I had asked for advice in a previous thread on choosing my HT system for under $1000... Thanks for all your suggestions! I'm putting this question in a seperate thread to address this question specifically..
I narrowed down my selection to the Onkyo TX-SR604 ($369 at J&R,) and the Polk RM20's with the free PSW10 Sub ($699.) A little over budget, but it seemed like the best system for my needs...
However, I've just come back from CC to test the RM10's as I can't find a CC with RM20's on the floor, from what I understand, they are similar... I know this is a rarity, but the salesman was actually very knowledgable and helpful. He agreed that the RM20's are great and a good match for my room size, but he asked me if I'd considered or heard Onkyo's speakers. He said they offer FAR superior sound quality to anything in their price range and he believes they give $1000 speaker setups a run for their money..
First, I listened to the RM10's and they sounded good, UNTIL I compared them to the Onkyo HT-240. Now, I am a newbie and certainly wouldn't call myself an audiophile, but to me, the RM10's didn't hold a candle to the Onkyo HT-240.. The HT-240 were bigger, but still small enough for my space and they looked very impressive, moreso than the RM-10/20's. They seem very durable and are housed in a brushed metal case... The sound was absolutely amazing. Unlike any small speaker I've heard so far.. The salesguy says they are being discontinued.. They were $399, but I've just found them for $289 at J&R..
Cnet. gave them an excellent rating of 8.3/10..
What I want to know is if there is something I'm missing? Why would they be so cheap and sound so much better than more expensive sets? Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated?
Heres the amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/ONKYO-SKS-HT24...&s=electronics