I have what I consider to be a nice speaker system (college kid, so I guess everything is relative). I have energy rc-10's as my front speakers, with the rc-lcr as the center. I also have JBL control 5's acting as side/surround speakers, but they were blown out at a party. After I finished mourning their loss, I figured it was time to reinvest.
I would have just gone straight to a second pair of the rc-10's, as I really enjoy them. I found them last summer on amazon for less than 250 a pair (I think because the veritas line had just come out), which was insane and I would gladly pull that trigger again. However, I guess everybody else and their mother thought the same thing, and it's now essentially impossible to find rc-10's, let alone in that price range.
I'm looking for something good, obviously. After looking around for a bit, I've come across a few (so far) that intrigue me. First, the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1's. I've read only good things about them, and a lot at that. The same is true for both the cambridge s30's and the P4's. My friend who lives in my house has the Audioengine A5's (which are just the powered version of the P4's), and those are stellar.
I'm wondering if anybody has any suggestions regarding these three or anything else. Between the rc-10's and the rc-lcr, I really don't need more bass, so if the only difference between some of the speakers above is bass, that's not a concern. Plus I have a jbl es250pbk, which I never use because it's too loud and the bass on the energy's sounds better anyway.
What I'm really looking for is what will mesh with my system. I think I like warm sounding, though that could just be my inexperience speaking. The speakers I buy will be going on a bookshelf, so that gets me thinking front ports will be better (which the P4 has). But if it doesn't make a huge difference and there's a clear winner, I'm willing to do anything.
I'll say my budget is $400, but there would have to be a crazy insane deal to get me to spend more than the $350 I'll have to shell out for the Wharfedales. Thanks in advance