I am currently looking to upgrade to some RTiA towers and would like some opinions on which ones I should select. These will be the only speakers that I will purchase for probably the next 20 years, so I want to make sure that I am making the right choice now. I have a lot of other things going on right now, buying a house as well as changing jobs and raising a 2 year old, so buying/upgrading the fronts again is very very unlikely. I am not an audiophile by any means, in fact i suffer from mild hearing loss. This is really the first non-HTIB system I have ever had so I do not really have a good comparison that I can make to see what I would be missing. I look forward to any advice that everyone can provide.
HK 254 - 50w/ch (I have read/asked around and HK underrates power/channel)
RtiA3's - front
CsiA4 - center
OWM3's - rear
PSW110 – sub
HK 254 – 50w/ch
RtiA5/RTiA7 – front?
CsiA4 – center
RtiA3 – rear
PSW110 - sub
Samsung DLP 50” - 720p
Wii - component
Xbox360 - component
HD-DVD player – HDMI got it for $40 lol
Dish network DVR - HDMI
Apple power book - (i-tunes) DVI/RCA for now
This system is used for roughly 60% TV, 25% music, and 15% movies. I have found that since my original purchase that I am listening to more music and do not normally listen to 2 channel at all. This may be due to the A3's not really being able to fill out the music with out a sub. I either listen to 5 channel stereo or one of the other surround formats built into the HK. I will also be watching more movies once I get a BD player. I am selling the OWM3's to finance the purchase of the new towers and will be moving the A3's to the rear for a 5.1 setup. It is unlikely that I will ever go 7.1 as well. I would more likely create a zone 2 with some outdoor speakers.
Now on to the questions at hand. I am looking at either the A5's or the A7's. I have read that most people prefer the A5's with a good sub. I have the money to get the 5's and have been set on those for while, but now realized that I can get the 7's for only $100 more. For $100, would you get the 7's? Or should I get the 5's and use the $100 towards the distant future upgrade of either a better sub or a 2 channel amp? For $100 I thought that it may be a good idea to go ahead get the 7's since they are a larger/better speaker. If I could not get them for such a good price it would not be a hard decision at all. I would just hate to look back and wish i would have spent the $100.
I had asked around previously regarding my HK's ability to push the 5's and was told it would be ok but an amp would help(the HK has pre-outs). Will it be the same with the 7's, do I have to have an amp right away to enjoy them? I know the amp will help a lot but can not afford it at this time. Even if I get the 5's the amp will have to wait until later. This system will be going an a room approx 16x16 with standard ceilings.
I appreciate anyone taking time to read all of this and helping me make a good decision. Like I said before this will probably be the last speakers that I purchase, if they last 20 years. Thanks again.