Ok, I'm starting to develop an ear for all the properties I think you guys look for in speakers.
I'm trying to complete my first decent 2 channel system here, and am still not settled on the speakers. Currently I'm testing the Cambridge Audio S30s and their WS30s. Both are good, but before I pull the trigger, I wanted to ask your opinion on other options and go over what I'm hearing. I have no idea what the proper terminology is here for these things, so I'll go off the cuff:
(sampling, btw, is a wide range of techo, hip hop, rock, oldies, jazz, etc.)
Here, the advantage is that the vocals all seem to be "in front of" or "on top of" everything else. In other words, if I had to give it a global percentage, it's as if 60% of the sound coming out is the vocals, 40% everything else. The bass is good but that's irrelevant since I'm using a sub. Mids are decent.
The con is that they still sound rather "small". The audio sounds like it's coming from a small stereo system in my room.
Overall, much better sound, but with its own properties. The biggest drawback is that here, almost all vocals sound a bit "behind" or less pronounced than all the instruments. They're clear, but the vocals sound a bit distant.
To their credit, however, these guys can really, REALLY fill a room. They sound much, much bigger than the S30s and the differentiation in sounds is much clearer. Sounds appear separate, and again, I really can't overemphasize how huge they sound- like big floorstanding speakers filling a hall (and they're not much bigger than the S30s - only about 15" tall and very slim). I suppose the only thing missing here would be the ability to somehow get the vocals "out in front" of everything else, as right now they're about 40/60 with the rest.
Before I make a final decision, I wanted to see, now that I've upped my budget to about 300, if there are any really good midsize bookshelves I've overlooked. Max height of about 15" (space considerations here).
What are your thoughts? What is *the most* well rounded, complete, pretty "picture" I can get at this price point?
Thanks so much all!