Originally Posted by tommyloan
Hello... I am upgrading my home theater system and would like some help on choosing the brand / model of speakers. I used to have a top-of-the-line Samsung soundbar with a sub and wireless rear speakers, but I sold the setup and used the money to buy a Yamaha "Aventage" RX-A880 receiver. It's a 7.1 rated at 100w RMS. I was almost ready to go with the Klipsch Reference Premier speakers: RP-8000F fronts left and right, RP-404C center, SPL-120 sub, and RP502S "surrounds" for the rear left and right. However, I've read about many issues/complaints with the RP-8000F: crossovers not correct, sound too bright, requires too much power to move, etc. etc. Although the Klipsch would definitely look intimidating, I don't want to waste money on just a name. I've read about many people returning them. I want clean, balanced, life-like sound and bass. My TV is one year old, Sony XBR-75X900F and have a new Sony 4K player (can't remember the model). I am also looking at Atmos speakers and don't know whether to buy some that would sit on top the front floorstanding speakers, or if I should utilize the existing ceiling speaker locations: there are two fronts and two rears in the ceiling but I'm sure they're $20 speakers that need upgrading. So put Atmos on top of the floorstanding speakers, or up in the ceiling? As for the room, it's actually a "great room" with the family room and kitchen in one area: the room is long and skinny: 14ft wide, 13 ft deep (from the TV to the couch), but then the room continues further back... the kitchen is behind my back when I sit on the couch. The ceiling is 10ft tall. Any recommendations on what brand/model speakers to go with? I'm trying to stay around $3,000 or $3,500. ps- my local Best Buy is claiming Definitive Technologies is the way to go. Thank you guys.
In a big open space like that you want a pair of good subwoofers, like the Hsu VTF-2 or a single VTF-3 or 15. This will provide all the bass you could possibly want, without the need to go with towers. Speaker companies usually make mediocre and overpriced subs; I'd check out subwoofer specialist companies like Hsu, Rythmik, Monolilth, SVS, and PSA.
If you want a horn speaker with zero risk of brightness, the Hsu HB-1 and/or HC-1 would be a very safe choice.
Def Tech like Klipsch draws a polarized reaction; some love them, some also find them unbearably bright.
Ascend, Emotiva and Chane are also great choices.
The Emotiva towers are being cleared out right now ahead of a cosmetic makeover new edition in the fall, at incredible prices. Their main weakness is cosmetic; some people dislike the futuristic Batmobile styling.