I posted a general thread on this earlier today, hope it's ok to bring similar questions to the experts. I'm looking for some feedback on the following speaker setups with MSRP around $6k. Sub will be added separately from the usual suspects (HSU, Rythmic, SVS, etc). Room is 20x16' with high ceilings. Usage is probably 80% TV/movies and 20% music, but ability to do 2ch audio is important. Currently have Denon 3312 receiver; not opposed to adding a 3ch amp for the front speakers if necessary.
I likely will not be able to audition the Monitor Golds as my only local dealer only has the Silver line. I should be able to audition the KEFs, assuming the only local dealer finally returns my phone messages.
1. Klipsch RF-7 II towers, RC-64 II center, RS-62 II (or bookshelf) surrounds - Only setup I have been able to audition so far.
2. KEF R500 towers, R600c center, R800ds (or R100) surrounds
While my preference is for towers, I wonder if replacing the front R500 towers with R300 bookshelves would be a noticeable downgrade when I'll have 1 or 2 subs from the list above?
3. Monitor audio Gold GX100 bookshelves, GX150C center, GXFX (or GX50) surrounds
The Gold towers are definitely outside of my budget, but with the subs again I'm wondering if not having the towers up front might allow me to get a higher-end bookshelf speaker that would lead to a better overall system. Unfortunately the GX350C center is too tall for my setup.
4. Ascend Sierra 1 towers + RAAL upgrade, Horizon tower center + RAAL upgrade (custom to allow for shorter height) and Sierra 1 surrounds.
Of course I expect to get a bias towards to Monitors in this thread, but hopefully some of you may have weighed similar decisions. Thanks, Mike