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Those two speakers are different enough from each other that I recommend you audition before making a final decision. I've heard both and I would lean towards the SVS Ultra towers since you already have a beefy amp. The Klipsch are far more efficient, whereas the Ultra demands the extra power you have on tap.
Both are great speakers that I have listened to critically, in home theater environments. The Klipsch are capable of greater wham-bam-slam type dynamics, which could be the ticket if you are only concerned with movie watching. If you plan to use your theater for music as well, the SVS towers are worth serious consideration. Mind you, I am not saying the Klipsch are no good for music.
Find a way to demo them both, if you can. SVS makes it easy to demo its products (45-day risk-free auditoion), all you need to do is find a pair of Klipsch to compare.
Mark Henninger, Senior Editor at AVS Forum