I'm putting together my audio setup for my hdtv and music listening (time about 50/50 split on each) and wanted to hear people's opinions about which is a better speaker the Focal 816s or the Axiom M60 tower. I can purchase each pair for about the same, so price shouldn't make much difference.
Currently I am planning to attach the speakers to a Denon 2807 (maybe but not likely a 3806). The TV is a 62" Toshiba DLP.
My room is about 300 sq ft (with one of the corners cut out for a balcony - full walls around the balcony - see drawing attached below).
1. Does the center channel really need to be the same brand as the towers? Does this make a big difference or can I mix and match?
2. Also I am considering the Rocket RS450. What are people's thoughts on this brand and speaker, and also are there other speakers I should be looking at that are not on my short list?
3. I've heard that what the Focal speakers lack on the low end they more than make up for in the mid and high range sound. I'm planning on adding a sub (TBD) to this system as well and wanted to know if that would cover my low frequencies or if I should be concerned about this weakness in the speakers.
Any opinions and advice are greatly appreciated,