I've been out of the speaker market for a long time, but looking to do an upgrade match my new 65 inch plasma. I've been reading for some time to get current. So I've read the similar threads for months, but figured I would post for some advice.
The room currently has an Energy Take 5.1 system in it and its way overdue for an upgrade. I have been trying to audition, but I am finding local options very limited in variety and setups are less than ideal.
Some design considerations/constraints:
1) 2K is absolute ceiling, and some comfort margin underneath that is not a bad thing; lets say 1500-2000.
2) The room is roughly 13 by 17, but see attached photo of the layout.
3) This is a Family Room HT setup, but also does a fair amount of background music service for the family room and adjoining kitchen (not critical listening), so HT takes priority.
4) Given location of sectional, and the fact that I'd want a sub anyway, I'm leaning towards bookshelves/ stands for the fronts, as a left tower is just going to fire into the furniture.
5) TV will be wall mounted, but I have av furniture that is 23 inches high (and it stays). Given the 65 inch screen, that places some height challenges on my center. I probably want to stay under 7 inches (to keep bottom of tv no higher than about 30 inches).
6) The surrounds are high on the side walls, almost inline with prime horizontal sitting positions on the sectional. Given windows and other wall issues, I think dispersive surrounds would help me improve the rear sound stage.
7) I already have a Denon 3310CI receiver, seems more than fine for me and has Audyssey , and I don't really want to do external amps.
I was originally planning 500-700 for the sub and based on the recommendations it looks like ID is the way to go, and I should look at HSA, SVS, Outlaw etc. I haven't concentrated on the sub research beyond that. Been focused on the fronts/center since I don't want to hang the plasma until I have the speakers.
What I have been able to find hear:
Paradigm Atoms for fronts (but the Paradigm centers are tall.) I thought they were OK, but on small side and a bit light on output, local dealer jumped right to towers after that.
Limited auditioning of Paradigm Millennia 20s in LCR. I like the low height profile for the center, and center channel wasn't bad, but probably pricey for the (lack of) stereo positioning in on wall. Can buy more bookshelf with less.
I've heard various combinations of PSB bookshelves and centers, didn't find any combo that grabbed me so far.
2- RB61 II bookshelves , RC52 II (center is 6.5 inches high), and 2 RS-41II dipoles . This seemed more than adequate in power due to high efficiency. I liked the Surrounds a lot as well for their size.
So far I think the Klipsch system has been the best soundstage that I've heard, and was well dispersed across the room and and provided best overall imaging. As for the general 'love or hate' for the horns: I liked them from what I've heard. Still probably not enough competitive auditioning though to make an absolute decree. The Reference system is roughly 1300 as noted (and I need some $$ for speaker stands). Currently local and online retailers are 'throwing in' the SW-110 for free (I assume Klipsch has a manufacturer promotion, as do a few other competitors). I know if I had to buy the sub outright the recommendation would be to go elsewhere. And yes I could do that anyway, then I'm sitting on an extra sub that was really amortized into the Klipsch pricing anyway.
Thoughts? How bad is SW-110 given the above? What else should I be looking (listening) at? I may be challenged finding them in person, but we'll see.