Originally Posted by mgrotel
I have a theater room that is sometimes used for music listening as well. Currently my front stage is the Pioneer C21 center and FS51 floorstanders. They are the first version of the Andrew Jones series speakers. Dual RW12 subs, and the 4 surround speakers are Mirage speakers hanging from the ceiling. I am looking for a little more efficiency when listening so music, my receiver gets really hot very quick at loud levels. Since I have the Klipsch subs, I thought it would look nice, since Klipsch speakers are more efficient, if I matched with orange woofers on the speakers as well. I would get the floor standers and matching center as well. What do you think? Good or bad idea? If good, the 26s or 28s? If bad, other suggestions? Thanks.
The Klipsch R28 etc. are very poor for the money in my experience.
They are efficient, but that is the only good thing I have heard about them.
If you want some excellent more efficient speakers that will really sound a LOT better, look at a pair of PSB Image T6 speakers with a matching Image C4 center speaker. Around $1600.
I drove them with a 40-watt integrated amplifier when I had them and never ran out of power.
Or if that is more than you want to spend, another great set would be the Wharfedale 10.4 speakers with the 10CC center speaker (around $1100).
They are both more sensitive than your Pioneer speakers, which have unusually low sensitivity. That is their one major problem, as you have discovered (they claim 87 db/watt, but in reality it is more like 85 db/watt, which is poor).
What receiver are you using?
By the way, you really have your TV and center speaker awfully low.
I suggest that you look at the Tech-Craft HBL60 stand, which will give you much more equipment room and get that center speaker up quite a bit.
Amazon sells it for $199, and detailed specs are available at the Tech-Craft website.