Feel like I'm outta my mind....

Been through this forum, and don’t know where to start. Y’all are a pretty wild bunch!

Looking to go to a 2.2 setup, but have no idea where to begin. Haven’t seen anyone review speakers wholly, or in their entirety so far.

Old guy; ears are about 85-90% from the grinders and diesels.....LOVE the feel of sound - hence 2.2. Current dealio is dual 10" drivers and a 1" silk dome in each tower (no-name, about 275WPC on 8 ohm), and a 100W 10" front-firing sub. Missing lots of vocals though...... Looking for a full, rich-sounding set, or set(s) of towers.

Power is available through twin Carver M400a’s at 500WPC, and twin Carver M400t’s. Would love to have dual, and responsive subs to cover the low bits - let the ’a’’s handle the mids, and the t’s can get up high. Pretty sure I have the power to bi-amp on 20A breakers.....(electrician - (NOT electronics-guy!), amongst better things.) Source is usually CD, from the few thousands lying about here...

KEF Q950?? Polk R700?? Monitor 300?? SVS Pinnacle? Paradigm Premier? Monitor?

Any generalities that can start pointing me in a decent direction? Budget is simply....."let’s not get stupid...."

Metal is priority. Rock second, opera third, classical fourth. Just lookin’ for thoughts. Anything to start some ideas......


@the_general Like the Mac (lots of power) recommended side of things. For speakers might go Magico, Focals, and Reven Salon2’s too.  That book @ghdprentice mentioned will elevate and inform you; maybe even get you to full bird.

Be careful as You’ll be able to talk endlessly about efficiency ratings and passive crossovers to your intolerant friends and family. Round these parts friends and famdamily love the music just not hearing about what’s making it sound so good. 

I bought a set of Focal speakers powered by a Carver TFM 45 with upgrades. I thought it sounded great until I acquired a pair of PS Audio M1200 mono-blocks.

The difference was way better than I expected. The Carvers are very powerful but no match for newer amps in sound quality.

GoldenEar Triton One.R or Two+ will get you there without the need for a sub. Pretty reasonably priced too.

Hmmmmm! Lots to think about! Appreciate the thoughts....it could very well be that I just really like the look of it on the shelf...

I've ordered the recommended book; looking forward to learning more....Will be heading out for some listening with at least one of the amps in the next couple days. Local stores have some Paradigms and Focal's; might try a Klipsch or two, but I'm not a huge fan of the bookshelves in my shop...

Love hearing the recommendations though!