Hey, thanks for the wealth of info here. I want better sound, not groundbreaking super audiophile grade, but clean, full, and non-fatiguing. My den is WxLxH 14 x 23 x 9 and extends into a 15 x 15 kitchen/breakfast area. A pretty large space. Carpeted in den and hardwoods in kitchen/breakfast area. Movies/TV = 70% - Music = 30% but might increase with new system
My budget is ~ $1300.00. I presently have the room set up with the TV (mounted on wall low profile) and console (also mounted to wall 16" deep) on a 14' wall with the couches 13' back and 10' open space behind me into the kitchen. Open floor plan
I'm using a 5 x 80watt Denon avr-1713 and have a HTIB take classic 5.1. I did all the in-wall wiring and all speakers are wall mounted. It is a temporary speaker solution and will be going to a small bedroom. It falls way shy of filling my room with sound for obvious reasons.
Note: WAF is important. This is not a dedicated HT. One day maybe.
I've been doing my research for about a month now...OCD is a terrible disease...
I've been drawn to Arx, KEF, AscendAcoustics, PSB, NHT, Monitor Audio, Wharfedale, and the list goes on. It is overwhelming.
Since the speakers will be wall mounted I've found what I think are satisfactory packages and think they will both be a monumental upgrade over the take classic htib.
1: NHT - I spoke with John at NHT and we configured a system that consisted of ClassicTwo LR, ClassicTwoC C, SZ2.0 surrounds, and B10d sub. This rung up to $1400
2: PSB - Alpha B1 LR, Alpha C1 C, Alpha LR1 surrounds, SVS sb-1000 sub. $1300
For now, I'm stuck with wall mounting the speakers although my mounts do hold the speakers 6-8" off the wall.
Recommendations? Are stands the only "real" way to achieve entry level audiophile grade performance? Any other nice entry level options y'all would advise?