Originally Posted by Zorba922
No such thing as speaker/subwoofer "matching" or "integration."
I would try the CG5 and Evo 4.2 first since you get free return shipping on the first and $10 return shipping on the second. If neither one satisfies, THEN I would order the 2EX.
The KEF R series has never impressed me, esp. not with their outrageous pricing.
Timbre matching? ...which I know isn't as applicable at lower frequencies and was mostly a throwaway thought, but fair enough. I ordered the Evo 4.2, but they weren't what I was looking for. I shied away from the CG5 because it appears that they don't compare favorably with the other contenders w/r/t off axis response (seems solid up to 15 degrees, but I'm often going to be listening to them more off axis than that). 2EX is up next...
Originally Posted by pase22
The LS50's at 1/4 the price are a much better value/performance option.
Thanks, but looks like it's more like 1/2 for the LS50s and I haven't seen them reviewed favorably against the R3s. Seems like the wireless version w/ built in DSP gets a lot more love than the standard model as well, but those are almost the same price as the R3s AFAICT (and I would generally try to avoid adding another A/D/A conversion after my DAC).
Originally Posted by bear123
Here's a good thread on how to choose a great speaker.....clears up a couple of commonly held misconceptions such as, "you have to hear a speaker in your room to know if you will like it", or "you have to drive all over the place and demo speakers in a store", or, "everyone prefers a different sound" etc etc.
Thanks. If I was going to extend the list another spot, I'd probably take a closer look at the 106s. Though, while I'm generally not a fan of demoing speakers inside stores, I still don't see "you have to hear a speaker in your room to know if you will like it" or "everyone prefers a different sound" as misconceptions...
I'm loosely familiar with the spinorama measurements/data, etc and I think there are some fairly objective information that can be conveyed with measurements in general (on/off axis response, neutrality, etc), but just as a jump off point... in my very limited experience. I mean, just moving speakers between rooms in my house (carpet vs. wood, small room vs. large, many windows vs. few, etc) changes the sound very noticeably... and from my perspective, makes certain speakers better or worse choices depending on the setup, etc. Also, those measurements are pretty limited in availability from what I've seen outside of amateur efforts. +I don't know how to infer things like how the imaging/response is impacted based on wall/speaker distances, etc, etc, etc from those measurements. I'd be curious if you have any other thoughts on why/how this would make auditioning speakers obsolete.
Regardless, according to Harman measurements, it appears the KEF and Ascend perform better than the M106s (and the S400s), with the Ascends being about 25% cheaper as well... so, going by the measurements or based on aggregated review/listener feedback would have ended up in the same choice in this case
. The Sierra 2-EXs should have shipped today (no tracking info yet, but that's what I was told last week). I'm hoping I won't have to go further down the list