Need advice on speakers for HiFi and Home Cinema
I have a setup comprising a Linn AV5103 System Controller, AV5125 Power Amp, Ikemi CD, Pekin Tuner, Rega Planar 3 Turntable, Pro-Ject Phono Box SE and Boston Accoustics A40 speakers. The turntable and speakers are 'historical' components having been with me since I bought my first 'real' HiFi some 30 years ago!
A few years ago I upgraded the system elements but retained the turntable as CDs had replaced vinyl in our lives (for convenience more than anything else) but we still have a substantial vinyl collection; the Pro-Ject box was simply added to interface to the AV5103. I didn't upgrade the speakers at the time as we had just built our own house and had not completed the room into which the system would finally reside. The house is also wired for the Linn Knekt system and I also have a pair of Linn Katans wall mounted in another room but currently driven by the AV5103/AV5125.
However, we are now ready to move the system on and add speakers that will do justice to the system (although the A40s have giventremendous service over the last 30 years!).
However, I have no real idea as to what speakers I should now be considering! The Monitor Audio RS6s and the Dali Ikon 6s get good reviews but I am not sure whether these are sufficient to get the best out of the source components (principally the Ikemi and a Sky HD box at present). The room is also wired for two ceiling speakers for the 'rear' channels; these were originally intended to be Kef Ci200s but I have seen that others also have ceiling mounted speakers within their range (e.g. Monitor Audio) and I haven't found any references that compare these.
My ideal scenario is to identify a pair of floor standing speakers that will perform supremely on their own for HiFi but also combine with a centre speaker, sub-woofer and the two ceiling speakers for home cinema.
Anybody out there that can help? Any advice will be gratefully received!!
(The next issues will be getting the AV5103 working with the Sky HD box and working out what to do with the Pekin in relation to the digital switchover - but that is for another day!).