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HELP!!! Don't know what to buy???

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I am brand new to the forum and relatively new to purchasing home audio gear. But here's the breakdown.

Currently I have the 55" Sony HX750 hooked up to a Marantz SR7008, which is powering four Athena AS-F1 tower speakers, matching center, and a Velodyne CHT-10; sounds pretty good for the 12"L x 15"W space they are being used in. I've been
watching the forum and doing some research and I am JACKED UP to move into some better speakers.

I have the chance to buy either Martin Logan or Definitive Tech sound system at 70% below MSRP. I am currently torn between which company to go with or what the best value will be for me. This is what I've selected so far, basically my initial wish list.

Martin Logan:

-Electromotion ESL Towers
-Electromotion Motif X Center
-Motion FX2 Surrounds
-2 Dynamo 1000 watt subs

Definitive Tech:

-BP-8060ST Towers
-CS-8080HD Center
-UIW RCS 2 In ceiling Surrounds
-1 Supercube 6000 but open to the idea of 2 Supercube 4000's.

This is just what I have come up with so far. I'm open to any good advice really. I'm not a massive Polk fan but I also have the chance to buy from Polk.

I like watching movies and sports mainly, and playing the odd video game. I love big sound and I love to feel whatever I am watching! The listening area is 12"L x 15"W with 9" ceilings, although the space behind my couch is another 15" long and about 10" wide. I have the ability to do rear in-ceilings through the drop ceilings.

Help me find something that pounds the goo out of my skull!!
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Would also consider putting the Martin Logan Vanquish in ceilings for rears...
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How about 5 or 7 KEF LS50's?
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How about 5 or 7 KEF LS50's?
I dont have access to a crazy discount on KEFs. The reason in looking at these brands are because I can get an amazing discount which is vendor direct.
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You need to go listen to them and buy whichever sounds best to you. Nobody can tell you which is best for you.
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You need to go listen to them and buy whichever sounds best to you. Nobody can tell you which is best for you.
I have heard both sets (only the towers and the centers); On amps different than my Marantz. I was hoping that someone here would give me the technical and the fine details to pair the appropriate set of speakers with the amp I have and for my room size/dimensions.
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I don't know about the Martin Logans, but Def Techs bipolar towers are pretty sensitive about placement. Make sure you research that and are able to fit them/place them properly in a room.

Also, if you can get discounts on Polks, depending on the size of your room, a good 12" Polk subwoofer may have more output and more usable low end extension than the Supercube 4000s. So a couple of them might work out better for you

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The BP in the towers indicate bi-polar, not ideal for front home theater speakers which require controlled directivity to produce a cohesive front soundstage. Not bad for two channel to produce "air" in the high frequencies, but counterproductive for imaging in HT IMHO.
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