Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Staten Island, NY
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So I have the itch to swap out my current system in my living room. It consists of the following:
(2) Emotiva 6.2 L/R
(1) Emotiva 6.3 C
(2) Emotiva ERD-1 in inverted bipole mode
Onkyo 818 receiver
Outlaw Audio Model 7500 5 channel amp
HSU VTF -3 MK4 sub
PS3 for Blu Rays
Marantz DV 9600 DVD for SA-CD/DVD-A
My room is 16x35 but half of it is a dining area. Sitting distance is 13' from the front speakers. Couch is on rear wall with surrounds ~4' above ear level. Emotiva recommends running the ERD-1 in inverted dipole mode. Overall, I really like the way the system sounds. Bass is fantastic, mids almost perfectly balanced, highs are a tiny bit lacking. I like my highs a bit more crisp. I listen to jazz, blues, latin jazz, house, hip hop, and R&B. Music/Movies are 50-50% at this point in my life. Being retired is great!!! LOL
So I am thinking of swapping just the 5 speakers in this setup. I have a main HT setup that is running full Def Tech in 7.2 config (BP7000, CLR3000, BPX x 4, and dual Supecube Reference subs) So the living room is where I mainly listen to music, kids play video games, and I watch movies when I'm alone or just me and the wife. If we have a movie night with company, we usually go to the main HT in the basement.
I've been getting the itch to try something new from Emptek, Swan, or Kef. I was also considering a set up from HTD so I can try my first ever ribbon tweeters, but I really dislike the white driver they use. And I run my speakers naked-no grills. Anyone ever have Emo speakers and switched over to Emptek, Swan, or Kef? Here are the setup in the ~$2,000 range I am considering:
Emptek: e55Ti towers, e56Ci center, and E55W bi pole rears: $1,744 (missed their recent sales)
Swan: Swan Diva 4.2 towers, Swan Diva 5.2c center, Swan 4.2r bi pole rears: $1,582 delivered
Kef: KefiQ70 towers, iQ60 center, and ???rears (KEF di/bi poles too expensive) ~$2,000-2,400
Any other speakers (towers or book shelf are fine) that I should consider in this price range? I think this setup should be geared more towards music if I had to choose. I also saw some Swan M1B reference book shelves open box for $750, but I couldn't find a matching center with a ribbon tweeter. I would love to have given those a try.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.