Anyone with experience with the Diamond 9.6s? I currently have B&W CM1s, which are great, but have been itching to return to towers (had Energy C-9s before) because I'm missing that extra bass extension and dynamic oomph. I'm also after something just a bit warmer and more laid back. Since I'm financially tight (as always), I'm looking at options around the price I could get for selling my B&Ws, probably ~$650-700.
The Energy RC-30s are contenders, as well as the Rocket RS450s since both are on sale atm for $700. The 9.6s are attractive however because of 1) 4-way design, 2) impressive extension (even more so than my monstrous C-9s), 3) nice curves, 4) less than $600 a PAIR on that etail online site (is that for real?).
If anyone has any recommendations or advice I'd appreciate it. For instance the Evo2 10 is around the same price as the 9.6. Despite being much smaller (bookshelf) would the Evo2 provide a much improved sound?
edit: If I sold my sub as well I'd have around $1,000 to play with. That would cover the Evo2 30s on etail. Big step up?