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I'm not one to normally ask for help, but I need help with speakers. Let me start by saying I am deaf in my right ear. It's not a handicap, because I can actually hear what is in front of me, both left and right. I can discern mono from stereo. Surround sound is of no use to me as what is behind me would mess up whats in front of me. I currently have a 2.1 system with my tv. My 15 year old Polks are not very good any more. I am willing to spend between $1000 and $2000 for new speakers. I won't replace my subwoofer, because it does a decent job. I feel it more than I hear it. If you are partially deaf, you will understand. What I am looking for is either floor standing, or bookshelf speakers. Picture yourself with one ear not working, and choose what would sound better. Am I better off with bookshelf that would provide better mid and highs and subwoofer to handle the lows, or tower speakers that don't need a sub woofer, or ones that do? If I get bookshelf speakers, they will be put on a stand. I can easily discern between PCM and bitstream, and I do prefer bitstream as bitstream is much better and more crisp. There are a lot of holiday specials going on, and now is the time for me to upgrade. Thanks again.
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I'm not one to normally ask for help, but I need help with speakers. Let me start by saying I am deaf in my right ear. It's not a handicap, because I can actually hear what is in front of me, both left and right. I can discern mono from stereo. Surround sound is of no use to me as what is behind me would mess up whats in front of me. I currently have a 2.1 system with my tv. My 15 year old Polks are not very good any more. I am willing to spend between $1000 and $2000 for new speakers. I won't replace my subwoofer, because it does a decent job. I feel it more than I hear it. If you are partially deaf, you will understand. What I am looking for is either floor standing, or bookshelf speakers. Picture yourself with one ear not working, and choose what would sound better. Am I better off with bookshelf that would provide better mid and highs and subwoofer to handle the lows, or tower speakers that don't need a sub woofer, or ones that do? If I get bookshelf speakers, they will be put on a stand. I can easily discern between PCM and bitstream, and I do prefer bitstream as bitstream is much better and more crisp. There are a lot of holiday specials going on, and now is the time for me to upgrade. Thanks again.
Kef is having a huge sale on their Q series lineup. I think a pair of Q500 and Q200c would be a huge upgrade over the Polks.


https://www.kefdirect.com/speakers/h.../q-series.html

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If you don't plan to use only your mains for two-channel listening, get a pair of bookshelf speakers and let your sub handle content below ~80Hz. I'll suggest the well-rated HSU HB-1 MK2, currently on sale for $139 + $27 shipping = $166 per speaker.
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Thanks for the help. I will check them all out.
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I was born into a family where my father and brother both were born deaf in their right ears. Somehow this genetic trait missed me. I have had many discussions with both over this same subject and have seen how sound effects each over the years.

Both my father and brother say the same thing as the OP. They can both tell the difference in quality of music and both state surround sound is wasted on them. Due to this, both of them have settled on 2.0 music systems and watch watch TV and movies with sound coming out 2-channel.

Although I am not hearing challenged, growing up in a family where 2 of 4 members were, I have had lots of experience in the matter especially since my entire family loves music. We all play piano, drums or guitar and we all would rather listen to music instead of watching TV.

My brother, who loves to listen to music almost as much as myself, went with bookshelf speakers mostly due to space constraints. What he found most helpful were the bright sounding speakers with metal tweeters or horn tweeters. I suspect speakers that are on the bright side will sound best to the OP as well.

There are lots of speakers on the market that would fall into this category such as Monitor Audio Bronze or Silver lines, Klipsch speakers etc. If you're planning to keep your sub-woofer bookshelf speakers are all you need. If you do away with it then a pair of good floor-standing speakers would serve you best by providing a bit better bass.
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You don't need to spend a ton of money on highly detailed speakers.

I have the LX16s with the fantastic Folded Motion Tweeter and they are wonderful and not very expensive.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_839MLX1...&awmt=b&awnw=g

If I were in a splurging mood and wanted some speakers that are likely superior I'd look at one of the wonderful speakers from Philharmonic Audio with the RAAL tweeter:

http://philharmonicaudio.com/
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