Hi everyone, I need your help to upgrade my current system to a new one. I will include data about my room, usage, taste, and budget to make you have the full view.
My current system is an old one which is :
- Harman Kardon AVR3000 (5.1, 40W per channel for 5 channels and 50W per channel for 2 channels all at 0.07%THD, response 20hZ - 20kHz)
- A set of JBL 5.1 system SCS 178 (four satellites 25-100W, 88db, 8 ohm, 90Hz-22kHz) + (center 25-100W, 88db, 8 ohm, 100Hz-22kHz) + (ported active sub 8``down firing, 100W, 35Hz-160Hz).
My room dimensions are:- (W: 4m - L: 4m - H: 3m) so it is around 1700 cubic foot with no wall at all at the right side of the listening point (however, this wall can be built to get use of the room gain by having a completely sealed room with the named dimensions).
My usage to the system is (30% HT, 40%TV, and 30% Music of all types except electronic). I usually listen to a moderate vol. level (-30 to -20 db on my current system). My listening peripheral for the coming system is to be neutral, clean, accurate, detailed, and best possible imaging. I am also interest to having a full extended, detailed tight base. Listening to the system will never be at reference levels so as long as these characteristics are achieved in 10 to 2 o'clock area I will be satisfied.
One more thing, adding a separate amp is not an option at least for the coming year.
I am now in the process of upgrading the whole system in two steps:
1- Within this month I will get:
Two fronts (either LSA-2.1 - PSB T6 - Polk RTI-A7 or Paradigm monitor 11 (but it is the last option due to about 400 $ above the budget)
A corresponding matched center speaker.
The proper SVS sub (PC12-NSD or SB12-NDS).
(Total budget for this step is around 2000USD)
2- The second step will be within 6 months as follows:
A nice pioneer elite 7.2 channels.
Two front surrounds same brand as the fronts(I am not sure if I will need these speakers for this room size).
Two rear surrounds mostly will be Pioneer SP-FS 52 (or the same brand as the fronts).
(Total budget for this step is around 2000USD).
Now my problem is I live in Egypt and I have completely no access to try any of the mentioned speakers and if I do not like any of them I will probably pay it`s cost on two way shipping. So I am in need to have your personal opinion based on your listening experience about my choice and to help me select considering that I am leaning to LSA and PSP more than the Polk (which is said to be brighter) and mostly to LSA since LSA1 is having excellent reviews. I know I should listen to them my self but all I can do i listening though you.
Thanks for the help.