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Hi All,

After brainstorming a lot for AVR its time now I am supposed to move for speakers.
I had auditioned Polk/PSB/MA/KEF/Klipsch/Wharfedale and below are my personal reviews:

POLK RTi A7/CSX4/FX4/DDWPRO660i + Denon: Nice speaker sets but sounded bit on brighter side to me. Everything was fine though except bass which sounded bummy to me.

POLK RTi A9/CSX6/FX6/DDWPRO660i + Denon: Much better than A7. Still I consider it bit bright compared to other sounds from other brands. If budget permits, surely this set is in my list.

PSB Image T5/C5/S5/SUB200 + NAD: Best of class around what I had heard. Crisp, crystal & clear. All ranges are clear and sweet to ears. Though bit costly as per this segment is considered. I need to listen them in another session to make sure that they doesn't fatigue ears. These sets are good for music as well as HT. They come on my list.

KEF Q700/200/800Ds/400b + Denon: Musical speakers for peoples who consider music as their first choice over HT. Much warmer and crisp and clear ranges. Some people might not find them great as they are warmer in sound and we guys are not used to listen much warmer sound for long duration (this is my perceptions) Though these sets need to be paired with subs as they lack bass punch. I might recommend them for serious music listening. I didn't got chance to audit Q900 or else would be able to describe this set much better with their performance. Though they come on my list I need to listen them once again to understand whether they suit my needs

MA RX6/RX C/BX/SV12NSD & GX50 + Denon/Pioneer: Good speakers that can be considered for HT as well as music. GX50 comes with ribbon tweeter which makes you feel difference for highs. As this set was paired with SVS subs, most of my concentration was drawn towards the punch of subs during demo of HT. I was sold for these subs. In fact during audition I was just thinking about sub effect Anyways both of these speaker series are serious contenders and can be compared with PSB and KEF for serious music. Currently they are out of my list as they are bit costlier not fitting my budget.

Wharfedale and Klipsch+Denon/Marantz: I won't be able to describe them much better as I was not able to hear them for more than 7-9 mins. They were just not sounding right at given moment. So currently not considering them but might try to hear them again in case they change my reviews.

As per now A9/PSB5 & KEFQ700 drops on my list. All these speakers are excellent and I like them. Problem is that I am not able to concentrate on any one of them. They are very different from each other and do best in their series/category. Can owners of these brands help me in understanding their +points. Actually I had auditioned these speaker sets for half an hour or so, so currently I am confused how these speakers might actually be to my ears when I would try to listen them for long hours?

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With such short auditions and many different setups it´s probably a bit overwhelming and difficult to rely on memory to make a decision. I would go back and listen to your favorites and try to see if you can audition with the same equipment. The best way to audition would be to try speakers at home in your environment and with your electronics.

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Hey Postrokfan,

I had done these auditions on different days. In India (New Delhi-NCR) it is very difficult to get speaker sets at home to auditions unlike states/Europe. One need to make decision at demo-room/showroom itself.

I did audition few brands for half hour. Though I think I need to do auditions once again and listen them for long time with music as well as movies to get better idea.

My idea here was to understand level of comfortness from owners of these shortlisted brands. Wanted to understand whether I might feel fatigue once bringing these sets at home. I don't want to ruin my investment.

Just looking out if guys out there can help in understanding smoothness and crystal clarity of vocals/music from these speakers.

Thanks
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Hey Postrokfan,

I had done these auditions on different days. In India (New Delhi-NCR) it is very difficult to get speaker sets at home to auditions unlike states/Europe. One need to make decision at demo-room/showroom itself.

I did audition few brands for half hour. Though I think I need to do auditions once again and listen them for long time with music as well as movies to get better idea.

My idea here was to understand level of comfortness from owners of these shortlisted brands. Wanted to understand whether I might feel fatigue once bringing these sets at home. I don't want to ruin my investment.

Just looking out if guys out there can help in understanding smoothness and crystal clarity of vocals/music from these speakers.

Thanks

I understand. In this case I would definitely listen to the PSB Image series and MA RX6 again. I would consider these fairly non-fatiguing speakers

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