I wanted to throw this out in the Monitor Audio thread. Don't know if this is the best place for the question, but here it goes...
Receiver: Yamaha RX-V1700
Willing to spend... 10K
Will go audiogon/used
60% Music / 40% HT (Classic Rock, Mexican Pop, jazz, blues, WOLFMOTHER)
These forums have been invaluable in my understanding of audio, but inevitably lead to a serious upgraditis problem. If I never learn another thing from these forums, it has already been worth it. Advice given on here about room treatments, were spot on. After installing the system, it became apparent that room treatments were needed. I had fabric covered walls installed along with wood blinds. Spent more on the treatments than the speakers, and it was worth every penny. Rekindled my love of music.
On to the issue...
I would like to audition some new speakers. I really like the bass response that I get from the RS8's. Anything less would be unacceptable. Really didn't know what I was missing before. Two things that I would like improvement on are the soundstage and transparency. I really crave transparency in the mid to upper frequencies. I also would like a bigger soundstage from two channel playback. Imaging isn't really a priority for me. I use multi-channel playback on two channel CD's all the time... imaging goes to pot but I grin at the soundstage.
I am going to audition the GS60's, but am starting to think that something like the Dali Helicons may be worth checking out. This may be a stupid post. Cause I am basically saying that I want lots of bass, transparency, and a big soundstage. Basically, everything but imaging as long as it is semi-coherent. I guess I don't really care if the frequency response is all that flat. It is a good academic exercise and worthy of pursuit. For me, though it would just be a starting point to try and muck it up beautifully.
In any event, my decision is what to audition. Ribbons sound interesting. Is there an advantage/disadvantage with the ribbon vs. cone or dome? Specifically, as it relates to the RS8's or GS60's