Originally Posted by Stereodude
You are most definitely a serial speaker buyer.
Are there any small speakers you haven't tried?
A few questions if you'll indulge me.
1) How long have you had the Airmotiv4?
2) What is your record for keeping one of these speakers on your desk?
3) Have you stopped looking for speakers to use in your office?
Yeah, I am.... and that's not a good thing. My girlfriend wants to strangle me at times.
Some of the speakers weren't bought with the intent of using them on my desktop - Energy RC-10, NHT Absolute Zero, Cambridge S30 - I just tried them out there at some point while I had them.
For example, I had the RC-10 as mains in my living room for 2.5 years or so (excluding the time I had others in their place to demo).... I decided to try them in my office after I upgraded my main setup to NHT Classic 3's... just to make sure I wouldn't regret selling the RC-10... The NHT SZ 2.0 and Absolute Zero were really meant to be bedroom speakers... but also spent time on my desktop.
1) I've had the Airmotiv for almost exactly 2 months.
2) Hmm.... I honestly don't remember which speaker I had on my desk the longest, or how long it was. If I had to guess, it was probably the PSB Image B4, but I did try/buy/resell other speakers during the time I owned them. Some of the others were: Mirage OMD-5, John Blue JB3, Tangent Evo4, NHT Absolute Zero. I really liked the B4 with a sub... the Absolute Zero too (when I had the Gizmo integrated amp with the built in 100Hz xover)... but neither made me happy when run full range without a sub. Personally, I wasn't wowed by the JB3, although still thought it was nice sounding.... and I thought the Evo4 had harsh "glassy" treble.
3) I've stopped actively looking... but that doesn't mean I won't try something else if I find a deal I like. The difficult thing is finding a speaker that isn't overly large that can still play some actual bass on it's own, without it costing an arma and a leg. Like I mentioned, the Airmotiv4 is the first that's really hit those goals for me.
I'd still like to hear the Boston Acoustics VS240 (if I can find a pair) and the PSB Imagine Mini.... but I suspect both will need a sub... and neither is cheap.