Now let me say these speakers have to BEAT the SDA/SRS in all respects. Not just well there more "accurate" in the mids, or highs, type of deal. I'm talking the whole picture here. NO subs..no nothing.
Lets say were not talking a CD that is really SDA "effect " friendly..your stock basic rock cd. Now the sound stage the 1C's put out is very open and large even on this type CD...so it has to come close to that.
Now i have tried a few NEW tower stuff...does not come close to the bass, or the open sound stage of even the 1C's. Now you get parts and pieces, that may be better..but overall..don't cut it. Now I'm a BIG Polk fan..I've had nothing but Polk speakers for the last 30 years. Now to be blunt..i would be happy as a clam if i could call up Polk...have them ship me a set of LSiM 707 off the ebay site and call it a day. BUT i don't see it. I can probably come up with the 3200 or so for those....but I don't see them working.
The only things i see working, are once again..old LARGE speakers. Infinity Kappa stuff (large), Bozak (large) maybe some Klipsh, maybe some Legacy Focus speakers, but don't think i could get them used for 3K, the bass would be there but not sure about the rest. The sound stage may or may not be great, don't know on those, never heard them.
The sad point to this rant..I can't find NEW speakers..within a 3K range that will just beat close to 25+ year old SDA/SRS speakers.
I have no clue what to say about this, except for the fact ....maybe old and BIG is just better...LOL