Originally Posted by Boybees
Funkmonkey, I would be wary of stretching your budget to invest in $5K speakers if you don’t also have the cheddar to supply a commensurate source and amplification. One of the reasons I’m enjoying my system so much right now is that everything is in balance. One component is not clearly superior and thus demanding upgrades of the others.
If you get the HT3s, you will then be disappointed if you have anything other than top-flight electronics.
This is a very good point. I agree.
Originally Posted by funkmonkey
Don't worry too much about that, the only way I could actually afford something in that range would be to get it used, or find a killer deal on something new... Over the last couple of days I have been thinking realistically and I really shouldn't spend more than $3k on my fronts, though after hearing a couple of options that are in the $5k range... lets just say that they actually have the sound i am looking for. I have also been wondering if I could get that same sound by only spending $2k on the fronts, and another $1k-ish on a sub... make sure to let us know what you hear this weekend, if you get the chance.
If you raise your budget by more than 50% of what you intended, you'll be officially diseased (like me). You don't want that now, do you?
Based on what Boybees said, which is great advice, what are your electronics up front? If you don't have the power and means to give the 5K speakers what they deserve, I'd take a pass on them and stick to your budget of $2000. My budget was originally $2000 as well, but it changed. Now that I look back, I wish it hadn't. $3000 for fronts is a lot of Doh, at least for me. It almost hurts to spend that much (I know it sure hurts my wife, someone who doesn't share my passion). But hey, it's your money. Nonetheless, here's my take (like it or hate it):
If your front end is in real good shape, don't worry about stretching the budget, especially if the speakers in the 5K are the only
ones that "do it" for you. However, if your front could, or soon will need an overhaul, stick to the budget. It sounds like the Song Tower's and/or Totem's "do it" for you, so why torture yourself more? Pair either of those speakers with a capable sub and you will be in audio bliss!
If you can't get passed the 5K category, ask yourself if those speakers are truly that
much better. After all, they do cost double (give or take) the price of the Salk's and Totem's. Does their performance increase merit the cost increase of double (give or take) the price?
This is a VERY tough decision (I should know...I'm still buying and selling, buying and selling, etc...), but you'll get there. I just hope its sooner for you than it has been for me (years).
Just something to chew on...