Hi. I was hoping to get some opinions here on whether I received good advice from an HT shop. After researching speakers to build out a 7.1 system, I had decided I wanted to check out the PSB speakers. So, while on a road trip, I stopped into a shop that carried them. I explained that I would soon be completing my HT and planned a 7.1 sound system, but to keep costs down, I wanted to use my current pair of Infinity Kappa 8's as my front mains. I told the sales rep that, yeah, I knew all about timbre matching and such, and that it might not be ideal, but at least for a year or two, I really wanted to live with it. At that point, he said, "Infinity Kappa 8 mains, with everything else PSBs? That's going to sound terrible!" And I thought, here it comes, he's going to lecture me on timbre matching and how I had to buy new front mains because he wants the boost the sale. But, to my surprise, he said, "I'm very familiar with your Kappa 8's. They are phenomenal speakers. You should absolutely use them as your front mains. But, PSBs are not a good match for them. We have a line that is very similar in design to the Kappa 8's and will match well with them and give you a great complete system. He then recommended Focal speakers and proceeded to demo them to me, as well as the PSB's. I definitely agreed that the Focals sounded more like what I was used to and sounded great. From further research, they appear to be a very good line of speakers that I should be happy with. So, I'm looking at the Chorus 800 line of surround and center channel speakers to match up with my Kappa's.
So, I just wanted to check out this advice and see if people here agree I was given good advice, or a bum steer. Does the above sound reasonable? Also, if so, would you stick with a Focal subwoofer, or go with something like an HSU?
I greatly appreciate all help.