I'm new to these forums, but not new to home theater. I used to work for Magnolia HiFi, and have a somewhat compotent understanding of high end audio and video. I've been out of the HT market now for about 4 years, to date my knowledge, Martin Logan had just released their first Motion Series spekers when I last lived in this world.
I'm buying my first home! I have a huge greatroom with 30+ feet vaulted cielings and a tile floor, so I'm certain the accoustics will be challenging. I enjoy both movies as well as music, and have no interest in surround sound. Below are my wants -
Two floor standing speakers. Enough bass to avoid needing a subwoofer. Enough range to avoid needing a center channel. Really, really good sound at both low volumes as well as high volumes. I need music to sound open and clear, with booming sound effects and clear speech in movies.
My budget? I'm comfortable throwing down up to $1000 each for these speakers, maybe a bit more if it's really worth the money.
Other great things to have - Speakers that are durable enough to stand up to a 1 year old potentially poking at them. Beautiful to look at.
If you amazing people could point me in a direction, I would greatly appreciate it. I've done some research online already, and realized that I don't really know whats the best in my price range. If I could spend more, I'd go for some Vienna Accoustic towers.