for me the klipsch reference series is right for HT. very sensitive speakers.
i power my 7.1 with a pio elite vsx-23 avr. no problems.
i normally listen at -15 to -20.
imo, for music i would have chosen another speaker or series.
the midrange and treble is different (for music only) imo.
i jam out with some classic rock on pandora in 2 channel, speakers are ok(rf-82's)
system is mainly used for bluray and some games, does great for that purpose.
for music, i am tossing around building a 2 channel setup? i don't listen to alot of different music, mainly rock/roll. HT 80%, music 20%, so i'm not sure in the value of that??
i am curious about the new ascend towers, the song towers from salk, and a custom pair from selah audio??
i don't consider myself a critical listener at all, i have no regrets on the klipsch reference for my home theater.
if i was really into music, i would have probably chosen another make/model.