Originally Posted by drdavman
What have I looked at? The Bose Acoustimass 10 @ Best Buy. I stopped after that because its $1000. I dont know if its "worth" a $1,000. To me that's the MOST i can spend on a speaker package.
Let me stop you right there...
I think we'll all agree you don't want that.
I started some digging and looked at some Paradigm Cinema CT100 package online and then Definitive Technology packages and Mirage NanoSats. They seemed to get good reviews, but then again so do some MartinLogan and Polk HT packages.
All of those brands make high quality speakers. You're going the correct route. I'm partial to the MartinLogan Motions, but I've used DefTech and Mirage (like them both), Paradigm are excellent as well, and Polk can be a very good value. You'll be fine with any of those.
Are their website reviews (other than AVS Forum) that I can rely on for reviews on HT speakers for under $1,000?
You should look in the Speakers forum, though, you'll probably get more responses to a very speaker-centric question like this.
its also hard to find stores that I can demo in long island...that would also help me.
Highly recommend you go somewhere you can hear them. And buy them there. Speakers have a lot of character, and have a lot of differences in sound that make one person prefer A over B. Listen for yourself, bring your own music. And yes, listen to music on them, too...
Hope that helps,