I just wanted to give an update on my search so far. First based on
recommendation, I have already got the HSU VTF-2 sub.
After doing a lot of research in the last couple of months, it is still hard to pick the right speakers without auditioning. Anyway, to summarize, we have local dealers for KEF and Monitor Audio. Both don’t offer any audition. I posted in the UK avforums website asking to compare both brands. Almost everyone picked the KEF Q series. I can have a set of 5 speakers comprising of Q150, Q350, and Q650 for about $1450. Also available all the the three towers from the series.
Another options I am considering is to order online if the sound quality plus being neutral and non-fatiguing is superior to the KEF Qs. By the way, I am not planning on any upgrade for the next 10 years at least.
Ascend 340 for LCR and 200 for surrounds. That’s about $1000 plus ~$500 for shipping, totaling ~$1500.
Emotiva B1+, C2+, and E2 for surrounds. That’s about $1000 plus ~$500 for shipping, totaling ~$1500.
Other options is higher step up sets:
Polk Audio Lsim 703, 706c, and 702 F/X. With the discount from Adorama, they cost $1200. Shipping is about $800, making the totaling $2000.
Buchardt Audio S300 MK2 for LCR, which are about $1550 including free shipping. Buchardt recommends having ELAC as surrounds so I am thinking of adding the ELAC Debut on-wall speakers for $400 including shipping. That will set the price for $1950.
I also need your advice on the AVR receiver. I have the option of picking the Denon X4500H or the Marantz 7013 for an additional $133. Which one do you recommend?
Thanks again everyone.