In the middle of setting up my first audio system, and am looking for suggestions/advice on a pair of floor-standing speakers.
I reside n New Zealand and don't have the luxury of going out to demo speakers. I'd have to fly to different cities.
My budget is around 5k US.
I'm running a Bel Canto DAC 2.5 straight into a Plinius SA Reference, so no worries about amplification (got a deal on the Plinius, living in NZ has its perks I guess).
I mostly listen to electronic - Drum & Bass, House, Dubstep, anything really. Also Jazz, classical, and old pop/rock.
My room measure 5m x 7m (16f x 23f).
Generally I swing to the lush/laid-back/warm side, and as such had my eyes set on a pair of Sonus Faber Venere 3.0s. I'm just not sure if they'll deliver in the bass department to suit my electronic needs.
I'd prefer to keep things simple with just the floor standers. No sub.
Anyways, here's what I've been looking at. Any feedback much appreciated.
Sonus Faber Venere 3.0 (I'll be able to demo these in a few weeks)
KEF R900 (Dual 8 inch woofers are appealing, and only read good things about mids/highs)
ProAc D18 (These are the only speakers I've heard. Very nice! Assuming I can get even more bass with something like the KEF)
PSB Synchrony One (Could get these in for a demo. Have read they're very flat. Some say boring, no 'wow' factor?)
Thanks in advance