Originally Posted by Teremei
not for me, my equipments gives me really satisfying sound for my room. The only thing I felt was lacking was the directionality of some of the surround, so I hope that fixes that....
I don't know how long you've been in this hobby but I was where you were at when I first started. I auditioned speakers for months in my price range, and even then I needed to up the budget for my very nice Synergy sound system (this is when they were still only sold in "high dollar" stores). I told the sales guy at Tweeter who knew I had been checking places all over town that "these will be the last speakers I own."
What I didn't know is how much I would get into it...After I ran into some money I decided to "upgrade" to the reference RF-3s/RC-3s and admit they were a nice step up. Then I noticed that my sub wasn't up to par and I started shopping for a nicer one....at that time ULTE came into town and started carrying the Reference line and I pitted them against Tweeter where I had previously bought my speakers...All of a sudden ULTE started playing Hardball and wanted to steal my business away from their competition so I ended up wheeling-n-dealing which is in my nature and I pressured an outstanding deal on 5 of the speakers and 2 subs that I have today...Meanwhile, I learned how awesome the RB-75s were and I stalked various stores complaining that I wish they had them in stock and once they did, I would purchase them at a fair price...Over the next year I purchased 2 pairs and that was over a decade ago....
For approximately 2 years after that I auditioned other brands of speakers thinking if I found something that was an "upgrade" at a better price I would consider those--Couldn't find any but enjoyed hearing some nice systems and talking to the various sales people as I learned more about Home Theater...Also as the Klipsch THX line came out, and then the RF-83s, which I auditioned at several locations came to the conclusion that none of these were better sounding than what I had and if prices/availability in the used market is an indication others felt the same way. Then Klipsch reintroduced the RF-7s in a "Classic" version which also gave me good piece of mind and of course now they have the RF-7II that I'm still not convinced is an "upgrade," but admittedly have never heard a pair.
All of this being said, I would stay in budget because as others have mentioned it can get expensive. I have seen numerous people excited about owning speakers at various price points and in the past (not really knowing the current market and internet pricing of other companies) Klipsch was always a good bang-for-your-buck. I would also say given the price of NIB upperend Klipsch , the best deals on those are still going to be in the local used market...IOW, if you had a choice of buying used RF-7s for the same price as newer RF-82IIs I would opt for the former, but of course YMMV.