Hi all, relative newbie to posting in these forums, although I've been using all of you as a great resource for years.
Searching around, I can't seem to piece together a solution to my current home theater dilemma, which is as follows, and I'd love some advice:
Original HT setup (5.1):
Pioneer VSX-523K, KEF T100 (the original) 5.1 surround system consisting of five T101 satellites and one Kube-1 sub.
New HT setup (5.2.4 Atmos):
Denon AVR-X4400H, two new SVS PB-1000 subs, the same five KEF T101 satellites, and four new Polk MC80s for Atmos ceiling speakers.
Overall I'm really enjoying the new setup (along with a new 4K projector) and the Atmos experience is a legitimate upgrade IMHO. The new PB-1000s are adding some major depth to the system, and the Polk MC80s are doing a nice job as affordable overheads.
However, the KEF T101 speakers seem to sound a bit "thin" compared to the new subs and overheads, especially with regard to dialog and the mid-range of musical scores. I'd like to round this sound out a bit more, and I'm not sure what the best approach is. I've run the Audyssey setup through the Denon AVR, and currently have the T101s crossed over at 100Hz, with the PB-1000s running in LFE mode with an LPF of 120Hz. This has helped to fill in the mid-range but (whether it's my imagination or not) the bass seems more directional than when I set the LPF at 60Hz or even 80Hz.
The options I'm considering are as follows:
1) Buy a KEF T301c center channel (I have access to a nearly new one for $300 CAD) to try to increase the sound on dialog and vocals. The frequency range for this speaker is the same as the T101s though, with the bottom end at 80Hz, so I don't expect it will provide any difference in the richness or depth of the overall audio.
2) Buy a new set of 5 surround speakers. Options I've considered are:
a. SVS Prime Bookshelf x2, Center, Satellite x2
b. SVS Prime Tower x2, Center, Satellite x2
c. ELAC Debut 2.0 Tower x2 (F5.2 or F6.2), Center (C5.2 or C6.2), Bookshelf x2 (B5.2 or B6.2)
d. ELAC Uni-Fi Tower x2, Center, Bookshelf x2
Any of these would allow me to set a much lower crossover of 50-60Hz and limit the LPF on the subs to 60Hz, which I assume will make a big difference in the overall sound -- looking for advice/correction on this assumption though!
I'm looking for advice on the general path forward as well as speaker recommendations. I am happy paying for good quality at value-focused prices, which is why I chose the PB-1000s. I don't want bargain basement by any means, but please no elite audiophile recommendations.
Thank you all in advance!