ok, i currently have Sony STR-DG820 7.1 AVR coupled with klipsch quintet 5 speaker system and a Klipsch RPW10. Sounds good, or at least it used to. Since moving to my new apartment, I suppose the dimensions in the living/dining area are a little bigger, combined with higher ceilings and faux hard wood floors means that, for some reason, when the audio source is regular audio, it plays fine, but when a dolby digital 5.1 signal comes across, it's hard to hear. Basically, if I play a movie from my roku box via amazon instant video or vudu, the sounds and dialogue are hard to hear, but if i play classical music from the Abacus.fm app from the roku, it sounds great.
im assuming that the speakers I have, when played with a surround sound signal are just not big enough to produce enough volume or SPL in this apartment. As such, I now have a Yamaha RX-V871 arriving next week, and am now looking at speakers to go with it.
Today, after looking at and going to frys, i picked up a pair of the Infinity P363's. While in the store, I also auditioned some polk speakers. I believe they were the TSX330's, but dont remember. I called frys and he said he thought they were the Tsi550's. of the 3 polk speakers they had set up in that one room, they were the smallest of the bunch, but the cabinets were not "square", they had a curved cabinet, tapering from large to small from front to back, this is why i think they were the TSX330s and not the TSI550's.
Anyway, i got the 363's because of the price, $214/pr
. However, due to the whole thing on ohm ratings, im concerned. I know some say not to worry about it and it makes sense as there are not any reviews of people losing their AVRs because of them. However, the 363's are not bi-ampable, and im wondering if im going to regret that, if bi-amp is something that one would definately want. I must say though, the polks did sound good, better than the 363's i would say, but they were also $199 each, making them $200 more for the pairs.
Ive also been considering BIC, HTD, HSU, Axiom, KEF and on ebay, there is a pair of RTi8 polks for like $399 (new speakers direct from polk, i think the rti8's are no longer made as their website lists only rti5, rti7, and rti9). There is also a user with a listing of Paradigm monitor 11 v2 for $500 which i would consider.
anyway, i would think in houston, there would be a ton of stores that i could go to, to audition speakers, but apparently, there's not. Aside from Modia and one other store that I cant remember the name of, seems like the big box stores are it (frys, BB). I wish I could actually hear Axiom, BIC, HTD, and HSU, but i cant. That leaves me with the major brands like Klipsch, paradigm (which for the decent speakers (reference line and monitor 9's and up, are going to be too expensive for me unless i can find some good used or factory refurbished), as well as martin logan, which again, for anything decent, will be too expensive.
so, now that i have the infinity speakers in my posession, yet still unopened, would i be making a mistake by keeping them and not taking them back and getting the polk txs330's? also, are there anyone that has any experience with BIC, HTD, and HSU that could tell me where those brands fall as far as sound and quality comparing them to the polks, 363's, or paradigm monitor 9's (i owned a pair of these years ago, and remember them sounding pretty good)
thanks and i apologize for being so long winded.