Help & advice.
Greetings! Slowly moving toward a completely new system piece by piece. Listening will be 70/30 music/ht, room size 14 x 25 w/openings/doors all sides but side the system is on. Listening is done across the short side of the room placing speakers about 10? away from listener. Speakers will straddle a 50? plasma.
We began by purchasing the AVR first - maybe that?s backwards but we have a budget and an NAD T747 went on sale for $600. We heard so many positive things about it we bought it. So now we?re looking at speakers and we don?t want to spend money on something we can?t listen to thus our choices will be from those we can audition. So far we?ve heard some B&W, PSB, Paradigm and Polk. There are very few dedicated listening rooms here and they tend to all be in places that don?t sell Polk so it?s very difficult to evaluate Polk products.
We like Polk and we do have a budget but can stretch it for good sound (don?t mind if a tad bright). Because we have an ancient set of floor speakers we first considered bookshelf speakers to set on top, using the old floors as the stands. Really liked the sounds of the LSi series ? some music is better on the 7?s, other on the 9?s. Problem there was the 4 Ohm rating. I don?t think the NAD T747 has the horsepower to drive them so that eliminates them unless we buy another power amp, which we know nothing about, to drive them. Is there a relatively inexpensive way to do that?
That leaves us with the floor series. When I heard the TSi400 we were impressed but it was a noisy environment and the TSi500?s weren?t hooked up to compare. In that sound room the RTiA7?s sounded so different we couldn?t decide if we liked the sound or not however they are visually very handsome speakers. The RTi A5?s were not hooked up either. This was at the lesser of two Fry?s stores in town.
Oh, and before we left Fry?s we noticed a stack of Onkyo 2-Channel M-282 amps connected between the Onkyo TX NR1008 AVR and the speakers. Could that be one reason the 4 Ohm speakers sounded great on that AVR?
And yes we do have a Mirage Omni S8 sub which has proved more than adequate in this setting so our thinking was that we could do ok with the TSi400?s or the RTiA5?s or would that short us on mid-range?
Any advice/suggestions are welcome.