Originally Posted by mpo1977
Looking to upgrade my current 5.1 setup. Presently, I have ~7 year old Athena Technologies (F2 towers, C2 center, B2 surrounds) plus HSU STF-2. Receiver is Yamaha RX-A800, which I am also considering upgrading (maybe to Denon 3312 or Sherwood R-972 or similar). Probably 80% TV/movies and 20% music.
Have done extensive research here and elsewhere and would like some opinions on the following options. The list below has only the speakers, it seems that the subwoofer upgrade will come from comparable options from the usual suspects (Rythmik, SVS, HSU, Outlaw). Any help in narrowing the speaker list down into a more manageable "short list" is greatly appreciated. Several of the options are not readily available locally for demos and I'd rather not be auditioning six or more options at home.
Pricing puts these choices between roughly $1-2k with the PSB Image T6, Aperion and Wharfedale 10.7 at the high end and KEF, Energy, Ascend at the low. In no particular order:
KEF iQ (iQ90 fronts, IQ60c center, IQ10 surrounds)
PSB image (either T6-C5-B6 or T5-C5-B5)
Wharfedale diamond (either 10.7-10cm-10.sr or 10.6-10cm-10.sr)
also checked out the Evo2 line, but could only find the towers
Energy (RC-70, RC-LCR, RC-10)
NHT (absolute towers, center, zeros)
Aperion versus (forte towers, center, surrounds)
Ascend (CMT-340SE fronts, 340SE center, HTM-200SE)
EMP (E55ti, E5ci, E55wi; considered E56ci center, but too wide for my setup)
If I've overlooked something that has similar or more bang-for-buck then I am open to other suggestions. Mainly I am interested in any feedback on the above options. Any suggestions and advice is greatly appreciated.