Good morning folks! I have recently began to revamp my family room HT system (everyday room) as I am moving into the 4k HDR/DV world. Will be running Denon 4500 with Emo XPA 5 channel amp (200rmsx5). Bottom end handled by PSA twin 15's
So, I have Von Schweikert VR2 mains, VS LCR15 center and their dipole/bipole surrounds..my room is big and open...23x16 and almost 2 stories..back opens to the kitchen. This is our everyday living room/family room/tv watching room..I want to update the speakers now...at least the front 3...I feel my center channel is weak as no matter what I do, I dont get clear and powerful vocals. There are several seating positions, so sometimes I am off axis watching a movie, other times I am straight ahead in the prime seat....so, being out of the game for so long, I am blown away at the choices out there...any chance you can help me narrow things down and or see if I am on the right track here?
Martin Logan 60xti and 50xti center - I have never heard them
KEF R5 or R7's and R2C center - never heard them
Monitor Audio Silver 500's - heard MA silver years back when I chose the Vons over the Monitors..I did like the Monitors though..especially with Rock
B&W 703-704's? - have heard a few over the years and they always seemed nice
SVS Ultra Towers? - are these even in same category as others here?
Focal, Revel? - new to me again
Klipsch - I have never been a fan, but only ones I have heard have been at Best Buy, so take that with a grain of salt
As you can see, I am all over the place. This is going to be for watching tv every day, movies several times a week and straight music maybe 10-15% of the time...
When listening to music, it would be at mid to high levels...I prefer rock music, but really we listen to a little of everything (R&B, country, hair metal, classic rock...we like it all).
I prefer towers due to size of room and setup. Needs to be black...either piano black or oak veneer black......
Due to room layout, etc, I have very limited spaces to put the speakers..currently my Vons are about 18 inches from the wall..it is NOT possible to have speakers any farther out from the wall than that...this is along the narrow wall (16ft wide) and right in the middle of it..so not corner loaded.
With the lockdown, etc, listening at local stores is likely out...going with an ID company I could get return privileges...maybe what I am looking at is overkill for what I use it for?? When we watch movies, it is at near reference levels...music generally loud also...not many soft listening sessions going on here
Maybe my ears have gotten worse over the years? It seems like I want a more lively, enveloping sound than I have now...I want more detail and clarity in dialogue when watching movies, etc. I know this is like opening a can of worms as the options are many, but would appreciate any help you can lend. Thanks a bunch!