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Which speaker upgrade with $8000-9000 budget?

Hi everyone! Firstly, thank you to anyone participating in this thread. I am currently a Definitive Technology Mythos owner. I have ST towers up front with a mythos 10 center and gem XL rears. I have a SVS PB 12 Plus subwoofer. My processor is a Integra DHC 80.2 with a Sunfire TGA-7401 amplifier for power at 400 w/ch. my sources are Oppo bdp-103, Apple TV gen 3, Xbox 360, PS3 and cable box. My room is approx 16 ft from Front right, center and left. It's a 9 ft ceiling with one side completely open to the remaining great room. I need not fill the entire main floor. My room is not treated, other than curtains and a rug. I listen 50/50 movies/music. I listen to all types of music and watch all kinds of movies.

I recently helped a friend install a pair of B&W 802's in his home theater. The sound of these were quite inspiring which got me thinking that maybe I too need an upgrade. I've had my system for almost 3 years. I feel like sometimes the midrange lacks. I've also read that the Mythos ST towers are more like bookshelf speakers mounted on powered woofers. I can't afford 802d's but did find a decent deal on used B&W 802N's with HTM1 center ans SCM1 surrounds for just under $9000. Also just finished reading some good press on the Golden Ear Triton One's. Would one be superior to the other? Ideally I would look to install a 5.1 system and I don't plan to upgrade my subwoofer. So which setup would yield a significant upgrade result?

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Room treatment will yield the most significant upgrade in sound for the least cost.
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Room treatment will yield the most significant upgrade in sound for the least cost.
Absolutely.

But the Triton Ones are still very special. And just as likely sure overkill considering his current equipment.
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You seem to have a generous amount of money to spend on speakers. The question is, do you have the time and patience to go out and audition a variety of speakers in that price range and below? If you do, then I suggest that you setup appointments with some of the audio stores in your area, say, within 100 mile radius, and begin your journey (it's never a race). Listen to a variety of speakers within your price range, including the Triton. There are a lot of high quality speakers to choose from, and who knows, perhaps it won't cost you 8 or 9 grand.
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The GE Tritons are very similar to what you have-so more of a lateral move.

If you want an increase in mi-bass/mid range I would try something like Reaction Audio's CX-15 towers or PSA's new line of high output speakers. Both offer in home trials with free shipping (at least one way, maybe both- not sure)

Or with your budget you could try some JTRs, maybe Seaton Catalyst (not sure on the price).

Maybe go demo the JBL Sythesis line if there is a dealer nearby.

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Always do an audition when spending that much! Also, room treatments are needed only if the room has issues such as hard floors, etc. I have BW Nautilis 803s, 804s, and... An HTM1, all powered by Krell mono blocks. My wife and I brought home at least 5 different sets of speakers and none sounded similar to each other. We selected the B&Ws because they were the most neutral and had far superior imaging off center (waayyy off center since we listen from a bar in a connected room). It took 5 years but it sounds like a live band with the right source! But.... The room has carpeting and 25 foot ceiling with walls covered in tung/groove rough cedar so no echos which is why we don't need room treatments. All speakers we tried could not image well except the BWs. Now for the imperfection... As good as the HTM1 is I feel something is missing... Dialogs are dead on great but I wish the sound was "spead out" more for plain old Dolby, most TV Shows are not 5.1 so almost all sound comes from the center and I don't want to process the dialog since it would sound fake. So.... Next time I upgrade the BWs I want a center that will spread dialog across more space when it's the only speaker sounding. BW does have newer models but they look the same as the HTM1. I could go on and on since this took 5 years (and a lot of $$$), I hope this helps a little.

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You say you have wood walls so no treatments are needed? You're kidding aren't you?

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What are you running for subs? and are you also looking to upgrade those too?
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For subs, I have a 300 watt powered sub in each tower. I also have a SVS PB 12 Plus outboard sub with the newer 800 watt sledge amp.

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For subs, I have a 300 watt powered sub in each tower. I also have a SVS PB 12 Plus outboard sub with the newer 800 watt sledge amp.

Scott, if that's the case I would recommend that you spend $1000-$2000 also upgrading your subs. That alone can make a huge improvement for both music and movies.
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