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But I'm looking for a system built on fronts in the $300-$500 range (each).
[*]Polk RTiA -
[*]Polk Signature Series -
Do they sound muffeled like I felt the Martin Logans did?
Room = dedicated basement theater - 15x27
Atmos 7.2.4 setup
Probably run off a Yamaha 3070 with an external amp
You are the first person on AVS to say Martin Logan's, (I assume their Motion series), sounds muffled.
Owning a pair of LX16s I can tell you that is hardly an on point statement at all; not even close.
Which essentially just makes the decision that much easier as it is clear that the Klipsch RP series is what you should look at as ALL the other speakers are not as detailed in presentation as Martin Logans and the Klipsch RP are a huge step above the "R" line that is their entry level speaker line.
Klipsch RPs have been very well received by the pro press and AVS members with only a handful saying they were too bright for their taste but IIRC that was for music.
Easy to power, easy to return at Best Buy if not happy.
RP160s are on sale at the moment for $440/pair and the RP250c center is on sale for $296 as well though curiously Best Buy only has the Cherry one at that price but as Crutchfield has the black on at that price Best Buy will price match.
So that works out to an average of just $245 per speaker, ($736), leaving you the option of stepping up to to the RP250 towers for left and right or, likely a better move, is more money for a better subwoofer.
You do not want to buy a Klipsch sub; consider one (or two) of these instead.
PORTED SUBWOOFERS $600 AND BELOW, DELIVERED
Specs are from the manufacturer unless noted otherwise.
150watts =11w18h13d= 18 lbs 8" [28hz] $199 EMOTIVA BASX S8
200watts =14w16h16d= 34 lbs 10" [27hz] $299 EMOTIVA BASX S10
300watts =17w18h18d= 49 lbs 12" [22hz] $399 EMOTIVA BASX S12, (extension from Brent Butterworth measurement)
350watts =15w16h17d= 40 lbs 10" [30hz] $399 RSL SPEEDWOOFER 10S, (extension from Sound & Vision review)
250watts =15w19h17d= 42 lbs 10" [22hz] $433 HSU VTF 1 MK3
200 watts =16w19h17d= 52 lbs 12" [22hz] $439 HTD LEVEL THREE
300watts =15w19h20d= 46 lbs 10" [18hz] $499 SVS PB1000, (extension from Sound & Vision Review)
500watts =15w19h20d= 72 lbs 10" [20hz] $500 MONOPRICE MONOLITH THX 10" (coming soon)
300watts =16w22h21d= 69 lbs* 12" [19hz] $549 RHYTHMIK LV12R
350watts =15w21h22d= 62 lbs 12" [18hz] $604 HSU VTF2 MK5, (verified by Audioholics review)
* = shipping weight
SEALED SUBWOOFERS $650 AND BELOW, DELIVERED
300watts =18w15h15d= 50 lbs 10" [27hz] $189 JBL STUDIO 550 (short term promo price Amazon)
300watts =13w14h16d= 27 lbs 12" [23hz] $499 SVS SB1000, (extension from Sound & Vision)
300watts =14w14h16d= 58 lbs* 12" [18hz] $539 RHYTHMIK L12
500watts =14w15h17d= 35 lbs 12" [19hz] $649 SVS SB2000 outlet, (extension from Sound & Vision)
* = shipping weight