Hello All. I'm currently looking to upgrade my main HT system that is the familys main TV and used for movies and TV (no music). I don't really know too much about all the new stuff that is out and thats because I try to stay away from it unless I'm actively looking otherwise I'd continually want to upgrade and my wife wouldn't be too happy.
I purchased my initial system about 8 years ago and its served me well but its a little on the low side, and I want something with fuller clearer sound. My current set up is:
Receiver : Onkyo TX-SR607
Front Channels: Polk Audio Monitor 50 x 2
Center Channel: Paradigm CC-270 v.3
Rears: Monitor 30 x 2
Sub: Paradigm PDR-8 v.3
The room these are placed in about 20x20, that is completely open on two sides due to an open floor plan
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| L TV R
We sit about 12 feet from the front deck, and about 4 feet from the rear deck. I realize that the front decks don't match but in my youth I didn't realize they needed to and thought that getting a really good center channel would make for really full crisp dialogue during movies. But its too big for my entertainment center and it sits on the floor in front of the TV.
The receiver was just upgraded a little over a year ago so I could go all HDMI (htpc, ps3, cable). And the system was tuned with the audassy mic. It sounds ok but not great.
I was thinking about upgrading the front deck only for now, and leaving the rears and subs for later. If possible/optimal I'd like to keep the center channel since I think its a good speaker, but if I would get better sound upgrading all 3 to match then i shall do it. My current budget is low. Only $1200-1600, so I'm not looking for anything even higher mid range but I'm hoping I can find something in that range that would be a good upgrade.
I don't care if the speakers are tower or bookshelf, but I have the space for towers. I recently went and listened to Martin Logan Motion 20s at the local best buy and thought they sounded great. I don't know if I am using the right terminology but they sounded "full" with lots of depth and clarity. But that was with a music demo and don't know how they work with movies. I thought they sounded MUCH better than the Definitive Technology - SuperTower 3-1/2" that I also demoed. But the Martin logans are the high end of my budget and don't leave room for the center deck.
The other option I was considering was getting the Bose setup which was $1400 that comes with the 5 passive cubes and sub with new reciever. But when i demoed them in the store they felt meh. Any help or suggestions that you guys could provide would be MUCH appreciated.