Originally Posted by samsoundar16
That settles it. I will stick with the 1713.
Transmaniacon, I see that you own the EMP E55Ti's. Could you describe how they sound and did you happen to compare them with any other speakers?
The EMP's are a more neutral speaker, meaning they are a little more laid back than brands like Polk and Klipsch. The imaging on them is fantastic, it was the first thing I noticed. I currently run them with a phantom center and I can sit anywhere on my sofa without losing the effect. When listening to music in stereo, I can easily place each instrument in space and the speakers disappear in my room. One shortfall of them however is the low end, they really benefit from a subwoofer in movies. I do not use a sub with music, but it is a must have for movies. Also, these speakers are solid, and they look beautiful. I have them in red burl and the finish and build quality is top notch.
I listened to a good deal of speakers before I tried these, Polk RTi, Infinity Primus, Energy RC, Pioneer, and DefTech, as well as some much more expensive B&W, and Martin Logan speakers. If I had an unlimited budget, I would probably have gone with Martin Logan, but these EMPs hold their own against the much more expensive speakers. The mid-range is the bread and butter of the speaker, that combined with superb imaging made them a clear winner for me. I think the Energy speakers (Older RC line, not the current CF) are a pretty comparable speaker. They are both laid back and sounded similar to me, though with EMP getting the nod on imaging.
Also, the EMPs looked the best out of any speaker I heard, so thats an added bonus!
Edit: I should note I also listened to the Klipsch Reference line and I didn't care for them (too bright for me).