Originally Posted by InfiniteZeros
The main reason I would look into the Martin or Bowers are because I have physically listened to them, bowers definitely seems on the brighter end and Martin seems to be warmer and easier to listen to for me. The wharfdales are a gorgeous design and I really like the walnut cabnit you can get with them, plus I feel like with the 8" drivers I will be able to get more bass out of them.
The Emotivas design is definitely appealing and I do like the Ribbon tweeters, im just not sure about the sound on them. I haven't been able to test the Wharfdales so I will rely on the warm sound, and I can get a superb deal on their 1300 dollar set right now. I will certainly do my research on the other brands. Any preference on the Marantz or Denon though? I tested the difference between the 3500 and 5013 on the Bowers 603 and the 3500 seemed to bring the vocals out a bit more, but it could have just been settings.
I’m an Onkyo person so I cannot comment. But the Audessey XT32 in the 3500 is really good. I forgot what is in the Marantz. I don’t think it’s XT32. So the Denon wins in the room EQ category. Are you looking at these new? If so I highly recommend you instead go to Accessories4less.com and check out their refurbished receivers. Like new, and you get huge discounts. You might be able to swing the X4400h which I recommend over both of those receivers.
I know you have listened to both the B&W and Martin Logan, but youre gonna have to trust me when I say that Emotiva, Chane, and Ascend will blow them out the water while also costing less. You pay too much for the Best Buy retail markup and their FANTASTIC salespeople which are twice as knowledgeable as anyone here.
Look through the speaker demo thread on here and see if you can find a person that is relatively close to you that is willing to demo their set for you.
Klipsch are alright but I don’t think they are any better choices than Martin Logan, B&W, etc. Especially not the ID’s I mentioned.
Edit: And yes,
brings up a good point. You’ll need a good subwoofer. A subwoofer defines your system and sets the bar for how well it will perform. Do NOT get any sub from Best Buy. Instead check out HSU, Rythmik, Monolith, SVS, and in that order. Their subs are 2-5x better than what you will find there. And also for a lower price because again, Best Buy retail markup.