Hi everyone, I just want to preface this by saying this is a wicked community and I've seen a lot of pics which just fuels the inspiration, and a thank you in advance.
Firstly, I love music. If I'm not listening to it out loud or with headphones, I'm thinking about what to listen to next. Right now I have a very modest system put together, and feel that I have reached the peak of what my current speakers are able to provide to me acoustically.
Here is my present system:
Preamp: HK PT2500
Transport: Oppo BDP-83 (non-SE)
Amplification: 2x Hafler DH-220
Speakers: Energy Connoisseur C-2 (Bi-Amped)
As for what I'm looking for, there are a few prerequisites:
- Floor standing towers
- Bi/Tri Amp-able
- Design: 2 vs 2 1/2 vs 3-Way, what's the difference?
- Budget up to and including $1200
I'm hoping to leverage the experience of some of the 2.0 guys here that have had ears on several sets of speakers to help make up for my inexperience.
As for what I listen to, it really ranges. A lot of classic rock, blues, some jazz, punk, metal, electronic, hip hop/rap and some country. My tastes change with my mood so I need some forgiving speakers.
I don't really consider myself an audiophile, but what appeals to me is clear and precise tonality, best I can explain it is I like things to sound as they should; even when I listen to songs with a lot of bass I prefer tight accurate bass lines vs the long drawn out gut wrenching ones; unless we're talking movies (but that's a whole other ball of wax).
The Energy's I have for the most part are fairly decent, they just tend to breakdown during some CDs, most recently coming to mind is Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness. During track 3: Jellybelly, I thought my ears were going to start bleeding from the shrill high's. I quite literally checked for perforation. I've noticed in other instances where (and this is mostly with alternative rock with a lot of thrashing guitars) there is a distinct lack of separation between instruments, everything just seems to melt together and it gets tiresome to try and separate the sound field; though it could entirely be the source recording.
I hope that helps some of you in formulating an answer to a 99.999% subjective question. Bottom line is I'll need to audition/listen for myself and determine what's right or not and make a decision from there. We have a decent mid/high end store in Winnipeg where I can at least see/touch/feel/hear the speakers for myself, not sure I'd want to taste them, but then I never liked asparagus before either.