Originally Posted by Zorba922
1. What genres of music do you listen to most often?
2. HOW LONG do you listen to music...short bursts of maybe 20-40 minutes at a time, or long multi-hour sittings?
3. HOW do you listen to music...analytically (enjoy picking out specific details and attributes of the sound), or emotionally (just close your eyes, stop thinking and let the music take you away)?
If you listen to slower, simpler and midrange dominant genres like vocal/acoustic rock and pop, jazz, or classical, I would go for the Wharfedales. Faster, complex, and high-energy dynamic music, the Polks.
Long sittings, the Wharfedales are sure to NOT be fatiguing. Especially if you have a highly reflective room.
Analytical & short time listening = you'll likely be happier with the Polks.
Wow, thank you for that input.
In terms of genres, quite mixed actually: Alternative, Rock, Pop, EDM, Trance, Country, Guitar Music.
Additionally, these will be used for a home-theater as well, which will be mostly movies and some TV serials. Not sports or news though.
Duration would be 2 hours and upwards. On weekends could be for several hours.
Bulk of the music listening experience will be in the background, while doing some online reading, or other things.
Originally Posted by GGRR8T
FWIW WOOT (owned by Amazon) is selling the S50's for $160. If you have Amazon prime you get free shipping. Yum yum eatemup!
Wish I could get that deal; but unfortunately not in the US. Thanks for the tip though.
Originally Posted by pjp
Wharfedale makes some beautiful speakers, but I find them to be weaker on treble than most. I guess it's part of the warmth, but to me it takes a lot the sparkle out. Crutchfield's SpeakerCompare tool is pretty great for remotely evaluating the sound of different speaker brands and models.
Have you tried buying on eBay to see if the shipping rates are lower? You can still find most speakers "new" on eBay and eBay's global shipping program seems very reasonable for shipping to many countries (not sure about Philippines specifically though).
I agree, during my auditioning that's the same thing I felt.
Thanks for the tip on the Crutchfield's Speaker Compare tool. Wasn't aware of it; used it today and found it helpful. Still leaning towards the S50.
Thanks for the tip. Wasn't aware of that feature. Even including shipping its about USD 160 less, but that does not include customs and duty. I will need to check on that to see if its viable.