Originally Posted by Monkish54
I have gone to numerous A/V stores and listened to many a different brand. I have listened to Def Tech, Canton, Paradigm, Magnepan, and B&W. I much preferred the B&W CM9s. They were laid back and VERY true-to-source. Unlike the Paradigms, which I felt were kind of in my face. I was wondering If there are any other speakers in the $0-$3500 (per speaker) price range that are as true-to-source or more true-to-source than the B&Ws?
I recommend you listen to Dynaudio speakers, as the goal of this company since their establishment is to create neutral speakers true to the original scores with the highest fidelity. After a few decades Dynaudio is now a world class top tier audiophile brand, producing one of the most natural, neutral and musical speakers. Below $3500 there are some really great choices from Dynaudio.
The other brands you mentioned here are also quite neutral except the Canton (I have recently auditioned several of them including the Reference 3.2 DC and they lean slightly towards the bright side). However these speakers may not sound good to you. Def Tech Mythos ST/STS are quite clinical and are not refined enough. Not sure what Magnepan models you listened to but their top models are very good to excellent.
The Wilson audio Sasha speakers are the other most neutral and natural speakers true to the original sources I have ever heard apart from the Dynaudio.
As you said the B&W CM9s are laid back ... how can they be true-to-source if they are so laid back? Any big deviation from the source is not true to the source. IMO they lack details and too slow to be true to the source.