Originally Posted by Skipple
80/20, Video media to music.
I will say this though. I pay far more attention to the quality of the speakers and sound fidelity when I am listening to music. While I am most often using the room for TV I appreciate high quality sound much more with music.
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Interesting, that wasn't even on my list of items to upgrade.
Video usage just means you need dynamics and detail and clarity---especially VOICE clarity. Subtle nuances like tonal balance are much more relevant during critical music listening (listening to music while not doing anything else such as reading, web-surfing, eating, chores, etc.)
The center does 70-80% of the output during HT/TV. People often find that upgrading the center has the biggest, most noticeable impact during video use for that reason. The second biggest improvement for video watching is the sub, unless you mainly watch dramas/comedies/documentaries/news/sports not the kind of blockbuster movies that have lots of LFE.
How important are aesthetics for you? The best price to performance speakers usually don't come with the kind of pretty cabinets that some folks require. If you are ok with function over form, you'll actually do very well with a $700-1000 budget. I'd just move your current DT800s to rear surround duty and focus on the front 3 speakers and sub first.
Best bang for the buck would be 3 x Ascend 170SE currently sold as "B-stock" (most likely just surplus A stock they want to clear out) for $378:
These are very neutral and relatively high sensitivity so they'll be easy to drive and excel in both music and movies.
Another option are the NHT SuperOnes, $100 each from Amazon...these are slightly "bright" so a little bit riskier but Amazon provides easy returns especially if you're a Prime member. They are prettier looking than the Ascends though, due to their sealed cabinets and elegant matte finish.
If you don't mind the sci-fi styling, the Emotiva T-Zero towers ($400/pr
) with C1 center ($250) would be my first pick, though they would put you slightly over budget. But the towers would save you at least $100 for a pair of speaker stands.
For the sub, a Hsu VTF-2 or Rythmik LV12-F would put a big grin on your face all day long, during music as well as movies.