Hey folks; looking for some recommendations on what speakers would be worthwhile to go and audition up to the $1500/pair price range.
I had been saving for my “dream” system but have recently realized that my dreams and my income are extremely disparate and are likely to stay that way for a while. So I am resetting my expectations since I have been in the upgrading “process” for years now (I know technically it will never end
I’ve currently got an Anthem AVM-30 and Rotel RMB-1075, along with a B&W HTM4. The idea long ago was to get a pair of 805s for the front, but the truth is that I can’t save fast enough to keep up with how much they cost, so I am resetting my budget for fronts to $1500/pair.
I was planning on auditioning the B&W CM5’s, but I haven’t been keeping up on what other brands I should listen to. I’ve seen folks recommend Linn Majik 109, Focal 807v, and KEF Q300 – any other brands should I include on my listening tour? I live in the Seattle area. (I realize there will be a timbre matching issue with the HTM4 – I might just have to live with that).
My room is fairly long and narrow – about 12’ wide x 20’ long with one end open to the kitchen, which extends about another 20’ – so it’s not a huge space, and I will probably have to keep it to a bookshelf speaker (I will be looking at subs next), or a very small footprint floorstanding speaker for WAF concerns.
I’d be doing 75% movies/TV/Xbox and 25% music.
Thanks in advance and please let me know if I need to provide more info!
EDIT: Forgot to ask - if anyone has any experience with the Salk Songbirds and think they would be worth considering, that is another that is on my radar.