Current PSB Alpha User Seeks Upgrade Suggestions
This is my first post. I familiarized myself with AVS while researching which integrated amp to get to replace my trusty old NAD 701 receiver, which finally bought the farm the other day. I went with the NAD D 3020 because I've developed an affinity for the brand, read a lot of raves about the amp, and the feature set (bluetooth streaming, in particular) really appeals to me. I don't expect a major sound quality improvement, but hopefully the D 3020 will suit my needs for some years to come.
My dad, who is something of an audiophile with some nice McIntosh and Carver stuff, kindly gifted me the NAD receiver, a companion CD player, and a pair of PSB Alphas back in 1995. The setup was a huge improvement over the all-frills Sony receiver and Bose Roommate speakers I'd been using. I've never been inclined to go deep into high end stuff, though; I'm a musician and I prefer to spend more of my money on instruments and recording gear.
That said, having thought more about hi-fi the past several days and seeing what's on the market, I'm tempted to invest in a new pair of speakers that might take my listening experience up a notch. My system resides in a living room measuring about 20' by 15'. It's not a closed space--it opens wide to a kitchen/dining area about the same size. Right now I'm thinking I'd like a pair of towers to get a bit more low end and add charm to the room's decor. I'm not really interested in really hyped up bass, so subwoofers don't appeal much to me, nor does an elaborate surround setup even though I do run my TV through the stereo. I like simplicity.
I'm not married to the idea of towers, though--if I decide getting another pair of bookshelves (or even sticking with what I have) is most practical, I'll go that route. The PSBs put out plenty of volume, and the 3020 isn't dripping with power, so I'm not looking for something gargantuan that will put out a clean 120 dB. What I'm really looking for first and foremost is to take the sound quality of my system to the next level up. I listen mostly to rock music, from classic stuff like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to some indie and punk/postpunk. I listen to a fair amount of hip hop, too, but again--I don't crave hyped up bass. I also enjoy a bit of classical and jazz. I like warm, smooth tone with good detail and presence, but no piercing highs.
I saw that Crutchfield is selling PSB Image T5s for $600 a pair, which seems like a pretty great deal on a speaker that might fit the bill, though I haven't seen an overabundance of love for that particular model. I could wind up spending a bit more than that, but naturally I don't want to spend money just to spend it.
Anyway, enough rambling. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Cheers!