I will hopefully be a psb owner soon, but I first have to decide which route to go. Initially I was set on getting the alpha studio system (Alpha b1s, c1, lr1 & 5i), since it seemed perfectly suited to my situation: one bedroom apt., not too big, but then I noticed a couple of things.
I just moved into this new place and my setup has somewhat changed in that my speakers (currently running an Onkyo htib) have to be placed very close to the walls (within 10 inches), my center speaker actually has to be placed within a bookshelf and I was getting boomy bass - the narrator on Arrested Development sounded like he had the voice of God. I noticed that the speakers I have now are rear ported so I plugged up the ports with some eggcrate foam and it helped quite a bit, but there still is some boom. Now I noticed that the Alphas I planned to get are rear ported as well, and I don't want to run into the same problems.
So I researched it a bit and it seems that front ports could really do the trick in this situation and so I was thinking about moving up to the Image line. The extra cost would limit my current investment a little bit though. I would love to get t45s, c40, b15s and a 5i (I think the 5i would be good enough since the place is smaller and I'm not really a basshead), but there isn't enough room for the t45s so I was thinking about getting the b15s as mains and the c40 as center. I would keep the same surrounds as I have now since I really do need the surrounds to be more sats than monitors and another pair of b15s would be too big where I have my surrounds currently placed, and I was thinking about keeping the sub from my current system (believe it or not, for a HTIB sub it doesn't sound half bad). I would then upgrade my receiver to a Marantz 7002 for future compatibility with a Blu-ray player when that finally happens.
When I finally move into a bigger place in a couple of years is when I would hopefully get t45s for mains, run the b15s to the rears and upgrade my sub if I haven't already. I think it sounds like a pretty decent plan I made for myself, but I can't really find any information on b15s used as mains. I know the Alpha b1s got glowing reviews, which is what attracted me to them in the first place, but all the reviews I look up have b15s as surrounds and they really don't get too in depth with the b15s performance. I'm currently trying to set up a demo where I could compare the two, but that's proving a little difficult to get together right now.
I don't know how much anyone can help me with this, but has anyone ever compared b15s with Alpha b1s? Or if you do have Alphas, do they get particularly boomy when placed within 10 inches of the walls (same for c1)? Is the image line a big step up from the alpha? Is the alpha line enough of a step up from an Onkyo ht-s760 to warrant a purchase or should I just shoot straight up to the image to get a noticable jump in sound quality? Will the front ported speakers instead of the rear ported ones truly help out my situation?
Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.