Help me choose - ~£1,500 budget - 5.0 System
Just wanted a little advice on whether I'm looking at the correct speakers or whether I should look elsewhere.
Onkyo TX-NR609 driving Tannoy F3 5.1 System - Mercury F3 fronts, Mercury Custom F1 rears, Mercury FC centre, Tannoy TS-10 Sub.
I've had no complaints about this set up and found it to be very capable - that is until I found a set of B&W DM602.5 S3 speakers at a crazy price at the local second hand shop - clearly they didn't know what they were.
I only bought them with the intention of tidying them up and selling them on but since I put them in place of my Tannoy F3 fronts to test, they've stayed there and the receiver has stayed firmly in "Stereo" mode.
This has really shown me just how poor the Tannoy speakers are for music.
So now I'm in the market for an entirely new setup.
I'll be selling the Tannoys and B&Ws of course, and given how much I like the sound of the B&Ws am looking at newer ones.
I have found myself rather disliking of a subwoofer, leaving the TS-10 powered off most if not all of the time, and it's not because it's a poor sub - at least WhatHiFi think it's very musical!
I'm therefore erring towards front floorstanders with plenty of presence as well as finesse to avoid having to get a sub.
I was considering the B&W 683s up front, HTM61 centre, and 686s rear, which should cost me £1,700.
I probably have a 70/30 split between music and movies on the system and listen to Classical, Jazz, Vocal, occasionally a bit of hard trance... but anything can reproduce that! Therefore, finesse and stereo soundstaging is important, less important (but still important) is presence for when I want to watch Sam Witwicky or John McClane do their thing...
And yeah, I know, a TX-NR609 isn't quite up to the challenge of driving the 683s or similar but for now I can bi-amp the fronts and upgrade the amp in Autumn
Thanks in advance!