Threes are shipping! OMG! Best news I have heard in a while. So whens the four shipping
I have been searching for a while to find speakers to replace my Meadowlark but so far have not really heard any better for the price I am willing to pay. Problem so far is that speakers that do well for Stereo just seem to lack that last bit of detail in HT and those that do well in HT is just too detailed in Stereo :P Guess there might just not be a way to do well in both short of playing with contour or EQ and such.
These are the speakers I have heard and some comments on what I feel about them. Note that I do seem to have a dislike for metal tweeters and most I have heard are defintely detailed but I do feel my ears hurting the next day if I do a long listening session to them.
B&W 600 series - Splashy and a little disjointed.
B&W 700 series - Really liked the sound of them Detailed and yet not harsh. Mids could just be alittle better. Was almost ready to pull the gun on the 705 as they seem to do well for both HT/Stereo which is rare. Will have to relisten after hearing the others I am looking forward to hear.
KEF Q7s - A little lean in the mids on stereo but pretty detailed and not harsh. They somehow do fall down on HT but I believe it could be due to the fact the dealer could only use a 85 watts reciever to drive them for me. At the volumes I listen to they just could not keep up and the soundstage just collaspe and became very harsh sounding.
NHT Twos - Mids too lean and defintely too polite a speaker good imaging and soundstaging though. Looking forward to hearing the Threes and fours. I am going to listen to the M5/T5 as my dealer has one piece left that he is willing to let go at a very good price.
Thiels 1.6 - 4 years back I was hoping to get them but they were just over what I was willing to pay for. 4 years later after a night listening(just last night) at a friends place who happens to use the same processor as me was enlightening. I love them for Music and they did surprising well for HT. Detailed yet not harsh. Mids to die for and oh, they just did something right about horn instruments like trumpets, sax etc. They just seem to produce that initial dynamics that horn speakers produce but without compromising on the timbre. Voices are smooth as silk and cymbals are detailed yet not splashy
At the current price it is going at effectively the same as the 705 for me I have this right at the top of my list.
Speakers I am hoping to listen before making my decisions are NHT threes and fours, M&K 750 series (Lightly to be too bright for me unless I really damp the whole place down), JM Lab, Elacs 207.2 & the next range up for KEF & Maybe the Ascend if I can find it somewhere. GR Research seems interesting but that would mean buying blind.