Originally Posted by muri11
I'm currently upgrading my home theater system and after some online research, I have narrowed down my search to the following:
Speaker System (design and performance both important):
1- Paradigm MillenniaOne (amazing reviews everywhere) paired with SB12-NSD sub.
2- Morel Soundspot Music Theatre 2 Ultra
3- Minx 525
1- Anthem MRX 500 (I only chose it over the MXR 300 due to networking options which is a must for me)
2- Yamaha Aventage RX-A2030 or RX-A1030 (undecided)
The room is about 4m x 6m
I'm a beginner and would sincerely appreciate some professional help on this matter as I will need to make these purchases very soon.
Mind you I cannot test these products as I do not have any of them in my city (Cairo).
First, an Egyptian looking at Israeli speakers? Nice sign of how far the world's come. That said, I wouldn't recommend the Morels, simply because Morel has abysmal quality control on both their raw cone drivers and their finished products.
I also wouldn't actually recommend the Paradigms. They're well engineered speakers, but from what I know of Cairene home construction (heavy, reflective plaster walls, marble floors, etc.) they'll sound bright because they're voiced for standard North American "cardboard and spit" homes. And even there, they're a bit bright and thin sounding IMO.
The Minx, by contrast, is basically just "Bose cubes with an audiophile nameplate." May as well just go with the original...
A speaker set that might do well for you is the old KEF KHT3005SE. Voiced well for harder rooms (downward-tilted FR), very high standard of build and quality control, great sound. They've been replaced by a new model (name escapes me, E-something) that's probably good but I've not heard them or seen measurements. Another, more expensive but IMO not better, is the Tannoy Arena. That said, if the Tannoys are available to you and the KEFs are not, then they're a good option.
As for AVRs, it's dicey. ARC will make the MRX the better-sounding unit, but I would expect Yamaha to have better quality control. A few of us, myself included, had MRX's that had fatal flaws out of the box and needed swapping. (MIne gave me nothing but pink/purple screens through the HDMI output.) If you had a local dealer with stock who could just swap out a defective unit, I'd say MRX without a doubt. But if your purchase is remote (especially it involves shipping from Dubai or something) it's a closer call. I'd probably get the Yamaha.