Originally Posted by JeffTDC
That helps a lot--thanks, warpdrive.
You mention that I'd notice a difference in music, but I'm curious...would there be a noticeable difference when watching a football or basketball game?
(I ask because I've never had the chance to compare a basic vs. higher-quality 5.1 system when watching sports or tv)
I think the difference would be much less profound with sports or just general tv watching.
I have the M1's and I chose them because I wanted the best micro-satellites I could find. The M1's are designed with that goal, they use the same tweeter drivers that Paradigm uses in their $800-2500 speakers, and they are designed to look good without giving up any sound quality. The difference between these and other satellites is their linearity, they sound accurate in the midrange, which a lot of satellites fall short of. This is heard as just more convincing sounding vocals, and spoken dialogue will be,on a whole, more clear and intelligible. To make another comparison, the M1's are still far more accurate sounding than something like the Superzero's mentioned above.
Like all things, there will be diminishing returns, but at the same time, I think the M1s will be something that you should never need to upgrade from unless you move to a much larger space and you need something that can play louder.
It's all relative, for *my* tv watching, my speakers are $1000 a pair, and I upgraded from speakers that were $500 a pair, and I appreciated the difference it made. Unlike some people on this forum, my budget is still rather limited, but I still like to invest in quality equipment when I know I will get good use of it.