Originally Posted by Valtyr
It sounds like you've got Ascent on the mind. You should get some. I didn't realize those prices that I posted were each, sorry about that. I think an RX setup would be quite extraordinary and I don't think you'll find a better finish than the way Monitor Audio makes them. I can't even see where the veneer is on my speakers, sound quality is incredible, and like you... Looks were important to me, so I am very pleased.
I don't believe I saw them mentioned; however, did you look into Salk SongTowers? They're in your range and are supposedly phenomenal. I don't like the asymmetry of their unbalanced design though.
My research thus far pointed to the Ascends and Salks being fairly close in quality with the ascends possibly going a bit deeper. Also, the Ascend center seems like the better speaker. It's not that I'm set on the Ascends, but I do admit they have a lot of fervent support for them by their owners, they're pretty
My chief worries for them is that there doesn't appear to be a lot of professional reviews for them, and that they're not dynamic enough (more suited for music than HT). I couple posters thus far seem to have assuaged my fears on the latter point though, while simultaneously pointing out that Zu and Tekton may not be the best alternatives. I did read that there is a significant anti-Tekton bias on this site though, although I'm not sure that's just plain old placebo.
Originally Posted by losservatore
I guess that he wants more for the music experience and less for the movie experience.
Originally Posted by Reefdvr27
If you are looking for some of the best H/T speakers the, JTR 228's are one of the best dynamic speakers you are going to find. I was about aesthetics on my last speaker search and I was going with the Salk HT3's, but changed my mind and went with the JTR Noesis 212's, because they are the speakers that fit my needs. I actually think that the JTR's look great in a theater setting, I put sound before looks. You could also look at Klipsch. They are a very good H/T speaker and I think the Klipsch have a nice look to them. The RF7 II's were another speaker that were on my short list
The new speakers are definitely more for H/T than music. I hadn't considered some of the other options people are bringing up that are more "suited" for HT, but it seems they're predominantly way beyond what I'm willing to spend.
My buddy has a real hard-on for the rf-7's actually. My initial thoughts on them (or the previous 83s) are they are much too large for my current space. However, I could put them on the list: I also need to go listen to a good Klipsch speaker to find out if the horn is a sound I'd like. While I'm not overly picky, I have read enough posts on here to know that many people just find it far too bright and fatiguing.