Hi all..as mentioned in previous posts, I'm new to HT and busy setting up my first kit. Recently purchased the Denon AVR-1613 and am undecided about speakers.
Originally, I had my mind set on the Polk 60s/70s or the Infinity p363 since I don't have the budget for a sub right now and figured the floorstanders could compensate for the lack of a sub until I came into money.
However, the more I read, the more it appears I can get more quality for the same price (budget is $300) if I went the bookshelf route. Obviously, they lack in the bass significantly compared to floorstanding speakers...but if the quality of sound is significantly better, then that is a compromise I can live with. Usage will be 40% music, 60% TV/movies. Room they're to be used in is 10' from TV to couch X 14' wide. High volumes is not necessary. Clear, sharp sound is way more important than volume.
Speakers that seem to be exceptionally well reviewed that fall into this category include:
KEF iQ 10 ($250/pair)
HSU HB-1 Mk II ($300/pair)
PSB alpha B1 ($300/pair)
Energy RC-10 ($300/pair)
Paradigm Atom ($288/pair)
Axiom M2 ($338/pair)
NHT Absolute Zero ($400/pair --- way over budget, but seems to have rave reviews. May be pushed IF significantly better than all other speakers listed above)
Curious to know which is a better route to go. Get the Polk or Infinity floorstanders, or "better" bookshelfs? If bookshelfs are the way to, does anyone have personal experience/preference for the speakers above? Unfortunately I live in the sticks and have no real audio outlet near me to test them out before hand.