Originally Posted by _Kram
Are there any clear lines in regards to price and quality that I should be aware of? Could I get a really nice setup (compared to your suggestions) for 500-1000 more? Or will I have to throw down a lot more to get the next bump in a good audio experience?
There are thousands of speakers - all with their own sound and claims to greatness. I would say that you should just listen to as many as you can and decide what you like.
Like most things, there are diminishing returns on spending a lot more money. Many high end speakers are super expensive just to remain exclusive. I try to decide for myself what speakers and brands actually spend the money they charge on world class engineering and expensive materials and not just marketing, advertising, and company profits.
There are some general types and "sound" of speakers - but even these are subjective - figure out what kind of sound you like and listen to speakers with that type of "sound"
- high efficiency, horn loaded drivers (Klipsch, JBL, JTR)
- slightly bright, lively (Paradigm, Polk, Focal)
- slightly warm, neutral (NHT, B&W, KEF)
- warm (Mordaunt-Short?, Sonus Faber?, Dynaudio?) never heard these so these are just what I've heard about
- planar (Martin Logan, Magnepan)