I am finally upgrading my system after many years. I have an old Carver system with Infinity Kappa 8.1 and Infinity Reference Center and Rear speakers.
I am moving to a Marantz AV7005 and am going to power the system with an MM8003. If I need to, I can add another 2 channel amp for bi-amping purposes, but would prefer not to if I don't have to.
The Infinity's are way great but are not very efficient and must go. I have read reviews on and have settled into three lines that I want to seriosuly audition.
Klipsch Reference, Polk RFi and B&W 600's. I can put together a system that is between $3000 to $4000 with any of them but I know each has there positives and negatives.
The Klipsch line is supposed to sound terrible until it has had a good 20 hours of play time. They are very efficient but can be a bit harsh.
The Polks are inneficient relatively speaking but I have plenty of power. They generally get poorer reviews for music but great reviews for theatre.
The B&W line gets mixed reviews. I see one mag will give it an award and another will pan it. The center channel in particular is just given awful reviews but then I see that it is being powered with a mediocre receiver.
Thus, the net question is what are your thoughts on these three lines with the Marantz equipment? Additionally, are there other lines that I should consider where I can get all 7 speakers and a sub for under $4000 and won't be over/under powered with that Marantz 140 Watt Amp.
Thanks in advance.