As I posted a while back, I'm in the process of acquiring speakers, and I've been planning to go with the Radius line. Specifically, 90 rears, 225 center and 270 mains (+ sub, TBD). I already picked up the 90s and I've been quite pleased so far (though without the sub the lack of bass is, of course, obvious).
This weekend I was in Manhattan and wandered into a audio place while my wife was shopping. I started talking to a rep and explained my plan. The place sells MA, and the rep spoke highly of the 90s (and MA in general) but was rather critical of the 270s. He felt that they weren't a very substantial speaker for the price, especially relative to the 90s. (I can understand: the 270s are just a 90 with an additional 4" driver, all in a bigger enclosure, right?) He thought a pair of bookshelves with a good sub might be sufficient in lieu of the 270s.
Specifically, he showed me the era Design 4s. I hadn't heard of era, but I see they have a small following around here. I have to say, I was impressed. I was able to audition them and swap back and forth with the R90s, and they seemed a more impressive speaker to me (I suppose they should, for 50% more $). The had a fuller sound, and especially the mids. (The rep even switched over to a pair of Sonus Faber Auditor Ms, and while those are in a totally different class, I still liked the sound of the D4s.) The 270s were in a different room, so I couldn't listen side-by-side.
Sorry for the long post, but here's the question: Any thoughts on the 270s, especially relative to a second pair of bookshelves (either 90s or D4s)? Tim, I know you've listed to all of these, thoughts? I have to say, I love how the 270s look, they're really sharp. But my wife isn't keen on floor standers, so she'd be excited about going the bookshelf route. Plus, I'm not buying speakers just to look at them. I'm concerned about sound quality but also about volume, and here the 270s might win out.
As for the R90 vs. D4 decision, I realize that one's more up to me and my tastes, but I'd gladly hear other opinions, too. If I went with the D4s, I'd probably keep my current 90s as rears, even though they're not matched, leaving me an easy way to upgrade one or the other.
As always, thanks all.