Originally Posted by bqv1910
I have been studying various reviews on speakers and realize that the best way is to audition the speakers, but it is hard to do this with so many speaker choices out there...Just want to check your opinion on these speakers...
My equipment is Cary Cinema 6 and EAD PM-2000. I am looking for a good HT/Music speaker to match with so any suggestion is welcome. If there are any other speaker that you would like to added to the list, that would also be appreciated
B&w Nautilus 804
Focal jm lab Electra 936/927Be/1027Be
Revel performa F-32/F52
PSB Platinum T6/T8
Von schweikert VR4jr/Sr
Dali helicon 400/800
Onix Rocket 1000/ Mini Strata
Whaferdale Opus 2/3
Monitor Audio Gold Reference 20
Dynaudio Contour 1.8-Mark II
Paradigm Studio 100v3
Of those, I've auditioned the b&w 804s, Focal (6 models amongst all of their lines. None that you listed though. Didnt know they had 936 or 927 be.), and the PSB t8. I've auditioned a total of about 25 speakers so far. For the moment, I am heavily leaning toward the b&w's. Martin Logan electrostats have me hooked in a bad way, but tough to pull the trigger on those due to mid-bass issues, price, and difficult loads.
My opinions in a nutshell. Of these three lines, I personally found the Focal line to be either the most forward and/or ear-fatiguing. The 1037be is an awesome speaker, however. Very generally speaking, if you can swing it, I recommend getting the largest size of any line you choose from focal. For instance 918 is missing too much oomph compared to 928, or the same for the bookshelf 1007be, obviously. Even heard the ($90k Grande utopia). Profile line is too forward for me. Choral line is very nice, but just not quite enough detail for me. The Be tweeters are unbelievably unforgiving with old recordings.
PSB t8 has probably the largest soundstage (3x 8" woofers I believe). Issues with undefined/boomy bass several times. Otherwise, pretty balanced, detailed, spacious, just most barely forward. You should be able to find these at much, much less than msrp.
the b&w's are the most linear to my ears. Detractors say they are too bright? They weren't any brighter to me than the psb, and less forward than most of the jm-labs lines. The b&w's midrange and bass has excellent speed, linearity and definition to my ears. The higher registers could use a bit more "richness" or some sort of warmer coloration at times imo, but are very open, with most excellent separation. Sometimes I found some passages to be a bit of what I call "nasal", and Ive used that term for the Be speakers as well. The speaker can find it itself to be forward at times, and it can be surprising when it is the mid's that are so, but rarely.
I would love to hear sometime all of the other speakers you listed.