Been a while since I've been on here. I'm contemplating a new speaker purchase for the first time in years (I've been into DIY for quite a few years). I'm still into DIY, but want something with a commercial finish for the living room. I live in NYC, so living rooms are small; mine is 12x16. The plus side is that its not a lot of space for a speaker to have to fill. This is going to be paired with my Topping TP-22 t-amp with a roku 3 as "media streamer".
I'm looking for a stereo pair, something that sounds good even at lower volumes (I rarely listen at concert levels). As it is, these things are virtually impossible to audition, with the exception of BB/Magnolia. My budget is around $500. The speakers I'm considering are:
NHT SuperZero 2.1's with the Super 8 (Have not heard them & I'd prefer not going with a sub as I've always found it to be a pia when switching from movies to music).
Definitive Tech SM45 (Heard them, and thought they sounded pretty good, nothing special & looked just ok to me).
Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 or 2 (Have not heard them - going by the rave reviews. They look good too).
KEF Q100/300: (Have not heard, like the look - but most likely I'll be daydreaming about the R100's or LS50's with these).
Music Hall Marimba - looks like it should be wearing a klh or insignia badge, but something about it's understated look grabs me.........and not every kid on the block has one.
Ascend CBM- 170se - looks generic and not crazy about the proportions, but nice to see they're flush mounting the drivers now.
And of course the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR: (Heard them at BB, horrible place to listen to a speaker and I didn't feel like asking the sales guy to bring them into Magnolia area). I like bang for the buck and am not a snob - I could care less what name is on the grill as long as the thing sounds good and looks good (Which they do without the grills - with the grills they're ugly - not sure what they were thinking; should have done a standard rectangular grill - it would have looked much better).