Let me get right to the point and say that i am of the frugal type, i spend hours searching out the best deals on anything, not just audio, sometimes this can lead however to unwise choices.
A little more than a year ago i jumped on buying new but discontinued Mirage OMD-5 bookshelves and the OMD C1 center for a 1/4 of the MSRP's. I also have Mirage Nanosat's for the rear surrounds. The older OMD line are very well made speakers and aesthetically pleasing, the sound takes getting used to. I feel for movies they are great but lack in the music department. Although, at times they really do disappear into the room and can sing quite nice, but are definitely lacking in the bass frequencies. I just feel at times they sound like a "sub satellite" combo, they are currently paired with a Velodyne sub and an older Onkyo 7.1 75w receiver. The room is a small living room, about 12' x 14' with 9' ceilings.
In my constant pursuit to upgrade i've found myself gravitating towards smallish (preferably narrow) Tower speakers. One choice i've come across are older PSB T45 towers that i know at this point are probably at least 6 or 7 years old, but can be had on the cheap, and i know PSB makes quality stuff. On the other hand i come back to the ultra affordable new Pioneer Andrew Jones line (SP-PK52FS) towers at only $125 ea, and wonder how these stack up against speakers that used to cost 5 times as much. I'm a little worried about buying older speakers for concerns of wear and tear, any opinions on this?
Basically i'm trying to upgrade the fronts for better music sessions but they will also handle movie duties in a 5.1 setup as well. Would love suggestions for towers under $500 that are not junk, this is why i'm also considering buying used speakers like the PSB T45 towers.
Btw, i've also considered just building my own set of TriTrix TL towers from Parts-Express.