Originally Posted by Dark05
So I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on some GoldenEar speakers in the next couple weeks, but I've been going back and forth between the AONs and Tritons and could use some advice.
So I have ~$2k that I can spend on this first upgrade to my system. I do plan on eventually (It might take a year) replacing every component.
Currently I have 4xPolk Rti4 bookshelf speakers, a matching center, and a Velodyne VRP-12 subwoofer. Powered by a Onkyo 506.
Also, this is currently in a small 10x10 spare bedroom, and will eventually be in the living room of a small 1-bedroom apartment.
I probably use the system for 50% TV, 20% Games, 20% Music, and 10% Movies. Although with a better sounding speaker I suspect that music % will increase.
So here's my question. I could either get a pair of triton threes like I was planning and removing everything but the 2 back speakers (which I may also remove depending on how they keep up with the GoldenEars) and letting the stellar imaging of the Tritons keep the system running in stereo or as a phantom center.
Purchase a pair of Aon 2or3 AND a superSat 60c+stands for the same price. I'd keep the Velodyne for low end duty.
Other considerations are that since I have roommates I can only use a subwoofer 1/3 the time I'm listening to anything.
Pros: I actually really like the way the trapezoid looks and I've always enjoyed the commanding aesthetic of towers. Being able to get rid of the subwoofer would free up a decent amount of space in an otherwise small room.
Cons: Twice as expensive as a pair of Aons and I'm not sure if the 2 subs (as nice as they may be) are worth DOUBLE the price of the bookshelfs especially when I already have a decent sub that I can't even use all the time.
AONs + SuperSat:
Pros: I'd be able to replace all 3 front speakers and not just 2.
Cons: I'm not a big fan of the way they look. The Velodyne probably can't keep up with the detail of the AONs. I'm still not sold on the sound quality of the supersats (I've only heard the 50 not the 60 but was underwhelmed every time)
I can tell you that I'm leaning towards the Tritons because I really do like their aesthetic (weird, I know) and when I auditioned the Twos I honestly didn't miss the center speaker that much when we switched back and forth between 2 channel and 3 channel but I'm honestly not sure how it'll sound in my room. Neither of the 2 dealers near me offer in home trials.
Anyone with experience with the gamut of GoldenEar speakers, I'd greatly appreciate your advice. I'm getting ready to flip a coin.