So, I'll be moving into a new house in mid-June. My current setup includes Polk Rti4 bookshelfs, csi40 center, FX500I surrounds, an Infinity IL120s sub, with an older Onkyo beast of a receiver.
There's brick accent along the floor (see photos) where I will put my TV in the new house, so my old CRT RPTV will look ridiculous on top of it and my subwoofer would be too crammed on it as well. (brick is 22" deep, 12" off floor high). And, the spacing above the door/window and the opening to the kitchen will not fit my FX500i's where I'd like to have my surrounds on the sides. So, I've decided to upgrade my entire system. I've included some photos of the house with the current owners setup and a crude 3D floorplan of how we imagine setting our furniture in there instead. (room is 25 x 20, plus opens to the kitchen).
(Note: All components will go in a custom-hidden closet I will build behind the wall the TV will hang on; ignore the shelving shown below the TV in the model)
I'm going to most likely end up with a Panny plasma (probably 60-65"). I want something that looks great along with it, since we have a lot of people over for business. At this time in my life, I'm willing to sacrifice a little sound for aesthetics, since this will be in the main living area of the house where we'll entertain.
My usage will be 80% movies, 15% gaming, 5% back ground music. (I do not do any serious music listening any longer). I have budgeted myself $2000, although if I can spend less that will give me funds to replace my receiver sooner rather than later. I do not mind buying used gear, either.
Technology has changed drastically since I last seriously looked for speakers, and I'm out of touch. Yesterday I had the chance to check out the KEF T series and Martin Logan SLM thin-line speakers and was amazed at the sound of both. Couldn't really do comparison between the two since they were on different TVs, different movies, and I was trying to keep my 3 year old in-check
I'm not married to the idea of flat speakers like those, but want something unobtrusive. But just based on those two examples, my initial thoughts were:
Buy the KEF T series set and either replace or augment the KEF sub with a SVS SB12-NSD (now or down the road)
MartinLogan SRM for front/Center and something else for the rears, with a SVS SB12-NSD
How do you think that would work? And what other options would you recommend I look at, considering my needs?