So, first post yadda yadda. I've been lurking on here for quite a while and finally decided to make an account because I need help picking out a set of tower speakers for my HT setup.
Here's what I've got going on currently:
Onkyo TX-NR809 Tuner (135WPCx7) - Driving the rears, preouts for fronts
ADCOM GFA-555 Amplifier (Stereo 200W/8ohm, 325W/4ohm) - Driving the fronts
Vizio E60L1-A3 (60-incher, fed by the Onkyo)
Klipsch Reference RW-12D (12" sub, 340W RMS)
B&W SCM-8 (Dipole Surrounds, 4ohm 50-200W)
Martin Logan CLSIIa (Current Front Towers)
Now I love my Martin Logans, don't get me wrong, but they were made in 1992 and sat unused in my father's humid attic from 1995-2010 before he gave them to me. I love how beautiful they are and they sound amazing at sub-thx reference levels. When I got them, they barely output any sound and I've spent time and effort cleaning them and trying to "re humidify" the panels themselves to get the mylar back to running condition again.
Long story short, they work and they sound good until I want to watch an action movie and crank it up. Steaming them has helped a lot but I don't think it's going to fix 15 years of attic neglect. They need to be repaneled which is going to cost anywhere between $800-$2000.
With that said, I'm currently in the market for a new set of towers. I've done enough research on the CLSII to know that their shortcoming is their lack of midbass, so even if I do get them repaneled, I'm going to sell myself short of a full system or have to fiddle forever with crossovers on my sub and wall placement to try and fill that midbass hole that neither the sub nor the Logans can cover.
I'm looking at spending that cost to repanel them ($800-$2000) on a set of tower speakers and here's what I'm looking at currently:
Polk RTI-A9 (Can pick these babies online for about $1400 shipped easily) - Would definitely cover my midbass but I know I'd be losing fidelity
Klipsch RF-82II (can pick these up for around $1200 shipped easily) - Would cover the midbass but I've read they are straining to listen to
Martin Logan Aeon (I've got a guy on craigslist offering a mint pair for $1100, looking at them this weekend)
Bose 901 (Shouldn't be on this list, laughed at by audio purists but I can easily pick up a pair for $1300. I've been told they were worth listening to)
Overall, I want something that can do both worlds, IE 50/50 HT and music well. I'd say that I probably want the balance shifted a bit towards music, which is why I went with the RW-12D as my last pick. From what I understand, the Aeons should be able to handle this pretty well since they use a traditional driver from 43Hz-450Hz, leaving the electrostatic element to pick up on vocals and instruments.
What do you guys think?