Originally Posted by Turpentine22
Thanks! Unfortunately they are more than twice the price of the KEF and PSB. One of the (many) reasons I've narrowed it down to those two is that I'm in Canada, and prices or availability can be problematic up here. Same issue for the CBM 170, in cad with shipping and customs they are not competitive anymore.
Alright, two votes for the KEF so far! At 300 usd looks like it's a good deal.
I have a pair of Q150s that I haven't set up yet - I wish I could give you some insight on how they are, but I can say that they've been rec'd numerous times by a lot of people. FWIW I got mine through Visions.ca - you can get them directly from KEF as well (they have a Canadian portal for their store, so you pay Canadian prices without any of the import fees/etc... AFAIK
Arguably, the CBM 170s are still competitive - after conversion with the current exchange rate, they're $391 CAD for the pair, which is pretty affordable IMO - unless it's outside of your budget, obviously. Shipping and duty might kill it as an option, though... which it usually does
Living in Canada sucks for this type of stuff - being Canadian, too, I 100% feel your pain. The LSiM 703s are still around $800-900/pair, which is ridiculous when you can literally get them for half of that price for a pair in the US. I just got an HSU ULS-15 MK2 subwoofer, and while it was worth the money because it's a piece of equipment I know I will never feel the need to replace (this thing is a beast of a sub), I certainly paid a much higher price once all of the conversions, fees, and shipping came into the equation. I also looked at a Salk + Rythmik sub as an investment piece, too, but even before shipping, etc... it would have been $2K CAD. I certainly entertained that idea, but I never got a response when I asked about what it would cost with shipping
In a perfect world where I do not have budget constraints, I'd probably have an entire set of Ascend Sierra 2EXs or some really nice Salks.