in everyone's opinion, and i'm sure this can have a wide array of answers;for under $10,000, what do you consider the best all around loudspeaker system for HT as well as pure music enjoyment. also when i say music i mean the best all around from symphony to rap. thanks
Totem Mani-2 main speakers at front Totem Model 1 Centre Totem Model 1 rears REL Strata 5 sub or Totem Thunder sub if you can squeeze it into the $10000.
Musically the Mani-2s are in a class all their own and they go down all the way to 28hz - amazing bass irrespective of size! The centre is excellent and the little Model-1's are excellent as well as usefully small. I am in the UK so my prices may be higher than yours since Totem are Canadian. Very definitely well worth a look in my view.
On thing though - they're very difficult to drive so you will need a very powerful power amp or preferably separate power amps for the fronts and surrounds to guarantee juice to the appropriate speakers.
If you have the space for them look into MArtin Logan's. I listened to the Ascents in a 5.1 setup playing a Diana Krall concert and the sound was phenomenal. The theater center channel was incredibly transparent and detailed. IMO the best centerchannel out there considering it's $2500 price tag. You could go down a notch or two in the ML line to meet your budget requirements. For the type of bass you are looking for SVS might be right up your ally.
Small world James, i listened to the ML and Sonus Faber recently. Diana Krall was surreal on the SF, but a little too crisp on the ML. Peter, thank you for the link. This might sound strange but the only problem i have with Klipsch is they convey this top dollar, old world, German meisterpiece persona and they are built by immigrants in Arkansas, i just worry about the quality down the road.
and i will guarantee they were made in Deutschland, Peter i did not make that statement in belligerence trust me, but that is fact. I will say this, if you are someone who has been into high end audio that long then your opinion definitely carries credence.Thanks again
Travis, which are made in Deutschland? Sonus Faber is Italian, ML and Klipsch are American. These days, I know that Klipsch heritage speakers and the Reference series are still made in Hope, but it's quite like that the Synergy line and below are made abroad. You seem to be implying that, while built in the US, they employ unskilled immigrant workers. Is that what you are saying, or am I misunderstanding you?
Anyway, you'd be amazed at the durability of the heritage line. It's common to find 20 to 30 year old ones on ebay or audiogon.
misunderstood i think. the origins of Klipsch or the "theory" of the design anyway is German. MBL is profoundly German. And yes thus far i love SF. Is what i hear regarding Maggie Mg 20.1 tweeter ribbons needing to be replaced yearly accurate? i don't mean to bounce around but i am about to spend a great deal of money on my dream system and i am looking for an esoteric sound. TY
Well Peter i have to eat crow, but here's the part i think you will like the most. I decided to visit a local high end store and auditioned some new Klipsch, LOL i walked out purchasing the Ultra 2 THX system for the HT, then i fell in love with the Klipschorns so much i bought them as well and will dedicate another room for simply music. My wife is gonna kill me! I just spent a fortune but OMG at the sound!!!!! Thanks