By way of introducing myself to the AVS Forum, I will post a few pictures of my setups that to this point have been something I had worked hard to find the best deals and have obtained through the years. While I've spent years researching this forum and asking the Search Bar questions I've found recently that most of the posts and questions I've been looking for answers to are quite old. That is what lead me to finally register and ask for guidance and share my story.First setup - Infinity Primus
My first set up I acquired as a younger man and have enjoyed for many years but I feel the time has come that I would like to upgrade. Fry's Electronics had a sale on Infinity P363's a few years ago that allowed me to get the two towers for $99 a piece. I also purchased a Yamaha RX V565 7.1 receiver at the time. They've served me well, but because of my past interest in playing sports in the house I have damaged the bottom driver on both of the speakers. They're still serviceable but the popping of the right speaker's lower driver became so bad that I had to remove it completely and the left lower driver is simply unplugged. Anyway, I added some P163's on the wall right behind the couch and also a PC 153 Center Channel under the TV. I loved this setup and erroneously referred to myself as an audiophile because I had better speakers than my friends. While I added the center and the P163's I also bought a BIC F-12 sub woofer and loved it...
Here is a picture of my living room setup:Second setup - Cambridge S30's
After my first setup I found it hard to listen to tinny speakers on my television and I came back to AVS Forum to see what I could find for a bookshelf speaker. I have to thank zieglj01 so much for his review on the Cambridge S30's. I know they're a budget speaker but in my master bedroom it has been such an amazing listening experience and have made me realize how little definition I can hear on my other system. When I purchased the S30's I also purchased a Denon 1713 to power them and designed and built some of my own speaker stands to hold them at my listening level. Somewhere down the road I also built an AV Stand too. I still had the new speaker itch and thanks to JimWilson's fine posting I purchased my first major
audio item and it was an SVS SB1000. Although it is the lowest of their collection it was the biggest and best in my house. Well, with better listening experience and being able to hear Glen Gould breathe and hum to his own music,. I also added an Audio Technic turntable so I could listen to Miles Davis and could enjoy everything I wanted more...
Here is the bedroom setup:
Here is how I built the speaker stands:
One of my other passions in life outside of music and Audio Video Science is watches. I am a moderator on Watch Talk Forums and took a fun picture to share. I wonder if these two passions coincide with anyone else?
I debated whether or not I should create a new thread for my questions or just post them here. Since I'm close to pulling the trigger I'll just ask here:I am looking to upgrade the aforementioned Infinity towers (for now) with one of the following:Kef - Q500
(I found this grossly mispriced for more than $200 less than they should be; brand new, in rosewood).Swans Diva - 6.
1 (I've loved the Swan line for years but could never justify their price).Focal Chorus - 716v
(I like the look, and many people recommend them).Monitor Audio - RS6
(Unfortunately one of the older posts I found lead me to this but it is a discontinued model. I love how these look though and the reviews look incredible).
I am also open to any suggestions, but I have a strong preference to purchase on Amazon
because of a copious quantity of gift cards.About my home, price range, preferences, and musical tastes:
My living room is 16' x 27' x 8'. I can spend more than $1000 but I'd have difficulty justifying it with myself. I love the look of symmetrical speakers... When I say that, I mean a speaker design I do not like (although I yearn for the brand) is the Salk SongTowers. I listen to Classical, Jazz, Rap/Hip Hop, Thrash, Black/Viking metal and recently some Pop music. Because the TV is better in the living room I'd estimate that more movies would be watched there on the PS3. The PS3 Media Server makes it easy to listen to music too so I'll have unlimited access to .FLAC and 320kbps audio. I have a sub now and will be upgrading that to another SVS some day but for now I'd just like advice on the towers.