Given a choice which would you prefer - a Goldenear Triton 7 (5.1 system) or a pair of B&W CM10 Towers set up as a 2.0 system?
My living room measures 14 ft x 20 ft with an 8ft wide opening to the kitchen. The living room has a 14 ft high cathedral ceiling with skylights and an open stairway directly behind the sofa.
Usage would be about 50/50 music and movies.
I only have a couple dealers in my immediate area so my choice of brands are limited if I want to hear the speakers in my home prior to purchase.
I have not heard the B&W CM10's yet but I really like the crisp, clear sound of lyrics heard through B&W CM9's. The Triton 7's have a nice, smooth, easy voice (to my ears anyway).
I feel that the Triton 7 system is a better value for the money and I like that they are not powered which means I can place them anywhere, but I absolutely love the look and crisp sound of the B&W towers. (I have been trying to hear the PSB Imagine 2 towers but have not gotten a response from that dealer as to when I might come into his shop since it's appointment only).
I realize I am trying to compare apples and oranges which is what is making it hard to choose between the two brands. I would likely expand the B&W's to a larger system once I've recovered for the initial expense. Aside from price the only other downside to the B&W brand is that the center channel speaker is too large for my space, whereas the Triton has a smaller, narrow speaker that would fit in front of my TV on the cabinet. I would have to use a phantom center setting for the B&W towers.
Oh, the dealer is suggesting I buy an Anthem 310 receiver to drive the speakers, but I see that model is 80 watts and I am thinking I might need more power?
I am a novice when it comes to buying AV equipment so opinions would be appreciated. I am hoping to gather some opinions over the next few days prior to auditioning both brands in my home the evening of Jan 14.
Edited by mini-cooper-gir - 1/12/14 at 6:40am