Lower / casual listening volumes and Goldenear/MartinLogan/DefTech
Hello all! I am building out a 5.1.4 media room/home theater suite that will be mostly home theater (85%) usage, powered through a Yamaha RX-V2085. Very few "blow out the walls" sessions, but don't want to compromise if I can avoid it. One thing that I've been looking for is very good off-axis listening and a wide soundstage to help equalize the experience for everyone in the room, and that is one of the biggest factors that led me to investigate Goldenear. I've also really liked the Martin Logan Motion 40/20, and the Def Tech 8060/9060-ish series bipolars. Other brands I've listened to but haven't seemed to align with have bene the Klipsch, ELAC, B&W. Haven't heard Airmotiv, Chane's, and many others which are oft-mentioned. Budget for towers is going to be $1k-$2k range +-, and enjoying the good values on the secondhand market.
I auditioned all three today, but it was my first time with the Goldenears. I listed to a set of Triton 5's, and while I loved everything we listened to at higher volumes through an Anthem receiver, when we turned it down to a "casual netflix watching" level (where you can make easy comments/conversation during the movie/show), it totally seemed to lose it's dynamics.
The rep offered that the Anthem receiver doesn't play well at low volume whereas Japanese receivers normally do, and that putting on "night mode" on the receiver would resolve this in the real world. Online I've read a comment about that for the Triton 5's, and in general I've heard that antidotally about speakers with passive radiators (though I don't put a lot of value in that, worth bringing up to clear or confirm that out of my subconscious). It did, however, get me thinking about the fact that I haven't been auditioning speakers at lower volumes, only medium-high or high. I'd like feedback from those that use towers from the list about for daily use and often play low casual volumes, and whether there's a different experience for that. Would be especially interested in those who have the Goldenears (3+/5/7) or the DefTechs (9060/9080/8060/8080) with the passive radiators. Thanks!