I keep reading reviews on high end speakers and how people compare them side-by-side using the same classical music, etc.
However, the fronts, center and rears. I am not that interested how speakers will image a classical band, but whether it will be able to play an action scene without blowing up. To me home theater speakers need to produce just enough imagining (for a movie) while having the power handling to take on some explosive scenes. For example, I know B&W are excellent speakers, but are they the best bang for my buck for playing loud (and clear) movies?
Based on reading this forum I have demoed the following
Paradigm Studio 60, 100, monitor 11
PSB Image T
Def tech 8040
Kef Q 700
Polk TSI 300
To me the B&W 684 sounded very open and felt had a wide soundstage, The focals also sounded good for the music when A/B against PSB. Paradigm Studio 60 also sounded great, did n't care for the rest.
But for movies all of them sounded kinda the same, so would a cheaper infinity primus p363 not be able to do the job for HT.
I also am reading that the center channel is the most important piece, but the B&W 600 series center gets mixed reviews, so does the focal 700 series, I don't know how the Paradigm or PSB center in their respective series fair.