I have just started the process of auditioning and so far I have checked out one store with a few on-walls & bookshelves from Atlantic Technologies, Monitor Audio, MK and Sunfire. Though I am not an audiophile, I could appreciate the difference in the centre, surrounds and Sub compared to my old Technics. However I am just not impressed with the front speakers that I have seen & heard so far vis-à-vis my Technics SB-A37, especially in the 'Music' department. (Maybe I am being unreasonable in trying to look for on-walls/ book-shelves as a replacement for my old floor-standings).
The guy at the store suggested that I either retain the Technics as my front L & R and buy matching speakers for the rest of the set-up or buy an entirely new set-up connecting the new fronts to Front A and the old Technics to Front B on the Denon 2311. Any comments on this?
I have already started looking up the net in an effort to get educated on frequency range, cross-over frequency, impedence and such stuff. However I still need some advice on choosing a new 'full set' or 'remaining' speakers.
If I were to look for 'matching' centre, surround and sub, what specs should I look for? The specs of the Technics SB-A37 fronts are as follows:-
Type : 3 way 4 speaker bass-reflex
Woofer : 30 cm (11-13/16") cone type
Woofer : 25 cm (9-15/16") cone type
Mid-range: 10 cm (4") cone type
Tweeter : 6.5 cm (2-9/16") cone type
Impedance : 8Ω
Input power : 260 W (MUSIC), 130 W (DIN)
Output sound pressure level : 89 dB/W (1.0 m)
Crossover frequency : 3 kHz, 6 kHz
Frequency Response : 35 Hz-35 kHz (-16 dB), 43 Hz-31 kHz (-10 dB)
Dimensions (WX H X D) : 380X980X285 mm
Weight : 13.5 kg (29.7 lb.)
What would the above frequency range correspond to in terms of -3dB that most speakers mention these days? Also how does the 'Output pressure level' correspond to the present day 'Sensitivity'?
I believe that matching the centre speaker to the main is very important so what specs should I look for? (Probably this is the reason why store guy suggested that I buy and entirely new set for HT and use the existing floor standings as 'Front B' for Music?)
And one more thing...The Atlantic Technology AT-2 Bookshelves have much better specs (6Ω, 88dB, 41 Hz - 20 kHz ± 2 dB, so-called 'H-PAS' technology for added bass), but IMO still falls short of my old Technics in the sheer 'feel', 'presence' & 'depth' of sound (no, these are not audiophile terms, I mean what I seriously experienced). Is it because of the sheer size or are there some other important specs that I am missing out on?