Originally Posted by piyushgupta
3. I am spending $1100 for the Bose speaker System. Actually, I am just going by brand name, caz Bose is Bose. But still you sound like very much knowledgable in this field, so any better suggestion for best result and performance would be highly appreciated.
Speakers are the absolutely LAST thing you want to select based on brand name or reputation alone. The Bose name gets you in the door, then the specially tuned and calibrated Bose demo makes you think that you're hearing the greatest thing in the world. Then you get the system home, and discover that you can't replicate what you heard in the demo - largely because the demo consists of specially-authored material that is chosen because they don't challenge the Bose cubes in the areas where they are weakest.
The most important thing you can do is to listen to speakers firsthand with your own material (CDs and DVD or Blu-Rays that you're familiar with and have listened to many
times before). You need to decide what sounds best to you. The best we on this forum can do is suggest brands that we have liked and that fall into your budget - but that's no guarantee that you'll like the way they sound as much or as little as we do.
If listening beforehand is impossible due to your location or other circumstances, then purchase from a retailer with a generous return policy. One great option is an Internet-direct speaker manufacturer, SVS. Their speakers are an excellent value, and their subwoofers are outstanding.
A budget of $1100 is a VERY NICE budget that gives you many options.
In addition to the brands that Al suggested, you could consider PSB (they're Canadian, like Paradigm and happen to be my speaker of choice). Go to the websites of the manufacturers and see if there are any dealers in your area where you can audition speakers.
One final suggestion. While it's critical that your front three speakers be "timbre-matched" (i.e. from the same manufacturer and same product line) with each other to ensure a uniform soundfield, the subwoofer does not have to be from the same company. In fact, the low- to mid-range subwoofers offered by many speaker companies such as Klipsch, Polk, and PSB, are often not that great. One newer company that's been getting a lot of good word of mouth is Lava
. They have a 12 inch model (bigger is always better with subwoofers) that outperforms many comparable models.