Hi all, I'm in the early stages of a speaker upgrade, and would appreciate some help in focusing the search. I have a built-in setup, with little flexibility about where things can be set up. I'm enclosing a picture (I hope). I will need a sub/sat setup which can be mounted (and sound excellent) on or very near the wall in a 45 degree corner. I currently have 5.1 channels of 2000 vintage Acoustic Research. They were 'pretty good for the price' when purchased, but as a former sound engineer they seem to be getting more painful to listen to as time goes on.
I for sure need to replace the sub, which distorts horribly, but need one that fits in a roughly 10x10" footprint, preferably with equalization since the room is complex.
I have been looking most closely at satellite setups from Gallo, B&W, and Focal. I'm really going for 'aspirational' sound here, something I can enjoy thoroughly for the long term even though I haven't room for a big statement pair of speakers. Budget is probably between 2500 and 7k for the 5.1. I value a spacious and precise soundstage, correct rendering of voices, piano, and orchestra, and satisfying low end. I will, of course, also be using the setup for movies.
They'll be driven by an Integra 50.2 receiver. I generally listen to CDs ripped lossless to a DLNA media server, or more recently HDTracks high resolution downloads. Had my fill of fussy vinyl years ago (sorry vinyl lovers, just don't have the time or room).
What I'd appreciate from the assembled multitudes here are some listening comments on the systems I'm considering, particularly from people who have had similar setups. Some sats are fine on or near the wall, others are adversely affected by that placement. I'd love to hear about sonic strengths and weaknesses of sub/sat combinations you've heard or purchased. Finally if there are other sub/sat combos of similar sonic quality to the ones above that would fit, I'd like to know about them.
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