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In an attempt to wrap things up I thought I'd post an update. I've found speakers I'm very happy with, but it was a bit of a journey.
Because I like B&W as a brand, and because I could try them locally, I started with the 685s2. I liked them well enough, but imaging wasn't where I wanted it, and then they announced the new 600 line literally 2 days later. So those went back.
My next set was the Emotiva B1. I was pretty floored by those little guys honestly, for the price and size. Never did get the image I wanted, but that is probably more due to me not knowing how or wanting to take the time to play with placement and toe-in. The deal-killer for me was their lack of dynamic punch at louder volumes, and their loss of composure with complex music. So those went back.
Keeping with the Emotiva trend, I snagged a T2 pair. These definitely took care of the dynamics and composure issue. But man, they are *large* and *not* particularly attractive. I also came to realize I didn't care for how they sounded at more modest listening levels. They had a solid center image when positioned correctly, but to get that I had toe them in significantly and push them out into the room, and that just wasn't happening. So those went back (shipping those back was painful....literally and figuratively).
I'm now sitting here listening to my new Kef R300. I have them sitting a little further apart than the others, and toed-in pretty aggressively towards the center. In this configuration, imaging at my coveted "left side of couch" position is as good as the others, which is to say it's good enough for casual listening and TV, and probably as good as it's ever going to get. But oh my god when you're sitting in the middle of the couch...insane. I've never in my life heard such a convincing center image with 2 speakers, but it's not just limited to the center, there seems to be a pretty solid front sound stage where things are placed very accurately throughout the entire ~15 feet or so between speakers, and even extending slightly beyond. There have even been times when I swear it's sounded like sounds are coming from halfway between me and the speakers, or even to my left and behind. There've been several times since last night where I've looked around wondering "wtf was that?", only to realize it was something I'm playing or watching. Incredible.
Speaking of incredible, I've been playing the Battlefield V beta on Xbox One X, and it sounds phenomenal through these. The imaging and soundstage that these throw out add so much more than I thought they would to the gaming experience. I'm being enveloped by a very well-defined wall (maybe "wave" is a better word) of sound that's somehow 3-dimensional, meaning there's not just width and placement left-to-right, but there's DEPTH as well. I've never experienced that. It's intoxicating. This is exactly what I've been looking for.
Last edited by swartzy.baby; 09-07-2018 at 06:35 AM.