stuff is DD EX, so makes use of 7.1 too.
I haven't listened to much 2 channel music on this setup, but the HDDVD of Cream sounds pretty stunning in multichannel.
The integration is seamless.
I'd try and audition if you can, but I would recommend the upgrade.
Thanks for your reply. That's very useful information, as I have asked this question before, without reply (obviously not the upgrade people do?).
Your comments are interesting cos the 1050 5.1 system was only 4 stars from 'what hifi', and the review complains of poor integration. But if your using the improved sub ('i' version), perhaps that improved it?
Not sure about the 1050 (not 'i'), thou, as they are BIG speakers, and the wife would go mad!
I'm probably only able to go up to the 1020/1030, or 1020i/1030i versions.
It is the "i" sub. Haven't heard the original sub, but I seem to recall it was the main improvement in the 1010i set. I'm fairly new to the whole av scene, but the 1050s certainly seem to sit nicely with the rest of the setup to my ears. Point taken regarding size, combination of understanding wife and judicious gifts of Mulberry handbags has worked so far.
I'm guessing you'd get a similar improvement from 1030i, and if you're near a dealer, why not pop in and have a listen?