Originally Posted by Luisfc1972
life is short i want to buy just one more time and i will spend the money to be happy.
For your potentially last or long-term system, definitely take your time and weigh all options. Many of us will end up selling our systems for a huge loss and changing a lot sooner even when we didn't think we would.
Obviously, everyone thinks his current system is the "best". But it is really the best for "him", which might not be the best for "you". IOW, often times it is about the best "fit" for the individual room and person. There are many factors to consider - sound quality, bass, speaker measurements, aesthetic, size, wife acceptance, pride of ownership, resale value, and best fit for your specific room. Will this be your home for the next 20 years? Are you buying a new house with a 25' x 25' x 12' room in the next few years?
For example, your room is 12'W x 20'L x 8'H, 240 S.F., which isn't very big especially after you factor in sofas, table, TV, and other components. The room certainly does not need a lot of big and high efficiency speakers and subs to "fill" it. The "need" for your room is certainly different compared to a 25' x 25' x 12' room.
Do you want monitors + subs?
Do you want towers + subs?
Do you have room for 2 subs (because dual subs are better than 1 sub for smoother bass response)?
Do you want towers with built-in passive subs (that can be actively bi-amped) that can easily fill your smaller room size so you don't have to buy separate subs? Considering your room size, there may not be a whole lot of different "ideal" locations to place one subwoofer, much less two subwoofers.
Speaker measurements are important to many audiophiles. Are speaker measurements important to you? Speakers and Subs from RBH, Revel, KEF, PSB, Atlantic Technology, Funk, Ascend, Rythmik, Salk, Phil, NHT, SVS, HSU, PSA, usually have very good measurements.
Would it bother you a little bit if your friends and forum members bash certain brands of speakers you buy for the next 10 years? Would you buy those brands regardless of the bashing?
Of course, your wife or significant other is a big factor. Will she like having a big subwoofer? Will it bother her having some big box speakers that aren't exactly pretty to look at?
A lot to ponder.