Originally Posted by akraz
By bright side do you mean, clear highs?. I listened to Polk Tsi and Klipsch reference at best buy. TSi sounded pretty good but surely Klipsch was way better but also well beyond my price range.
Most people describe speakers as "bright" when they feel highs are more pronounced compared to the rest of the range. I think you are describing the same with "clear highs". Also what specifically did you like in Klipsch compared to Polks? The trick is that not everyone hears the same, and not everyone finds the same sound signatures pleasing.
Back to your choices... small towers vs. bookshelves vs. Bose satellites.
I'd consider overall package, and to me four RTi A1's with a matching CSi A center (CSi A4 or A6) is a better quality choice than TSi300-based setup. CSi A centers are also better than their CS counterparts. Some people just prefer the look of towers.
Again, which Klipsch and Polk TSi's did you hear, and why did you prefer Klipsch Reference? Was it in the same room and with the same source?edit
: also, stepping up to RTi A series, you get a choice of di-/bi-pole surrounds, such as FXi A4 and A6 (and also prior generation FXi3 and FXi5 if you want), and if in the future you expand your setup, RTi A1 will easily go on the back