You need a decibel measurement for movies , if you listen louder bookshelves will strain avr . But if not then there fine , your current speakers are very nice tho smaller then today’s q series but still better center has two woofers . How long ago did you purchase that sub too late for return ? You may need to add something more substantial for theater 🎭... ouch Canada 🍁 subs are harder to find ...I'll start off with the relevant information:
- open concept living room (condo)
- current speakers: KEF R300 + R600c
- speaker distance to MLP ~8-8.5 ft
- average movie watching volume -20 MV (fluctuates higher/lower due to some BEQ filters, preference, etc. volume will never go past -10 MV)
- AVR will be an AudioControl Concert XR-6 (Continuous power output, per channel, 8Ω / 4Ω: 100W/100W, not looking to invest in an external amp as of now)
- use case is 100% for physical media/streaming playback (also have BEQ implemented)
I've attached a picture of the room to give an idea at the bottom, it's a bit outdated (before room darkening shades installed, and using KEF KF92 as the sub now), but should give a good idea of the space in question.
Here is the list I've narrowed down for considerations with some potential pros/cons for each speaker. If I might be missing something that's also worth looking into, feel free to let me know. Due to being in Canada I will not be able to listen to most of these options before hand.
Honorable mentions that didn't crack the top 5 for me are: Monitor Audio Gold 100 + C250 (not much info, hard to drive), B&W 705 S2 + HTM71 S2 (very bright), Polk Legend L200 + L400 (no reviews, low end aesthetics).
- Arendal 1723 S - towers + center
pros: lots of speaker for the money, very dynamic, large wave guide, matching height channels for the future to replace KEF Q50a's if desired
cons: 2-way center channel, hard to drive, towers maybe too large for space, lower end for aesthetics, importing from the US
- Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2EX + Horizon center with RAAL upgrade
pros: 3-way center channel, great build quality & components, nice finishes available, ribbon tweeter advantage for HT?
cons: center too tall for current stand, bookshelves harder to drive, ribbon tweeter disadvantage for HT?, importing from the US
- JBL HDI-1600 + HDI-4500
pros: large 2.5 way center channel, compression driver
cons: lowest end for aesthetics, sidegrade instead of upgrade? importing from the US (not sure if available in Canada)
- Paradigm Founder 40B + 90C
pros: large 3-way center channel, brand new models, high end build quality & finishes, large wave guide, available locally
cons: price (most expensive option), no solid reviews/measurements available yet
- Funk Audio - 6.1EP + matching center
pros: great build quality & components, planar tweeter advantage for HT? available locally
cons: 2-way center channel, price (few hundred $ less than Paradigm), planar tweeter disadvantge for HT?
I was originally just considering the Arendals as I thought they would most likely be a significant upgrade (even moreso if not using the sub in the evenings), but as I looked into things more, I was definitely intrigued at the various different options in this price bracket. My biggest point of debate is what might the non-traditional tweeter options (Ascend, JBL, Funk) bring to the table (good & bad) over the more traditional Arendal & Paradigm options for home theater. The other main point is that maybe NONE of these options would be considered a significant upgrade for my use case, and the money can be used instead for a 77" Sony A80J this upcoming black friday to upgrade my current 65" Panasonic OLED (although I'm still waiting on reviews on that as well, and could wait another year to see what 2022 OLED models bring). Hopefully we can get a good discussion going in the mean time though.
In pics sub looks big , ehh if it’s loud enough. I don’t see anything wrong with your speakers unless you dislike kef ??
Panasonic makes OLED??? Can’t buy them in USA 🇺🇸 I’m using a 42” plasma in a bedroom it looks better then my 4k tv did ... I thought panny quit tv Business years ago ??