Joey, yes I certainly want to audition the Mini's. In fact, I will be heading to Craigsub's place (provided things are going well with his sister) next weekend. He has a pair of Mini's and many other speakers available for audition. I have known him on this forum for years, but we have never had the chance to meet. Well, its finally going to happen.
Joey, even though I am going to hear the Mini's at Craig's I would certainly love to hear what else you have, and also how the Mini's sound in a different room environment. Do you live in Chicago or a suburb of it? Chi-town is only a 100 minute drive or so for me (without traffic) so it's definitely worth the trip. Thanks for the offer!
So this weekend didn't go as planned. I ended up having to work a side-job at the last minute, so all of my attention went to that. However, I already have plans to hit 2 or 3 of the nicer B&M shops around here this weekend. I will be in Madison on Saturday for most of the day, but I may be able to sneak into a shop while there or in the late afternoon. Tomorrow night I will try to hit one as well. Finally, the Packers don't play Sunday, so I will definitely make an audition trip then.
Here is a list of the local shops and what they carry. Can those who have heard these brands give their impressions (thanks to those that already have)?Ultra Fidelis: MilwaukeeSonus Faber
This store is my favorite of the local shops because of the variety and setup. The building is an old two story house and has showrooms set up on each level. I have the most experience with Vandersteen of the speaker brands I listed above, of course.
I have also heard the Monitor Audio RS6' and 8's and the ProAc's (forget what model). I should mention, while I search for my perfect speaker I will also be searching for a "perfect" set of front end electronics. Ultra Fidelis also carries Parasound, Halo and Audio Research pre amps and amps. It's been a while since I have been there, so it should be a blast. I think I will need an entire day dedicated to this shop...maybe two.Flanners Audio and Video: BrookfieldMartin Logan
Definitive TechnologyAudio Emporium: Brown DeerB&W
Of the other mentioned brands I have the most experience with B&W, Paradigm, Canton and Def Tech. I quickly dismissed Def Tech the few times I heard them because I don't like the sound of a bi/di-polar. I do like Paradigm, but it's been a while since I last listened, and since then they released .v4.
Anyway, I hope to hear all of those brands by the end of the month. After that I will start heading out of state or to other cities in WI. I believe Green Bay and Madison have some B&M shops.
So that's where I am with my "journey." I have been stuck at a stand-still until this point, but that's going to change this weekend. Woohoo; I cannot wait!
Speaking of which, I am going to listen to a lot of Mark Schifter's products while at Craigs. As I said in my very first post, I will certainly be auditioning a lot of the ID products because of their performance to value ratio. Reading about Mark Schifter's products gets me real excited because he always has something new up his sleeve or a way to better improve his current products. So yeah, I think it's safe to say I am very much looking forward to the road trip (I have heard and owned Rocket's before, but now I get to audition the newer Rockets with the Danny Richie crossover, not to mention other speaker lines from Mr. Schifter.). Yippee!
Wish me luck and thanks for all the help!