Originally Posted by keyboardcat
I think that either way whatever choice that you make any of those speakers should sound good.
Ok, so update, I went today to another store were I was able to find some speakers to try out, they had some ELACs, CANTONs, Magnats and HECOs, unfurtanely not all of the models that I wanted to try, so I tried the following models:
Magnat Vector 207 219€/each and Quantum 805 779€/each
CANTON GLE 470 169€/each, GLE 490 249€/each and Chrono 509 399€/each
Heco Victa 701 174€/each (they had the Metas last week, now they´re sold out
Lucky me, they had the Denon 2113 so I could actually try them with my receiver and have more precise idea of how they would sound like.
Here are the impressions:
Heco Victa 701:
First I listened to the Victa 701 since that was my curiosity, all of the speakers are not burned out, as a matter of fact the guy told me I´m one of the least customers that takes those kinds of speaker trials, so he may say they all have aruond 8-9h playing time, when too much.
Tried with different genres, some pop, techno, upbeat stuff, I must say that the stae image is very wide, the details are very good, the music has a lot of body, deep bass and wide mids, for my test it lacked a bit of high freqs, but great response, as I´m saying a little bit layed back.
With some alternative like Young the Giant´s "Cough Syrup" the sound is even clearer, and you´d have a little bit more of high frequency, still the sound is very robust and wide.
Couldn´t try rock, though with ballads like Whitney Houston´s "I will always love you" the sound is just amaying.
Overall, I felt like they weren´t bright enough, so, next speakers:
Same music, Canton 470s lacks of detail, they can be very loud but its just like a begginer level, sound stage not so wide, not bad but also not the level I´m looking for, the 490 had the detail that the 470s were lacking of, though the sound stage image was not much bigger, I think it has to do with the size of the boxes, and they were a little too bright for me.
Canton Chrono 509:
Here we´re stepping up to the next level, wider stage image, great detail, much more balanced than the other ones, still too bright, in most of the HipHop like Mariah Carey´s "My Love", you could actually here the highs imposing themselves over the voice sometimes, though its maybe an issue that can be corrected running the Audyssey, don´t know, still I like a wider sound stage image.
Didn´t like them at all, to be honest, in all of the sound it sounded like if the band was playing in a little room, too compressed, and almost no detail (for my ears) have to say that this was the smaller box from all of them, the bigger one is the one from the Victas...
Seems like with Magnat, in order to achieve a decent sound you have to step up to the mid-high range of speakers, I could try a couple of more speakers from Magnat but I´m not mentioning it because they all had the same issue from the 207s, so I got curious and tried the Quantums...My God! this box is bigger than the one from the Victas, so the stage image was even bigger, more space between instruments, very balanced sound, simply great, but way out of my reach right now, so I just tried them so that I can give you guys some tips about it in case its helpful.
So after listening to all of them, at last I stayed with a bit of a taste from the Victas, and managed to convince the guy to run the Audyssey correction system with this babies to see if I was right and the balancing problem would be solved...and WOILA! sound balanced, great detail, much better highs still warm sound, a bit layed back at low volumes, very impressive at high ones!
WINNER BETWEEN THESE ONES: Heco Victas 701
Afterwards I was speaking with the guy and he told me that if I was impressed with the sound of the Victas, then I should get the Metas 501, that would be closer to this ones but still better, or even the Metas 701, they´re a bit more expensive but it is a great step up in sound quality, on his own words "its just as you heard the Victas with the Audyssey correction, but even better without it!!" so I don´t know...I couldn´t hear them.
I was clever enough to go to a different store to avoid hungry salesmans, and they actually have the KEFs though one cannot try them out, he says that the problem is that KEF wont give the stores a "Tryout Pair" so afterwards if they take the risk of plugging them in and they get burned or something, the store will loose the money, that´s why most of the stores won´t let you try them, still he told me in his personal opinion that even though the engineering behind the KEFs is amazing, to get that wide stage image I should get a standspeaker, not the small ones, and that he prefers Heco since its an older and more experienced company than KEF, though its just his personal opinion.
I also spoke with my friend and he told me he used to have Cantons as his first speakers, after he heard Heco and found a much detailed sound on them and better quality materials, so he jumped up to the Victas ´cause he had the same problem I had when I tried them out, he found that the 169€ Victa 501 would sound better than a 400€ Canton speaker, now he bought the last pair of Metas 701 in the store so that´s why they don´t have more!, and I can´t listen to them on his house either since he´s getting them in 2 weeks.
Anyways, hope this information will help other people, and still await for any advices you could give me guys, thanks for reading!! you´re awesome