B&W 685 or new Klipsch Reference 1, or...
New to the forum and of course I have questions. I have a modest HT setup. A 60" sharp LED, Yamaha RX-V675 receiver, and currently B&W 685s as front L/R, a Yamaha center that's about 9 years old, Paradigm Atom rears, and a new Klipsch 8" sub that I got cheap on clearance.
I've been fiddling with my system recently because I just haven't been in love. I do some gaming, casual TV watching (sports during football and basketball season) and stream movies and TV shows. I don't do as much music listening in this spot as I'd like to, mostly because I have a recording studio and like listening there better. I'd like to have something comparable in the media room.
The room is about 12x20 and the system is set up at one end along the long wall. I put up a cruddy picture to give you an idea of the set up.
I thought about going more minimalist so I tried the Sonos Playbar and that was OK, but not comparable to my current set up. Still, the B&Ws did seem to be filling in the sides in a satisfactory way. I know that wal mounting isn't ideal for any speaker, but it was an attempted compromise with the wife.
Last night I returned the Sonos and saw the brand new Klipsch Reference I series on display. Since it's completely impossible to demo anything in a Best Buy I decided to grab the R26 models and try them in place of the B&Ws. The results are definitely fuller, but I worry that I'm trading down and will be unhappy after the honeymoon period wears off.
I really wanted to get the R28s (8" woofers) but was afraid to try to stretch the budget that far (although I did buy the demo sub that put the cost up there anyway).
My question is this: Should I live with the 6.5" r26s for a bit, bite the bullet and go for the 8" speakers, or stick with the B&Ws and tweak my placement. I've noticed at times the B7Ws have strained themselves on louder HT stuff. But could be user error, I guess.
Another option is the Klipsch Icon series KF28, which are priced in a more comfortable range now that they're last year's model.