Originally Posted by optionyout
I have the Haydns and Maestro center and am looking for rears that don't break the bank. How about some input on budget rear surround speakers that go well with this setup.
I hope the following helps you because I am extremely pleased with my Viennas and am glad to see you join the club.
One of the most helpful comments I can provide to you is to suggest you define "budget". Define budget in $ terms, speaker type (probably in your case bookshelf), etc. People will be able to provide you with better input if you are more specific.
And then another suggestion would be to keep in mind that everyone is just offering you their opinion. Speaker selection, as I found out from my experience, is extremely
subjective. Thus, you are the final decision maker in what to purchase.
Now, I would like to provide you with 3 suggestions.
The first suggestion is that I would stick with the same manufacturer. Again, this is opinion because many folks will say that the selection of surround speakers is not so critical. But based upon my ears I prefer to select surrounds from 1) the same manufacturer; and, 2) the same product line. So,
my first choice would be to purchase another pair of Haydns. If price is an issue then maybe used or demos. If price is still an issue find a way to convince yourself that it is worth it.
My second suggestion would be to trade in the Maestro and replace it with the Theatro. I am kind of a nerd so I put in a lot of time and effort into my speaker selection. And I have the Maestro and I think that it is a great center channel. But, also in my opinion, within the Vienna Acoustics Grand line certain speakers are more complentary than others. For example the Maestro is more complementary to the Mozarts and up within the Grand line. The Theatro is more complimentary to the Bach and Haydns. Again, my opnion. So if you are lucky enough to be in a situation where you can return the Maestro I would. The Theatro is about $500 cheaper. If you could return it then I would reinvest the savings into purchasing another pair of Haydns. Not only would you still have a good quality center channel but you would also have a more solid, integrated, complementary five-speaker system setup.
If that is not possible here is my 3rd suggestion. Consider the moderately priced product lines of 1) Monitor Audio and 2) NHT. I have friends that like my Vienna's quite a bit but they are not interested in shelling out the cash required. We have done some legwork on alternatives and it seems the Monitor Audio line of speakers is a decent alternate at a lower price point. Look at the Silver Series. Regarding NHT, I had use of an NHT center channel prior to purchasing my Maestro. I thought it was a decent product and at around 25% of the cost of the Maestro. (I am just as hesitant to shell out $ as the next guy).
But I wanted better quality so I moved up to the Theatro and then eventually to the Maestro. Lost sleep for 2 days prior to pulling the plug and handing over the $ but I have no regrets. My floorstanders are Mozarts and I concluded that this was a better combination with the Maestro. If you have a chance compare the Theatro with the Maestro by pulling of the grills and then compare the construction and drivers to the Haydn with the grills off. This is just one area where you will see that the Theatro is a better match for the Haydns.
Hope this helps and best of luck in your research.