I meant it, for I have friends who moved to WL or Westwood when kids get to highschool. It is good to hear that your kids were out of school. Mine still have years to go.
Greatly appreciate your comments on the speakers.
I started to come back audio hobby, for I recently got an Oppo 205, the last batch of production. I got the NuForce STA200 based on TAS review and it is on sale for $500. Now I am in the search for the speakers. I listen to all types of music, from classical to new age (Enya), ballads from Scorpion, Metallica, rock from Eagles, but mainly vocal and instrumental (piano, violine, and guitar).
Do u think Phil 3 is an end game speakers? I may stretch my budget to get those. What i am afraid is my family room is too small for Phil 3 and the roomvcan not be acoustically treated, for it is open to the kitchen. My current speakers, infinity primus 363 are 9.5 feet apart, and the distance from listening to the center of the speakers is 9.5 feet.
For current budget and room limitation, I think
-LS50 for 1k, raved by most audiophile magazines, good resale value. Class A Stereophile.
BMR from Dennis seems best performance/ price ($1350). Don't know resale value. Flat frequency response ,accurate. However, some people say accurate may not be exciting. From Stereophile measurement of Primus 360, it is very flag, but they are not quite audiophile speakers, are they?
-Monitor Audio Silver 300 ($2000) recommended by many audiophile magazine, Stereophile Class B. Good resale value.
-JBL Studio 580, wait for JBL sale to get cheap for $500. And look for a n end game speakers later.
For the high, do the BMR with Raal Ribbon sound better than LS50. Is the Raal Ribbon too analytic?
Do u know anyone in Austin or Houston has an BMW so I can listen to them.