Another one of those which ones should I buy questions...
I have a new Sony STR-DN1040 amp that I bought to use primarily as a HDMI hub and basic home theater manager. So far, pretty good, using a 2.0 setup with a couple of fairly low end speakers, Energy CB-10s, that I borrowed.
So now, against my earlier more frugal impulses, I want to get a higher end speaker setup, though still modest and economical by the standards of many. I want two front/bookshelf speakers and probably a center speaker, too, to get to 2.1. I'm willing to spend up to about $350-375 for a pair of bookshelf speakers and maybe $300 for a center speaker. Not sure if that's an appropriate allocation of speaker funds in terms of front vs. center. I'm open to advice.
The usage is mostly TV via cable box, Roku, DVD with some, but not a lot of music. The kids play video games with an XBox and such, but that's not a huge priority. They're fine with any setup that I'll come up with. The programming runs from sports to HBO type TV series and the like. We watch some movies, too. Not a lot of adventure, high noise level, rattle the house kinda stuff. That's not our thing. It's more art films, cable series, sports, and a good variety of other movies, from popular to foreign to all sorts of stuff. Just, as mentioned, not a lot of volume and bombast. Some, not a lot. Music tends toward jazz, classical, Latin, singer/songwriter stuff, some pop and rock, but again, not on the heavy metal, ear-splitting side of things.
It's worth pointing out that playing at high volume all the time isn't what I'm looking for, either. Quite the contrary. So speakers that sound good at moderate volume would be great. I want a natural, neutral, clear sound, nothing excessively bright. I don't need heavy bass, but I'd like a good balance from low to high.
The room is smallish. Maybe about 18x14 or so.
I'm looking at something like the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 and one of the center speakers in that series, the CC or CS. I've never heard them, though. But it's a thought and in the price range.
Any recommendations as to which speakers I might look at for this purpose? It's not that easy these days to walk into a store and hear all this stuff.
I'm in the US, btw.
Last edited by maigre; 07-11-2014 at 11:58 PM.