Originally Posted by Orwellflash
Auditioning LS50's at home. I am focusing solely on bookshelf, stand-mounted speakers because my wife won't accept speakers permanently away from the walls, and I don't blame her, even though I would gladly make the trade-off, and pay the price, to get better sound. In short, I need a speaker that I can move around. I have a love/hate relationship with them so far--with some music, like chamber ensembles or solo instruments, they are incredible, but with massed sound (choral, symphony) and loud high female vocals or harmonizing voices they often sound fuzzy and tizzy. I am hoping that they improve with time (only a 10 hours or so on them) or i can find the magic placement that will overcome their shortcomings. Anyway, a well-recorded string quartet through them is the closest to live i have ever heard. I started listening to some of Emerson SQ's Bartok, and I ended up sitting there listening to all 5 straight through--heard detail that transformed the pieces for me and was simply awe inspiring. The complete Peer Gent (Jarvi and Gothenberg) was jaw dropping as well. Ditto for Santana Supernatural and Koite/ Bibb Brothers in Bamako. I have to say that I will have a hard time giving them up--I would keep them just for the music they sound great with, but my wife would rebel at multiple speaker sets!
Perhaps I should try the Diamond 805's but I can't imagine paying $5,000 for them--it would somehow violate my sense of proportion. Maybe the CM5's will wow me, I will have them here to do an "AB' comparison this weekend, but I doubt I will prefer them to the LS50's.
I have a new Creek Destiny amp and Oppo 105 as a media player/DAC, and will hopefully have a Synology disk station and Nexus tablet combo up and running by Sunday--a first attempt to create a digital cloud approach to my music library.
Anybody out there who is having the same experience? Suggestions?
Update: Yikes, mysteries are fun unless they are happening to you. I borrowed a couple of amps from a local dealer over the past week or so--a NAD375BEE and a Peachtree Nova 125. I also found that the RCA buzz which happened between the Oppo 105 and the Creek Destiny amp went away when I switched to my Oppo 93 (!), but the Oppo 105 did not produce a buzz with a Pioneer 1021 receiver I use in HT. Anyway, I never resolved the mystery, but found that the class B NAD sounded great with the Kef LS50 speakers--that shrill, fuzzy high frequency sound just went away. I finally was able to hear the wonderful clarity and detail of the Kefs that everyone has been raving about. So, I returned my Creek amp and the Oppo 105, and bought the NAD amp.
I listened to several high-end tube amps at muy local dealter and found them to be not that different, to my ears, from the much less expensive digital amps. The one truly impressive listening experience I had there was a (brief) listening to Magnepan 3.7's, priced at $5K, with a Krell subwofer, priced at $2K. Of course, it was hooked up to several thousand $'s worth of amps, preamps, dacs and cd players as well. Anyway, it was simply marvelous and life like, particularly at high volumes. Wow! I preferred it to the B&W 800s hooked up to a $80,000 system, though only had a few minutes to listen. But there is no way I am going to spend that kind of money on these ears, and my wife would totally veto the huge Magnepan membranes that have to stand well away from the walls. Anyway I am sort of burned out by the quest and ready to enjoy my new system as soon as the NAD arrives. Glad I didn't give up on those LS50's!