I was into the audio store again last night to do some listening. I am still torn between the Image or Imagine lines and figured more listening couldn't hurt. I wanted to hear the Imagine T2 towers, unfortunately they did not have any to listen to. I was able to A/B some Image B6 and Imagine B speakers. The Image B6 sounded very good, but once the Imagines were on it was no comparison. The sound on the Imagine B was much wider and a bit more detailed. After listening to there's I asked him to switch over to the T6 towers. The T6 were impressive compared to either of the others (as to be expected comparing a tower to a bookshelf), but they did sound a tiny bit boomy in the mid bass. In the other room he had the Imagine T towers, they sounded excellent. The small drivers were putting out a health amount of very detailed bass with excellent detail. This session didn't allow me to listen to the Imagine T2, but it made me think that the Imagine T towers would suit me fine, and the T2 towers could only sound better still.
I asked the shop owner for his opinions on the different towers, he said in the under $2000 range he sold a lot of the PSB T5 and T6, but above that price point he sold more B&W CM8 and CM9 over the Imagine towers. He suggested I come back and A/B the Imagine T and the CM8 when I had more time. His take was that for mostly HT and some music the T6 and matching Image speakers would be great, but for more critical music listening the next step up was going to be worth the extra money. I forced an opinion out of him, he said he personally preferred the CM9 to the T2 towers.
Whatever I buy will be powered by my NAD T757.
Suggest to him that you would like to audition the demo speakers in your home before you make a decision and see waht he says. I auditioned Synchrony Ones for a week before deciding to buy them. I had them long enough that I even ran an Audyssey calibration. Nothing compares to listening to speakers in your own room.