Originally Posted by bull3964
Budget isn't quite set (though for reference I was looking at the Mod2 PLUS system with the uber 10), so I'm not too shy of dropping between 2-3 grand on a system if it's worth it.
My issue is, I have a corner TV so there's very little room on either side of the screen for large speakers (otherwise I would get towers). I've had this set for about 12 years now and I'm thinking it's about time to step up to something better. I'm not in extreme hurry to buy, so I'm weighing all my options.
I just don't want to drop a few grand on something that isn't a standout improvement. I'd be using these with a Denon 2310ci.
If you love two-channel audio, I think it is hard to get away from proper large speakers in the front. I moved my B&W speakers to a separate room to listen to two-channel audio. The TV room has a surround system that is not so critical for two-channel sound (when we play music there, it typically plays on the front channels, and on the "B" speakers in the bedroom).
Another option are the little round speakers from Anthony Gallo. http://www.roundsound.com/
I think the consensus is that Orbs may be better bang for the buck, but Gallo has choice of several models and may sound slightly better - some of their models have a lower bass extension than the orbs (not trying to start a war here, so please just ignore...
Personally I have Orbs (Mod2 front and Mod1 rear) in 6.1 configuration, with a Pioneer VSX-1122-K amp and a Hsu VTF-2 MK4 subwoofer. When I bought the speakers, things sounded 'muddled', most likely due to having a very large living room open to kitchen, hallway and dining room, completely tiled with few soft surfaces. With movies, I had a hard time understanding the dialogue. This was with my older Yamaha amp (RXV750). I upgraded to the Pioneer to get HDMI, and after running the auto calibration the sound was far improved, to the point where I actually like it enough. Given my room, I don't think it will ever be perfect, and it is probably not worth investing in speaker upgrades to make small gains in sound quality (although some rugs might help). The Hsu sub is fantastic, and given the limitations of all small surround speakers I think it is better to get a great sub, it will contribute a lot to the overall sound.