Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Schenectady, NY
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Alright, so I thought I was dead set on getting B&W 683's after demoing them last night at a local store. I did just buy HTD Level 2's but I found myself wanting a little more. I figured what the hell, Im happy with the HTD's for the most part, but figured i'd go give some higher end speakers a listen full on knowing it would result in me wanting to purchase them and doubting myself constantly.
After doing a lot of reading regarding the matching HSCT1 center and how it has a small sweet spot and the dynamic changes in audio from left to right side given the driver configuration, and really wanting to make sure everything matches as closely as possible Im looking at other alternatives.
My other consideration I can think of is the KEF Q700. I got to demo both the 683 and the Q700, and I will admit I did like the sound of the 683 a little more, I felt it was more natural and had a little more punch to it compared to the KEF, it just seemed a bit more solid and a bit more tight. I loved the sound of the Q700 by itself but had the guy switch between the two and could say I liked the sound of the 683 a bit better, but im thinking if I got them home I would love them (the Q700)
Unfortunately there is a limited selection of high end speakers I can listen to before buying around here, and I'm looking for anyone who has real experiance with these speakers and can give me something that has a similar sound to the B&W 683 around that price range, that has a good timbre matched center. After hearing the dynamic range of a higher end 3 way/ 2.5 way speaker, i just can't get over how enjoyable the sound was.
I was looking at Paradigm Monitor 9's/11 and the SE series, EMPTEK, Arx etc, but I really want to hear from someone who has some real experience with these.
I'd like to keep the price range around the same as what the B&W's would be Front L/R and Center for ~2 Grand
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