I am in the process of selling all my JBL Northridge series speakers and upgrading from my E60s, E30s, NCenter II, and JBL PB-10. Ran these through a HK AVR 525. While these speakers were OK for movies they are not good by any stretch of the imagination for music. My little bookshelf BIC V62s sound exceptionally better than my floorstanding E60s that cost twice as much. Anyways I have decided on Athena AS-F2s for my fronts. Have already purchased the original AS-R1s for my rears (found on Ebay) NOT the AS-R1.2s, a Velodyne DSP-12 sub which is awesome, and an Acoustech HT-65 center. Now all I need is the fronts to complet my new 5.1 system. Was wondering if anyone heard about the Athena F2.2 line as being a less quality build in comparison to the original F2s? Have heard the new cabinets are not the quality build of the original F2s. Am concerned about this. Haven't been able to find the original F2s and am hesistant on buying the new F2.2s.
Why wouldn't you want to get the Acoustech HT-75s for the fronts? They would match much better with the center and are also gorgeous speakers to boot. I haven't heard either of the Athenas, but I think the Acoustech would be an excellent alternative.
I have heard the HT-75s and compared them to the Klipsch RB towers (forgot the exact model #). For the price, they can't be beat. They are not better than the Klipsch at 3x the price, but they certainly sound very good. The horned tweeters sound a lot like the Klipsch but they don't have the same depth and authority (probably because the speakers are so much smaller). As I said, I haven't heard the Athenas so I can't help you out there, but I doubt you will be disappointed, especially if you add a sub.
I think your right makes the most sense with the other components I have, especially the HT-65 Center. Is my Velodyne DSP-12 suffecient or should I purchase another sub. Not a large room I am working with.