I've been lurking for the last few months as I begin to make my first serious plunge into this hobby. This community has been incredibly helpful in getting me oriented with all of the available options in speakers and electronics. It's been over 10 years since I got my first surround set-up (Infinity RS4 floorstanders, small Infinity center, bookshelf Polk rears) that I still use, so it's time for an upgrade.
So, I thought I'd start the 1 millionth "what speakers should I buy" thread as my first post (followed by many more posts on how to get the speakers set up properly with my Marantz 5006
At the very least I've learned from all of the other speaker threads to audition as many speakers as I can within my budget before making a decision. So far I've heard:
Revel (don't remember model)
PSB Image T5
Klipsch RF52 II
Paradigm Studio 60
Based on these auditions I've discovered I like a warmer sound with a bit of brightness/clarity on the high end. The Klipsch sound was too much, but I found many of the other speakers (e.g. PSB and B&W) to be too reserved or clinical (if that makes sense). So far I like the Focal 826W (out of my budget, but the 826V would work) and Kef R500 the best. They will be used for 75% HT and 25% music, but I'm looking for something that brings me back to spending more time with my CD collection.
So, assuming I like the sound and looks of both Focal and Kef equally, is there any reason to choose one over the other? Resale value, electronics, build, reputation/dependability, placement (has to be near a rear wall), etc.?
Any non-ID (not willing to pay for shipments back and forth) brands worth auditioning that I haven't already?
And finally, any sub recs under $1k? Family room is10ft to MLP and 25ft wide but with attached hallway to other rooms and connected to kitchen (i.e. not sealed off), and a 14ft sloped ceiling. I've been looking at the Rythmik F12.
Thanks in advance for your help!