Originally Posted by Justin Cross
Budget isn't super tight, I have just been doing loads of research and trying to figure out the 'why' people recommend one thing over the other. I have always had either a super basic setup (like above), all satellite speakers, or a sound bar set-up. Never have gone bookshelf/floor standing so want to determine what would be the best.
Some of it is preference. Some people prefer warmer speakers (low timbre), some brighter... some just prefer a specific sound signature.
And of course quality comes into play too. For instance, I found the low end Polks god awful when I tried them. Most here probably wouldn't recommend them. Now that's not a sound signature thing, just that the speakers are veiled, not very detailed, and bleh (not exactly an audio term there).
You could visit a local best buy/audio place, just listen to some speakers, see what catches your ear, so to speak.
As for the Klipsch, to some they are too bright, so after listening to them a while they begin to get annoying. To me, they are sort of like watching a TV on vivid settings -- they stand out in the store, so probably useful for selling to the casual shopper, but after a short while, you really begin to dislike them. But everyone is different ... some folks like that sound. Doesn't mean they are wrong, we just have different ears.
I'd say if you go to BB, give Sony Cores a listen, maybe Polk S .... not sure if they have anything else worthwhile in your budget.
JBLs mentioned here should be a very nice upgrade for you too. Other brands to consider, like Philharmonic AAs, Qacoustics, etc, but I don't think they'd fit in your budget w/ sub. As for the BasX, it hits it stated specs (or at least I think it does) with favorable reviews and nice, tight bass.