Just upgraded recently from my 5 year-old Onkyo HT-510 speakers to the Athena's from audioadvisor. I ended up choosing the LS-500 package without the subwoofer. My current configuration is:
2x LS-500 Tower Speakers
1x LS-C100 Center
2x LS-100B Bookshelf Speakers
1X Onkyo Center Speaker (for rear center)
1X Onkyo Subwoofer
Onkyo HT-R510 6.1 receiver
Xbox 360 Elite
Dish Network (soon to be ComcastHD)
Samsung LN26A450 (for future bedroom)
My sources vary a lot; I run a pretty even mix between tv, movies, music, and gaming. So far I am very pleased with the Athenas. I'm no expert, but these are by far the best speakers I have ever owned. So I may be an audio-noob by the standards here, but I picked the Athenas based on info found on avsforum. I'm not someone with 5k+ to spend on home theater though either. They seem like a great choice for someone within my budget range.
Still using the old Onkyo HT-R510 receiver and the Onkyo sub though. I plan on upgrading the receiver to something with good HDMI pass-through(probably a newer onkyo), another set of LS-100's for 7.1 rears(hopefully before they are all gone), and a much better sub. For now it's great just to finally have some real speakers.
They are really putting my source material to the test, as now I actually notice imperfections that I never knew were there, along with some great instruments/sounds that I never noticed before either. Overall the range of frequency is so much improved from my previous setup, I can't help but be impressed by what I hear from the Athena LS series. So other than hearing some things too good
, most everything just sounds spectacular, not to mention the speakers look very nice with the rest of my setup.
Audioadvisor.com has made me one happy customer!
Here's a pic of everything in front without the covers on: