Originally Posted by 71fulkerson
The room is 26’ by 15’ by 8’. There is a fireplace right opposite the TV. So I will need a set which does not force me to the exact sweet spot which will be in front of the fireplace all the time. I may do it sometimes when I want to just purely listen.
My considerations are to eventually move to a 5.1 system but right now start with a 3.0 system. I am not too fussed about sound for movies as I watch mainly detective dramas and documentaries. But sometimes I watch action flicks or cool nature documentaries.
I really like jazz (small bands with good horns and rhythm section, female vocalists), classical (chamber orchestras), indian classical with percussion and flute/strings, acoustic rock/folk, rock and roll in roughly that order. Favorite albums/artists: Tenor/alto/trump sax (getx, Coltrane, Lester, Louis, Hodges, Pepper, Desmond, Sonny Rollins), Billie, Ella, Madeleine Peyroux, Bach/Vivaldi, Steely Dan’s especially can’t buy a thrill, Pink Floyd, Allman brothers.
I was quoted the Paradigm prestige 75f for 2800/pair which was a bit too rich for my budget. I am looking for 1500/pair tops and one with limited fussing with amps etc.
I have a back up room (15 by 15) where maximum width apart is 9 ft and the room length is 15’. Carpeted but opening out into a kitchen. I may do a soundbar for TV and keep the music system in the back up room which may mean smaller speakers then what I need for the big room.
Room size has nothing to do with speaker selection, only listening distance does. (Room size however has everything to do with SUBWOOFER selection, if looking to do an LFE-intensive HT setup which you are not.)
Your musical tastes are similar to mine, as are your movie tastes (not into detective dramas, but dramas in general which are mostly dialogue not flashy sound effects).
IMO there are two types of music listeners: analytical, and emotional. The analytical listener wants to hear every last detail in the music, and loves to somewhat detachedly observe specific audio attributes in music: soundstage and imaging, attack and decay, etc. The emotional listener is more focused on getting "the soul" of the music---on a presentation that is first and foremost EMOTIONALLY INVOLVING, where he can effortlessly sit and listen for long periods at a time, with zero listening fatigue or effort.
I started out as an analytical listener and was big into highly accurate, detailed and "neutral" speakers at first.
Then one day I heard a "warm" speaker and was blown away. Have never looked back...the way I look at it, I want to see and enjoy the forest, not fixate on and micro-examine the trees.
So, during your trips to shops to listen to various speakers, first figure out which type of listener you are. THEN come back for specific recs.