Wow, what a thread. A lot to take in.
I'll try to keep this short.
I just got done with an electronics, room treatment and sub upgrade of my HT. Now I have (not including sources):
3 Crown XLS2000's
2 DIY Sealed HST-18's/2 Crown XLS2000's, mono Bridged
Paradigm Studio 100 mains, CC-690 Center, ADP-590 Surrounds
Wasn't planning on a speaker upgrade, but as I was researching and asking questions about my DIY subs, it was pretty hard not to see/read all the info on the 1099's. So I started to think that they might be an upgrade to my Paradigms.
Started a thread on the topic, and Tux himself thought that the 1099's may or may not be an upgrade. Not worth the trouble to me to buy, build and test them to find out they wouldn't make me happy.
Then today I was poking around and learned of the Gedlee speakers, and somehow that led me to the JTR's. Then I remembered that there were some JTR's head-to-head against the 1099's at the Vancouver GTG, and it seems that the 1099's weren't that far off of the 228's.
But I think I'd probably be more inclined to go with the 212HT's.
My system sounds pretty good now. In order to justify making the investment in new speakers, I'd really have to be convinced that I'd be in for a huge upgrade in sound quality. I am probably 25% music/75% movies, but with my system sounding a lot better, I'm feeling inclined to abandon my headphone rig and spend more time listening to the HT for music.
Don't know that I could swing L/R/C right now because of budget, might have to run a phantom center.
Any thoughts to help me out?