Originally Posted by MarsianMan
Is there anything I can do to help those comparisons? Any listening material suggestions? Any measurements that would be useful--assuming I can get the equipment for cheap?
Having just finished my own shootout, here are some suggestions.
I guess you will have three at once. Spend some time with each alone with the others off to the side. Work with positioning of each to find the best distance from the walls, distance apart, and toe in, so you have a good idea of how they sound. I did notice bass reinforcement when I put the speakers next to each other as compared to when they were by themselves.
When you do put them all out to compare, line them up
A B C......A B C
A B C.....C B A
Try to figure out a way you can switch pairs with a remote, so you do not have to get up. It was much easier for me to notice differences when I could replay a short passage and quickly switch back between the two sets. My receiver allows me to switch speakers A and B on the remote. If you have that, you might want to not do all three at once, but instead start with A and B, then A and C, then B and C.
Or, even better, have someone else switch so you do not know which set is playing.
Some tracks I liked
Rodrigo y Gabriella. "Tamacun"
U2 "running to stand still"
Marcus miller, pretty much any track
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms disc
Sarah McLachlan "Fear"
Post pics for us too, so we can see the relative size and looks of each.
Ultimately, decide what sounds best to you with your favorite music