Originally Posted by kingofthecrate
I don't quite understand why people are still insisting the OP audition more speakers, He is clearly happy with the SVS and although I thoroughly read and understood this entire post, I still don't know what I want to do LOL!!!
I am trying to unload my B&W CM5's and Centre and this whole time I was thinking about the Sierra towers (with RAAL) until I read more about the Phils, but I only make my 1 year old listen to classical music because I am raising him to be the next Ian Anderson. I personally really only listen to Rock (prog, alt, metal, etc) but I love fusion jazz and salsa or most latin jazz so that really screws me in deciding between a phil or SVS, Ascend, Salk or even Aperion Versus Grand although I do use that room for home theater but more and more I find myself listening to more 2 channel music 75% and 25% HT
I love a great sound stage and get a serious audio boner when the speakers magically disappear, I mean who doesent??? I have a sub as well so getting the deep lows isn't an issue and my set up isnt close to side walls but distancing them up to two feet would be an issue since I do have an open walk way next to the left channel.. I really wonder if the Phil's can't blow me away with heavier music??
My advice is probably worth just what you're paying for it. Nevertheless, I'll opine here for you.
I've auditioned models from all the manufacturers that interest you (plus many more in-house, e.g. Aerial Acoustics, ACI, JBL, Selah, Usher, etc.), though not necessarily all of the specific floorstanding models that interest you. You will not hear a day and night difference amongst them. They're all fine speakers, and they all do what quality speakers are supposed to do. However, there will be audible differences and music-specific influences that you could detect using the A/B method of comparing models.
Let's agree that your own ears and serious (A/B) auditioning on your part is the only way to cleanly answer your dilemma. That said, I believe that the Phils come closest to "disappearing", probably due to the open back/bipolar design of the mid/tweeter section. You can tune them to your specific tastes and setup. And if by "heavier music" you mean the salsa, fusion, jazz, and refined rock...yep, the Phils will do it for you. If you want production of hard rock, loud and party-style speakers, stick with Cerwin Vega or some such.
Finally, note that I could be a fanboy for RAAL tweeters. I've had a love affair with them since they first came out. For my ears, there is no cleaner, more effortless tweeter in existence. But again, that's JMO, FWIW.
And I think the search for the speakers you really want to spend your hard earned cash on is the exciting part of this hobby. Each new speaker heard is filling with anticipation and a challenge in discovery. So enjoy the ride.