After quite a bit of research and some auditioning, I'm looking for some feedback on the following speaker setups with MSRP around $6k. I plan to pick up a sub or two from the usual suspects (HSU, Rythmic, SVS, etc). My room is 20x16' with high ceilings, one side is partially open to other rooms in the house. Usage is probably 80% TV/movies and 20% music, but ability to do 2ch audio is important. Currently have Denon 3312 receiver; not opposed to adding a 3ch amp for the front speakers if necessary.
1. Klipsch RF-7 II towers, RC-64 II center, RS-62 II (or bookshelf) surrounds
Got the chance to spend some time with these and they were a huge step up from my current (approx 8 year old) Athena Technologies setup. I was impressed with the low frequency output (I was only listening to the RF-7 towers, no other speakers or subs were connected) and they were easily driven by a Denon 2213, so I know they will work fine with my 3312. Out of the options I'm considering I also know that I can pick up this setup for around $2k less than MSRP, which is definitely not true of the other options.
2. KEF R500 towers, R600c center, R800ds (or R100) surrounds
Should be able to audition these, although the one authorized dealer in my area (Phoenix) does not seem to be good at returning phone calls. While my preference is for towers, I wonder if replacing the front R500 towers with R300 bookshelves would be a noticeable downgrade when I'll have 1 or 2 subs from the list above? Will the 3312 have enough power to drive the R series speakers?
3. Monitor audio Gold GX100 bookshelves, GX150C center, GXFX (or GX50) surrounds
The Gold towers are definitely outside of my budget, but with the subs again I'm wondering if not having the towers up front might allow me to get a higher-end bookshelf speaker that would lead to a better overall system. Unfortunately the GX350C center is too tall for my setup. Should be able to audition these locally.
Any feedback on the above options would be greatly appreciated.