Well, it's been the better part of a year since I made any additions/modifications to either my bedroom or living room systems, and I'm sad to say the upgrade bug is biting, badly this time. Also, I'm getting married in a few months, and I figure I ought to grandfather in as big of a system as I can possibly afford before my balls get snipped (nah, she'd never do that, she wants kids after all -- I think).
So here's where I'm at. Back in '07 I started building a Def Tech home theater -- BP 7002 mains, a CLR 2000 center (formerly 2002 -- that was an earlier upgrade), and BP-2X surrounds. The bass was pretty good, but my living room is open to the dining room and kitchen, meaning I have 7000 cu ft to pressurize, so eventually I added a Hsu VTF-15H, which has been VERY nice
The amp is a NHT Power5 (200 wpc, ICEpower). I'll be moving soon, however, and my new living room will be a much more bass friendly 3000 cu ft. Also, in the last 5 years I've increasingly been using the system for music (mostly jazz, blues, and piano, with a little classical and some very select hip hop/R&B), and less for movies. Compared to my bedroom system, I can tell that the mids are a little muddy, and the highs aren't quite as airy.
The Def Techs have treated me well, but I think they've had their time. In their place, I want a something that will be outstanding for jazz music but still hold its own on HT duty. I'm really sensitive to forward highs (I cant listen to budget Klipsch for more than 30 secs before i have to leave.) My budget is 4000 max for 5 speakers. Eventually I may upgrade the amp if necessary, but for now assume my NHT Power5 will be supplying the power. Of course I'll still have the Hsu sub (that guy isn't going anywhere). I want detail, airy treble, articulate mid bass. I'm already looking at the Ascend Sierra Towers, but I'd like to know from you all what else I should research, ideally that I can demo in music stores. The footprint can grow of necessary, and I don't need more SPL than what Im currently getting out the BP 7002s, but preferably something comparable (though with the smaller room, I think I could sacrifice some of the BP 7002's bass and still be alright with the Hsu sub).
I'm willing to look at the used market, so if the retail price exceeds 4000 for 5 speakers by, say, 50%, that's okay. I'm patient. I assume this project will take a month or 2 to research, demo, and buy everything. As far as brands go, I've heard great things about Salk, Paradigm, Dali, and several others. Are there any models you've heard that you think are what I'm looking for, and that would beat out the Ascends?
Thanks in advance for your ideas!