Originally Posted by Kini62
My room is identical in size so I don't understand the lack of room. As you can see from my signature I'm running a set of fairly large, rear ported towers and I have plenty of room. The rear of the speakers are about a foot to a foot and a half off the front wall.
If you're running a pair of subs that you like, don't worry about the bass from your speakers as long as they have good output to about 10-20hz below the crossover you select.
Don't know what you're budget is but there a lot of choices, some with free shipping and generous in home demo periods.
If you're not interested in the internet route get the ones you like best out of the ones you've listened to.
If it were me, I'd be looking at much larger speakers. All things being equal, bigger speakers = bigger sound.
I currently live in Mexico, I would need to have them shipped from the US (which is a hazzle and expensive when dealing with tower speakers). I'll be spending around $650 USD if I shop locally. Most stores here won't let you home demo. I think Best Buy might, but their speaker catalogue is not as extensive as what you find across the border. You can special order some stuff but you run the risk of not liking the speakers (Def Tech for example).
In terms of space, this is my bedroom we're talking about. I have several pieces of furniture around the room including a big working desk and a bed.
I can already make the walls vibrate with my subs, but that's not really my intention. I'm looking for a nice blend between easy going but detailed sound.
While I did like the strong bass sound output of the MA MR-4s I tried today, I'm sure they could easily be overwhelming for my enviroment. I also found the metallic tweeters on both PSBs and MAs just* a bit harsh for my liking. I'm probably used to the DLS 1" silk dome tweeters I have in my car.
From what I heard today, it's clear to me that the best choice if you're into electronic music is the whole MA line. Their outstanding speakers, very alive. Bass is tight, fast and in general they can get very loud- even the MR1's.
It wasn't until I used my own original Doors CD when I started to realize they were probably not the best option for my personal music taste.
The T1 PSBs sounded a bit more flat and natural, but I was slightly disappointed with the .75" aluminium tweeter that is also used in the B5 image. I did like the B5's midbass driver better (from all the listening done today).
The Cambridge suffers in the lowest end bass department, specially once you compare them to the MRs. The woofer seems to vibrate and distorts when it reaches its limits while I had a hard time trying to replicate this behaviour even with the MR1s. It´s funny how the monitor audio MR4s and MR1 speakers made evident the s70's and s30's flaws while the reverse was also true once I started listening to my own music. In the end, I think I'm willing to sacrifice some less refined bass in favor of a more pleasent (at least to me) silk dome tweet.
Maybe if the PSB B5/T5 had a better tweeter they would be ideal for me.
It was not easy to compare this speaker sets since every single driver excelled but was also a bit lacking in different areas. Superiority is very subjective and source dependant in this case.
I'm still curious about the Bostons mentioned above, but if I can't find somewhere to demo them I'm leaning towards the Cambridge for the time being.
My intention is to run S30's as center and surround speakers plus S70's as fronts.
The salesman wanted me to buy the MA's right from the start and not to give Cambridge a chance.
Do I have such a horrid taste for speakers?