I’m currently in the process of acquiring a new set of speakers for my 7.1 system. I live in Mexico City and places to audition speakers are very hard to come by down here, so I’ve spent the last month auditioning in the few places I’ve found and came up with a list. I must admit that I’m no expert and I found myself liking every speaker I heard in this list(I’m coming from an Onkyo HTIB, so it figures), I discarded Bose, Sony, JBL and a couple other brands because they just didn’t cut it for me.
I listen to 90% Bluray Movies/Concerts and 10% Stereo/Multichannel Music. I have a Denon 2112CI and it has hooked up a Wii, 360, HD Cable and a HTPC which is the only one I’d like to sound good.
What I’m looking to get is 3 towers for the front stage(since I don’t really like horizontal center speakers) , a couple of bipole/dipole surrounds for the sides and 2 bookshelf speakers for the back. I’m not sure about the sides because I couldn’t audition any bipole/dipole ones, so I’m looking forward on your feedback about how much better they are compared to direct radiating speakers, because they surely are way more expensive.
So here’s the list sorted by price from lower to higher, I may add that speakers here are way overpriced(100-200 more than I found in Crutchfield, Amazon, etc..).
For what I can gather, this brand isn’t well known in the US, but it is well regarded in the UK(where it’s from) and places like India.
Since they are the cheapest option I’m thinking I would go with an all tower approach and get myself 3 pairs of:
I would have to sacrifice 7.1 in favor of 6.1 since they can’t be bought separately only in pairs.
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There is absolutely no way to audition Klipsch speakers here(besides from movie theaters, but I don’t think they’re in the same league), but I can get them for a little more than the PSB’s. From what I’ve read this might be what I’m looking for since they are more oriented to movies than music, but I also can tell there appears to be a love/hate relationship with this brand.
I’m a little inclined to get the PSB’s or the Klipsch’s(which I haven’t heard) because I know for sure that my Denon can drive them(At least the Klipsch’s, because I’m not sure about the PSB’s. They’re listed as 8ohms but in reviews and forums they’re at 6ohms), and for the KEF and MA, I might have to get a new amp.
In the subwoofer department I’m pretty much stuck with commercial brands, since BIC, SVS, Epik, etc… are almost impossible to get here, unless I pay 3 times their price to get them shipped. So I’m hoping that getting tower speakers will mitigate a little of the lack of depth that my current 12” Onkyo delivers until I can get something respectable.
I’m really, really sorry about the long post, but movie nights with my wife are the only fun thing that’s in my life right now(well besides you know what) and I would appreciate your help in enhancing the experience.