Need Some Low-Budget Help
Some history ... I've always loved sound, but never had the budget for premium stuff. Still don't, but I'm at least going in the right direction.
Currently my system is truly mismatched, with a Polk CS1 center, Technics sb-t100 towers, and JBL Loft 30s for surround. Currently no subwoofer, though I definitely want to get a 12" (I used to have a 15" Cerwin but sold it a few years ago). Receiver is a Onkyo HT-RC360 at 100w/channel.
I'd like to purchase a new Center and Towers (and Sub, but that's a different topic).
Centers: I'll upgrade either way, but for now and for my testing I just tried 2-channel stereo without a center.
Towers: I had my eyes on a number of different Klipsch speakers as well as some Polks. My budget GOAL is approx $600, give or take (less is better though, obviously).
I have heard that Klipsch and Polk have very different sound signatures and very different from my Technics, so last week I bought two Klipsch 620F's on sale at Best Buy for $175 each, and two Polk Monitor 60s as well (they run ~$110 each).
I haven't tried any movies yet, only music, but right off the bat a few things were clear. The Technics' highs were muddy compared to the Polk and Klipsch, but the mid-range bass is solid. The Polks are showing nearly no bass, and I was disappointed to hear that even bi-amped the bass was less than the Technics. However, the highs were super clear and I was impressed. Put on the Klipsch, and the bass by comparison was much better, but it seemed the highs weren't as clear as the Polks (still better than the Technics).
Bass ... Klipsch > Technics > Polks
Highs ... Polks > Klipsch > Technics
I'm going to run a sub eventually, so I figured that'd help with the bass, but I worry I'll be missing a whole section of bass frequencies with the polks. And I worry that going with the Klipsch I'll never get that clear high end.
Is that the stereotypical result from Polk and Klipsch speakers in general?
Or are these deficiencies just the result of the models I chose to test?
Do you have any recommendations on low-priced speakers which will meet my criteria more closely? I'm not an audiophile but I do appreciate solid sound and surround sound.
I will be using my setup primarily (90%) for movies and home theater, not for music (10%).