Ok, now that I have decided and ordered the above hardware, I need speakers. First a story of the current speakers. In a previous home, the room for HT was of such a size that bookshelf speakers were sufficeint. Well 4 yrs ago we built a new house and now I have come to the conclusion they are too small for the room.
Room specifics: wood floors with an oriental rug; 25 ft ceilings in part and 12 ft in part; one wall of glass; one side open to a foyer
Room with 25 ft ceilings is approx 25' w x 22' l. The TV is not centered in the room, so therefore the apex listening position is not centered either. The main listening area is 12 ft from the video source. The center of the TV is about 8 ft from from side wall. My chair is perfectly aligned with the TV center but my wifes sitting area is aligned about another 5 ft to the side.
My current surround sound is set up with a speaker above the TV and one in each corner of the room with a sub on the balcony/
The room is open to the kitchen which is 21 ft W and 18 ft L. It has 10 ft ceilings.
Auditioning speakers here in the Houston area is very difficult considering we have a population of almost 5MM metro. Most high end dealers have gone private install and do not carry stock, but rather make suggestions. Some of the stores that do are all set up with powerful amps and other equipment and perfect acoustics so what you hear may not be what you get at home.
Therefore I have turned to the internet, reviews and various forums and I think I have narrowed it down to three speakers. I wanted to get feedback from you guys as to my picks:
1) Gallo Classico CL-4 ($2495) and center C-CLC ($599) Total $3094
2) Sierra Towers with the RAAL($2698)(but not crazy about their center speakers $608)) Total $3306
3)Salk Song Tower supercharged($3499) and song tower center ($795) Total $4294
Of the above, the Salks are the least efficient, if that matters at all with the Parasound. All give an in-home trial. Gallo for 60 days and pays for shipping both ways. Sierras are free shipping to me, a 30 day trial, but then I pay return freight. The Salks, aside for waiting until they are built, offer a 30 day in home, but I pay shipping both ways.
The Salks do not seem to have a very low, low end frequency overall, so it seems may have to rely more heavily on the sub to account for it.
All suggestions and comments appreciated,
Tim in Houston.