Hello more knowledgeable people than me -
Perhaps I can glean some information to help me upgrade my current Energy RC-70/RC-LCR front 3 setup.
Usage: almost exclusively home theater
Room size: (10 to 12') wide x 17' long x 7' high opening onto another room and hallway of approximate equal size. Distance from LCR to MLP at the moment is just over 10 ft.
Current gear (standard "decent" HT fare):
2x Energy V-S
2x Energy RC-R
2x Energy V-mini (heights)
SVS PB-12 Plus DSP
Emotiva XPA-3 (powering LCR)
On the radar: HSU MBM-12 for some better "slam"
Primary reason to upgrade: Energy LCR not up to snuff IMO. Wanting to purchase that set of speakers that will last me years, before, um, other priorities take precedent.
- For about $3000 (tax not incl) I feel there are several good contenders that, importantly, provide a matched LCR setup for HT: Zu Omen, Ascend Sierra Tower and Horizon, SVS Ultra, Tekton Enzo (with matching center pending)
- It's definitely not an ideal setup/room currently, although it's not bad. I haven't taken any measurements, since I haven't researched what I need to get that going. Room treatments may in the future to help out, but I plan on only being at this place for another couple years, if that....So, these new speakers would have to be suitable in a (hopefully) larger room in the future. Hence towers not bookshelves
Will the Zu's be dynamic enough for HT to warrant the upgrade? Are they more suitable for 2-channel music? Is the single driver more suitable for smaller rooms/smaller distances to MLP such as mine?
- Will the Ascend towers be dynamic enough to warrant the upgrade? (by all rights the Horizon should be plenty good - it's probably the best center of the bunch). Are they more suitable for 2-channel music? MLP distance too small for "all those drivers" to integrate properly?
- Is the SVS center a weak link? (The towers may also be too big for the room - see below)
- Are Tektons all they're cracked up to be, especially for HT? (there's probably not gonna be a lot people out there who've heard the Enzo's though). MLP distance too small for "all those drivers" to integrate properly?
- Aesthetics will play a part in all this, for better or worse
- It may come down to doing an A-B test between a couple of them - while utilizing some return policies of course - but I'm very much trying to avoid going through that hassle. Instead, I'd prefer to make the best educated decision I can based on some input, and enjoy the sh*t outta of them
- Eliminated: Considered Aperion Grand Verus', but not sure they're quite on par with the other options listed. Other offerings from Tekton might be cheaper (Lore's, Lore-S') but don't offer a matching center.
- I have been partial to the Ascends' for quite some time, but am slightly afraid they're built more for musical accuracy than HT, and will lack some punching power (and therefore, not be worth it)
-Some pics and CAD models of my current setup and various options listed:
Current setup, minus the heights I added a month or two ago:
Reverse angle of HT room (sub has been moved though):
Basement Isometric (CAD) from above:
Current setup: Energy's (CAD)
Reverse angle of HT room, with current placement of sub (CAD)
Ascend Sierra Towers and Horizon (CAD)
SVS Ultras (not sure I modelled the towers quite right) (CAD)
Tekton Enzo (no clue about the center yet) (CAD)
Zu Omen (CAD)
I'm looking for feedback, listening impressions, general advice, ANYTHING that may help me make this decision easier. Thanks. This is an A-1 site.