Thanks for anyone taking the time to read my post here.
I'm close to being done "finishing" my basement and will be setting up living room/entertainment type room for watching movies, listening to music, and just hanging out in general. It's not necessarily a dedicated "home theater." I'm not looking to break my bank account here, but I want the best setup I can get for the money I spend. I plan on running a 5.2 setup with dual subs from SVS. I havent decided on which subs yet (leaning toward dual PC12-NSD) but they will be dual SVS for sure, that much I've decided on. As far as the speakers, I actually had decided to give the BIC Acoustech line a try. Ordered the PL-89s, PL-28 and PL-66s. Received them in the mail a few days ago, and honestly was fairly disappointed. I just didn't like the sound that was coming out, particularly from the tweeter. It seems overpowering and at the same time, lacks the clarity and "airiness" if that's a word. They seemed like they might be pretty good for TV and movies, as the vocals and everything was coming through loud and clear. But for music, I just didn't like the blaring vocals, which seemed too loud and lacking that delicate touch. I know that giving the speakers break-in time and adjusting EQ settings, etc would probably have provided me with some improvement, but after a few hard days of deliberation, I decided these just weren't the speakers I was looking for. I'm no audiophile, but out of all the speakers I've had, these probably sound the worst to me right out of the box, even compared to cheaper speakers I've had. I will see if I can return them or even possibly resell them, and I'm ready to try again!
Basically, I'm not too worried about a low end, because the dual SVS subs will more than handle that area. I really want the best mids and clear airy (but not overpowering) highs I can get for my modest budget. For my main fronts I don't want to spend much over $500 and I'd say my limit would be $1000, and then ideally a matching center and surrounds as well. I'm also fairly selective about asthetics, and which ever speakers I choose are going to dictate how I will decorate the rest of the room (wall colors, furniture, carpet, etc). I've been looking into the Fluance XL series, dark walnut color to be exact. I know these are not the best speakers but for the price they seem like they might be hard to beat. They've got some pretty good professional reviews and as far as looks I think they're gorgeous. But I'm open to suggestions for some of the best speakers in my price range? I should also mention my room in 12 x 26 with a fairly low ceiling, and my usage will be about 50/50 music and movies. As far as an AVR, I plan on picking up a 7.2... like possibly the Onkyo TX-NR626.
For anyone who read all of that, thanks for your time and any input is appreciated!