I am looking for recommendations bookshelf speakers that are very dynamic. I previously had the Pioneer BS22's then returned them and got the FS52's then returned them thinking they would be more dynamic (they were not). For music they sounded detailed but completely and utterly lifeless (almost monotone) and worse for HT. I spent hours tweaking and thinking something was wrong with my receiver and even liked the TV speakers more.
Then I got some Energy RC-70's and instantly loved them. After having them for a while though I feel that they lack sizzle and few things actually jump out at me. The high frequencies are not as pronounced as I like. No matter loud I crank them I feel like I'm stuck back stage and while MUCH better than the Pioneers I still feel they lack dynamics. If this helps with recommendations I found myself boosting the treble 4-8db with the Energy speakers.
I also have the slightly brighter Energy Veritas center and like the sound a little more. It seemed a little more punchy and detailed. I also found that I had to crank them to uncomfortable volumes in a small room
to get the best detail.
I am selling both now though so I can use the cash to get cheaper bookshelf speakers and a good sub.
- The highs were not as crisp or loud as I would have liked
- I felt that like both speakers were too well tamed. I felt like I just wanted them to cut loose like at the theater but they never did. No matter what volume. Nothing ever jumped out at me.
- I ended up boosting treble 4-8db on the RC's
- Pioneers were completely lifeless to me.
- I felt like I was in the back row
- Volume helped with the highs frequencies. It didn't bring me a more full and dynamic sound as much as I wanted though.
I listen to everything. Rock, Pop, R&B, Techno, Acoustic guitar songs, pretty much everything except Rap. Not much classical but I love instruments like the piano, violin, and acoustic guitar. So I'm not looking for a speaker that only shines with classical. Like in the title of the thread I am looking for a good gaming/HT speaker as well.
I listened to the Klipsch Synergy F-30's and the KB-15 recently and liked the sound much more. It will take quite some time to forget the look on my little brothers face as he said "Get the Klipsch!". Still from what I hear they are not as good of a value as the Klipsch ref's and I feel the references are overpriced. The prices of the center channel make me cringe as well. So I feel there are better alternatives.
Based on what I described does anyone think the HSU HB-1 MK2 horn bookshelf, Cambridge S30, or Paradigm Atoms will give me what I'm looking for? I'm also open to other suggestions.