Originally Posted by rick240
2. you've given placement constraints, good - are there aesthetic goals as well
3. don't worry about what brands other people have listened to and liked, what brands have listened to and liked, what brands have you listened to and not liked
First of all, thanks a lot for your promptly response and for helping.
No aesthetics goal whatsoever.
Budget is theoretically pretty flexible, but considering what I am upgrading from I am leaning towards a gradual evolution maybe... unless there is a great benefit in reaching a certain price point under which you really can't find decent quality. I see a lot of very big price cuts in the cheap part of the market, and I have no experience on where you start to really hit strong diminishing returns... So, roughly I'd prefer to stay below 500 for the main speakers. I do not have experience with subwoofers so I do not really know what you are getting by spending more there...
What do I know and like? Not much. On the other side of the ocean I use a 2.0 system that has a tube ampli (primaluna) and a pair of floorstanding speakers by a small italian artisan. The stereo was a gift so I did not pick the components, but I so like the sound. That's however a music only system, while what I am trying to put together now will also be used for movies. Here I have a horrible Yamaha HTIB (with passive subwoofer) that sounds terrible. And I really mean terrible
. My biggest complaint would be the absolute lack of clarity in movie dialogues and the tremendous amount of details lost in music (there are Jazz quartets that sound like trios..).
I listened to some Kliptsch (spelling?) and found them very very (too?) bright. That's it.
I am located in NYC, so I guess I could try and audition a few brands... but realistically I won't do it much because righ now I really have limited free time. Also, aren't direct-from-the-internet a better overall deal? Cutting the middle man
and all that jazz...
Sorry for the basic-ness of my questions, but I am just as clueless as I appear to be.