I know Polk doesn't get that much love but the Polk Monitor Series II are the only speaker line I have known and I have been pleased (ignorance is bliss, right?), but the internet has told me I can do better. I have a 7.1 system right now:
Monitor 75Ts - fronts
Monitor 25C - center
Monitor 40 - sides
Monitor 30 - rear
Klipsch SW-350 - sub
Emotiva XPA-3 powering my LCR
Yamaha RX-A1020 doing the processing and the sides/rears
My room is 16' deep x 11' wide but most of the left side is open. I would like to swap out the fronts and center and then eventually get to the sides and rears. My price range is similar to the Polks - $200 ea, $600 total for the fronts. I really dont care about new or used and if used gets me more for my money then I am all for it. I have been told my setup should be very bright but i havent compared it to others so I cant tell. I have listened to others and know that I prefer a neutral to warm sound, I really like the sound of the Def Techs at my local Magnolia store, more so than similarly priced B&Ws if that helps. Some have said the Yammy and Emotiva will produce a bright sound and going with a warm speaker is recommended. My questions are:
A general: do you have a recommendation, used and new?
Is getting a 10 year old (maybe older) speaker going to perform better than some new ones. For example, if I get 10 year old speakers that cost $1500 a pair are they going to be better than some $400 a pair new speakers?
The Polks I have now are full range floorstanding beasts, will I loose something by going to some higher end bookshelves? I know the floorstandings produce more bass but will my sub or a different sub be able to fill in for the lack of bass?
Lots of questions I know, but I am fairly new to this and am thirsty for knowledge, thank you for any guidance