Originally Posted by Djoel
Charles (Aka Mozvz ) could give you some insight as well he owns a F113, and also owned the Helicons 300MK1, and MK2's, and 400..
Hope all the Dali owners are enjoying their Dali speakers.
This is a very subjective situation and it's dependent on quite a few things. What's the major part of this gent's listening consist? If he is more 2 channel music inclined, then the 400's would be a better choice. However, if he brings the subs into the experience for 2.2, then the 300's might be a frugal and wiser choice. The subs are there and if you are going to use them, then monitors might be a better choice.
Does he like the look of floor standers versus the monitor's which will require quality stands? They pretty much take up the same floor space, but the monitors are easier to maneuver for placement. Do you listen at really high SPL's? I thought even with my quality stands, there was a tad of resonance on the 300 enclosure when listening at high, high SPL's. Understand my average listening is probably 70-85 DB's, but if you are an ear drum cracker, the 400's might be a better choice.
How far away can he get the speakers away from the wall? Are these MK2's or the classic series?? The MK2's are a bit more forgiving of distance from the wall.
What is the cost difference between the 400 and the 300 series? Are these used or new speakers? There are lots of deals on Agon right now due to economic stress and if you could get the 400's for the price of the 300's by wheeling and dealing, that is something to consider.
The room itself is not really that large. 16 X 9 X 8 is around 1200 CF. Even if dedicated, that space is not cavernous by any means.
Gun to the head if using the subs, I'd opt for the 300's with those 2 JL subs. A pair of 300's with the center channel and those 2 JL's are a very, very nice combination for 2 channel and HT. Both of these speakers are studs. However, this is just one Dali owners opinion. YMMV