Another "best speaker for $x" question! I've done some homework, but could still use some guidance from the experts. My goal is to replace my existing L, C, R speakers with the best bookshelf 3.0 setup I can for under $500. This will be specifically for movies.
Energy Take 5 Classic (L,C,R, LS, RS)
Random HTiB Pioneer (RL, RR)
I've read a number of excellent reviews and threads here that point me toward Energy RC-10s for my budget. Deepstang's thread
was particularly helpful. But these reviews also seem to indicate these speakers might be better for music than movies. In my limited experience, I think I might enjoy a slightly more "forward" and "brighter" speaker for HT. But I'm very much interested in your opinions.
On my list (trying to stick to ones I can listen to locally in Portland, OR):
Def Tech PM1000 or PM800
Energy CB-20 or CB-10
Infinity Primus P163
HSU HB-1 MKII
Aperion Intimus 5B
Quad 11L (friend recommendation)
I've been able to listen to the Energy CB-10, CB-20; Def Tech PM1000. Of those, I preferred the CB-20. The CB-10 was a surprising step down-- it sounded muddy in comparison. Though, to be fair, this was in a Best Buy and I can't say whether there was a setup difference. The PM1000 was a close second to the CB-20 but to my ears had a narrower soundstage.
I appreciate your thoughts!