Originally Posted by Tephnos
Not much going on here, huh?
An update: Had the demo unit of the LS50s for just over a month. In that period, I haven't once been bothered enough to take the R300s back out and compare them; so I didn't. Laziness? Sure, but it says wonders.
If I have no desire to compare them, then the choice is obvious - sticking with the LS50s. Boxed up the demo units and asked for a brand new pair to be shipped out to me.
In the meantime, I've dug out my HE400i's I bought a while ago and never used until now (as I was fine using the LS50s for everything). Using headphones again after literal years of foregoing them for speakers is weird indeed. I forget just how much soundstage these things can have (nothing compared to the LS50 of course), plus how 'in your face' the subtle details that speakers can hide due to simple proximity is something else!
Belated welcome to the community. Thanks for the report on your LS50s. I too was on the fence and made the same decision, although I didn't have custody of either pair when I ordered my first pair of LS50s.
And I totally understand going back to headphones. Since last Nov. my rig has been in storage while we relocate and refurbish a new to us home. So, it was back to headphones, and computer managed music, which is fine for awhile, but I miss my TTs, tape, and my LS50 surround system.
The soundstage and disappearance act they perform is wondrous, so watch out. Pretty soon you'll be in my predicament. I've been obsessed with this 'soundstage as surround' vision since I saw the pic of the MIT sound lab which had them surrounding the sweet spot, (32?) LS50s in a sphere surrounding, above and below the listening chair. I wonder what that soundstage is like.
Result: turning a fine two channel system into a classic 11.2 system. I'll let the software interpolate the "height/presence" speakers, and just revel in my old surround sound music, and Yamaha's 9 channel stereo mode. Amazing. I really can't stand not having the same soundstage all around, so I have 4 more LS50s to buy for the rears. It will take a while to get the 'boss' to accept that 11 LS50s makes sense. I'm sure there will be some good buys on them down the road that will help.
Then, I'll replace my subs.
You have me curious, what did you decide to do with your R300s? Are they trade in material or are you going to use them in another rig?
Enjoy them, they're habit forming.