So, assuming the price is about the same across the board, which of the following would you go for:
-Definitive Technology BP-8020ST
-Polk RTI A7
-Energy CF 70
Thanks for any help!
I'll start off by saying that speakers are very subjective pieces of equipment so I suggest that if at all possible, demo each of these.
Okay, that said, I have not heard very much positive regarding the Energy CF70s, in that they are said to be bright but I don't know from personal experience. So personally I would avoid them until I heard them. (Edited).
I actually own the RTi-a7s so I can speak specifically to them. I have heard some people call them bright in certain reviews and I have always scratched my head at this because I have never found that to be the case. For the price, the Polks are a decent speaker and I was able to get them at $600 for the pair so I'm very happy with them at that price. They are a good tower speaker (not great) but if you can get them at a reduced price then I think you will be happy.
But, The Def Techs are most likely the best option of the three and I would seriously consider these if I had the room for them. Remember though the Def Techs are a bipole design so they have front and rear firing speakers which mean they usually sound better when given room away from the wall, usually more room than required by normal towers. They also have a built in subwoofer and that means a lot of cords and wires coming out the the rear of the speakers.
All in all I think I would pass on the Energy and then compare the Polks and Def Techs realizing that they are very different designs. Ideally I would really want to hear all three and decide.
If you like Polks in general then you will most likely be happy with the RTi-a7s so if for some reason you can't convince yourself to go with the Def Techs or you decide you don't like them then I think the Polks are a good option. At a reduced rate I would jump on either of the speakers.
Have fun shopping around, its part of the fun.
Yeah when I said Energys I meant specifically the speakers he was referencing in the OP, the CF 70s in that I had heard they were bright (just as you mentioned). I wasn't referring to any other speakers by Energy.
I kept all my comments focused on the three specific models of speakers he mentioned because he said he could get them for a good discount and I assumed there was no reason to broaden the discussion. I guess I should have been more specific, didn't mean to make Energy owners feel like I was attacking their brand. I'm aware that the Energy makes good speakers and I certainly was not disparaging the entire brand (but judging from your post you thought I was). I was just trying to point out that I had not heard much positive about the CF 70s.
And as you can see I did start my post by pointing out that he should not listen to anyone, he should demo the brands for himself. So I apologize if you felt I took a cheap shot at your Energys, I'm sure they are very good.
Good point, I see that now so I have edited that post to identify the CF70 specifically, and I threw in a qualifier. That's what happens when you don't take time to explain the thoughts running through your head, my bad.