Sorry guys. I've been out of town and then catching up with work. It seems like bad form to ask a question and disappear. But I do really appreciate all the help. Here are some additional thoughts and answers:
I did a little more auditioning today at BB/Magnolia. I listened to the Def Tech Mythos, Klipsch Icon XB-10 and the Vienna Waltz. I'd listened to the Mythos once before and didn't like them at all. But I thought I should give them a second chance since I already own one (don't ask; it's a long story) My opinion hasn't changed. I really don't like these speakers at all. To my ears, the little Klipsch speakers, at half the price, blew the Mythos away. I liked the Waltzes a lot. Sadly, I could only audition music as I forgot my DVD. The manager who was helping me said he liked the VA a lot for music, but not so much for home theater. I'll go back with my movie and see how they all do with that. I wanted to audition the Martin Logan Frescos and Vignettes, but they weren't hooked up. Just as well. The Frescos are crazy expensive for me.
Next, I'll listen to the Paradigms and whatever else I can easily find. My current frontrunner is the Kef. Of the speakers I've liked, it's the most affordable ($450/speaker for demos) and seems to do well wherever I move in the room - which I think means it's likely to be more forgiving of my little audio hell.
Originally Posted by Bruins29
No way to have rugs at all?
Actually, this may be shifting. I've always thought rugs were an absolute no because of roommate's allergies. But she said she'd be willing to try and that she thinks there may be rugs that trap dust mites less. It would have to be a small one, but I guess every little bit helps. (I wish my cats were the same color. Whatever color rug I get, the black hair or the white hair or both will show.)
Originally Posted by Bruins29
Ribbons are sweet no doubt. Just keep in mind Vash that the sweet spot with ribbon tweets tends to be smaller.
Interesting. I noticed when I listened to the BGs, they seemed pretty good everywhere in the room - certainly more than my Signet bookshelves. But the kefs did that much better. So does that mean that the ribbon tweeters would be less forgiving of my terrible room?
Originally Posted by mbrandt
Sound by Singer has Gallo, Era, Leon and James which make on-walls - though I personally think you should keep your bookshelves.
Please forgive me for being loquacious in your other post.
Purchasing used (and locally) through Audiogon would also save you probably another 30% after any dealer discount.
Thanks. I'm planning a swing by SbyS soon. I tried the other day and caught them as they were closing. But I have to say they have the worst set -up I've ever seen. All of their on-walls are placed in the back in what is basically a wide hallway. You can't get more than a few feet from them. That can't be good.
I'm totally open to Audiogon, but the few times I've tried, they haven't had any of the speakers I've been interested in. It doesn't help that they don't have an on-wall category. I'm not sure which category to look in for these.
Thanks - and to all of you in the US, happy 4th!