Kef LS50 to include in a new HT set up ?
I'm in a quandary and would appreciate your kind advice.
I am updating my condo and taking the opportunity to add back some Home Theatre capabilities to my existing gear.
I have the fabulous KEF LS50 (passive) speakers.
Marantz 5009 receiver.
Cullen modded Sonos - I use Sonos to play music ripped on my Qnap Nas or just Spotify thro Sonos.
Also for my TV I attach Roku, Chromecast for my other TV / movie needs via the Marantz, but could go direct to TV HDMI inputs.
I listen to all sorts of music, no Heavy metal , rarely hip hop.
My wife loves simplicity of Sonos of course. Point and play with the Harmony remote then phone app.
HOWEVER, I love movies and so wanted another HT set up but retaining ease of use and WAF in the aesthetics department.
So, I initially convinced myself I would go full Sonos, ie Play bar, sub and 2 Play One's for rear.
I use a beam in the bedroom and it is cool for there. I thought I would sell the Kef's and Marantz and go minimalist.
But, when listening to the Playbar and Sub in admittedly less than perfect listening conditions, I was not impressed with the sound. Of course it could have been the store, the source, how it was set up, everything. But, the fact remains i was not as impressed as I thought I would be.
So, a long intro to the problem.
I am thinking to add a 3rd LS50 for a centre , then 2 rears (LS 50 or cheaper and smaller) passive and run speaker cable to my Marantz around the edge of the room. Or, maybe for more minimalist appeal look at the Kef LS50 wireless and integrate them somehow. ie, still sell the Marantz and Kef LS50 passives and just add a sub to the input on the LS50 wireless which I position under the tv . But I read this will not give a true LFE and I would be better to keep the receiver, and this means I still need add cheap surrounds.
Is there any benefit to adding Kef LS 50 wireless to the existing passive LS 50's and add a sub ?
What do you think ? Add cheap but suitable rears (any suggestions) and add a sub (any suggestions for a small good looking sub as I hear the Kef's are picky) and keep the Marantz and existing LS50's (passive) that I own ?
Thanks for the long read if you got this far. Budget say USD5k if needed.
Remember, WAF need be high as I prefer a more minimalist look.