Originally Posted by yyz67
I'm new to the speaker search thing. I've had a few email exchanges with Jim S. which have been very helpful. I was interested in the STs, but then learned about the SCSTs, and then the SS M7s. In my space I like the size of the STs/SCSTs, but could probably go as "large" as the M7s. I know the M7s don't extend as low as the SCs but also feature the better SS drivers.
- Goals: disappearing speakers and a reasonably wide sweet spot
spot (ideally full couch width) for imaging
- Volume: moderate/loud (80-90 dB), occasional 95-100dB
- Content: 70 music (rock, jazz, elec, ambient, some classical) / 30 TV/HT
- Music listening: generally 2.0 stereo, but also may be okay with 2.1 - I have a DefTech sub but might upgrade at some point to Rythmik/Hsu/...
- Room: 12 x 26 (but one front side is open)
- Speaker placement: 1-2 feet (max 3 ft) from front walls
- I have a mid-range Yamaha A/V and will probably upgrade but stay with an A/V for the near future
- Stereo pair budget: ideal=2K, if wow'd=5K
- Anyone hear the SCSTs (or STs) side by side with the M7s or SS8s? I know the bass is not comparable among these, but curious more about the midrange, soundstaging, and sweet spot for listening
- Would a standard A/V be able to power the M7s?
- If the M7s are ported (not TL?) does this make placement more tricky?
- Any other advice, other things to consider?
I'm kind of in the same boat as you. Midrange Yamaha Reciever ($1,500 when new) V1700. Looking to get a significant upgrade on 2CH. Similar room setup it seems too, can do 18 inches form the wall, wife won't have them in the middle of the room lol...
I did a lot of listening at RMAF, I Heard the SCST and the SS8's. The SS8's were unbelievably good.
The SCST's highs and midrange sounded nearly as good...imaging was a bit better on the SS8's in my recolection but the SCST's were also good. The ribbon tweeter was just incredible on these speakers.
The others that got my attention at RMAF - PSB Imagine T2's (3,500/pair), PSB Synchrony 1's ($5,500/pair), Dynaudio's entire line impressed me, B&W CM9's (or was it the CM8's? I can't remember), and of course Salk. Salk left the biggest impression, the SCST's were fantastic. PSB was a close second with just how damn good the T2's sounded. Salk can be put closer to the walls from what I'm reading and the ribbon tweeter minimizes reflections with the ceiling but creates a reasonably broad stage.
I'm still having trouble narrowing it down to what exactly I"ll buy. I did some auditioning of Paradigm and Dynaudio today...Paradigm is for SURE out. Dynaudio is still on the list for now. Great open highs...hard to compare when the PSB, Dyn's and Salk's can't be heard in the same room...