thank you all for your comments.
I updated my list. And here is my answers:
Originally Posted by richard12511
Generally, if you have subs, I would expect $600 bookshelves to outperform $600 towers.
That said, don't forget to account for the price of quality stands that don't add resonances of their own when comparing bookshelves to towers.
At this point it's about 75% / 25% for towers/bookshelves. Mostly because of no wife approval.. unless I can find really nice stands.
Could you give me a sample of the bookshelves with $600 price that outperform WHARFEDALE - Diamond 240 for the same money?
Originally Posted by LeeK0Resolution
Thank you for the quick response.
As you do not know what sound profile you like I would try to visit any local store to demo a few units. My guess you would prefer a warm sound due to the large percentage of music and being happy with apple headphones.
Based on your original list the Emotiva would most likely be the best option. Personally, I would be looking at updating your list with Emotiva, Wharfedale and Ascend. If I had to choose, I would be aiming for the Ascend but if I needed to save a few bucks would go with the Emotiva.
Emotiva, Wharfedale - they are in the top of my list. Ascend - not approved
I'm planning to check them on this weekend.
Originally Posted by morasp
Properly placed, bookshelves have the ability to disappear in the soundstage and provide pinpoint imaging to the point that with acoustically recorded music the instruments are spread out in your room just as they were in the venue. Looking right at them you can't tell that the sound is coming from the speaker. Adding a good subwoofer that blends with the bookshelves fleshes out the images and makes them sound fuller and more developed and in my experience adds detail to sounds that were there w/o the sub. Bookshelves probably won't be able to recreate the soundstage of large scale orchestral works to the point that you can hear each instrument and the acoustical space around it distinctly but they will still sound good. They should do a very good job on smaller scale recording like quartets.
thank you. This is a really good explanation.
Originally Posted by MeanMachine
RP 600 m get a 12 inch sub you’ll thank me later
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I will definitely need to listen Klipsch in person..
Originally Posted by sk373
I know you are looking at towers, but Polk LSi 703m's for $599/pr
are **really** hard to beat. The original MSRP on those is $1,499/pr
Similar to Ascend , bookshelves are not approved by wife (at this moment)