Originally Posted by bear123
Yes I think the Denon will do fine as long as you are not expecting clean reference level output at 12'+, which no low sensitivity speaker will do with an AVR.
However, before I would consider bookshelf speakers that you have to then spend money on stands for, just get towers with the larger cabinet that serves as the stand, allows multiple woofers and greater SPL capability with lower distortion and better looks. Again, if the engineering and design excellence of Revel appeals to you, which translates directly to sound quality, I'd look at the F35's. They have a reasonable footprint that shouldn't over power your room. If it matters, the curved cabinets really give the appearance of being a much smaller speaker than they really are in terms of depth.
Well, thanks. Sort of.
Now, I'm actually considering floorstands again. I did notice that the Revel M16 stands can be bolted up to the speakers from underneath - which is an interesting option. I was originally hoping I could just use the stands that I have currently, but more security would be some peace of mind. There's no question the Evo 4.2 would require some kind of special stands, but maybe a center channel stand turned sideways would work for them. They would still be sitting rather precariously with almost 30lbs teetering on whatever they are perched up on.
On the topic of the F35 though did you experiment and perhaps find an optimal spacing between them? I'm unfortunately somewhat limited in how much I can move speakers closer or farther away from each-other (probably 8 feet max). I've seen a review on the Wharfedale Evo 4.4 that made the point that they required something like 9 feet of separation to sound their best or else the mids/highs (I believe) were too pronounced/forward, etc. Because of my limited room to shift things around I'm questioning if the Wharfedale Evo 4.3 might require a bit less separation with the smaller drivers. Same mids/highs so I dunno if they wouldn't need just as much room.
I'm really being seduced by the look of those Wharfedales right now to be honest. I'm sure the Revel F35 are exceptionally engineered and the piano black is classy too, but I just really like the walnut on the Evos. I'm somewhat stunned by the look of these in the price range that I might otherwise believe most of the money would be sunk into the drivers themselves idk. I might consider that too in terms of reliability. I haven't yet found too much info on reliability and longevity on any of these speakers.
I'm trying to keep an open mind about it and not let the looks completely drive my decision. Even the option of the M16 with the stands that secure them might be in play. I have to consider if my center channel is going to fly for movies once I upgrade the mains. I needs an upgrade from the old Ascend anyway, but it's going to have to pull duty for a while if I go floorstands for mains.
Originally Posted by Zorba922
Here's a pro review of the tower version of the Evos; same tweeter so I think the mids and highs would be similar, no mention of any female vocal issues:
The main drawback of the Wharfedales is that they are probably not as punchy/dynamic or aggressive as something like JBL, SVS Ultras, Klipsch RP, etc. if that is the sound signature you prefer; the Wharfedale house sound is usually described as being more "warm" and laid back, more suited for long hours of fatigue-free music listening than "wow, listen to those cymbal brushes!" type reactions.
Another option for about the same price as the Evos, with the tower-stability advantages and falling more into the "neutral" category in between the Wharfedales and something like SVS Ultra, would be the Chane A5.5 with its planar tweeter.
I'm honestly thinking that I'll be ok with the more laid back and warmer sound of the Evos. It might warm up the sound of the Denon a little and make it sound like the Marantz models that cost significantly more for basically the same spec. I'm specifically not particularly looking for speakers that are too bright. My biggest goals are to keep my big soundstage which I gather these Evos excel with and hopefully gain better detail and resolution, etc.
I appreciate everyone's help with this. I'm trying to see what I can find, but there's limited information on some of these options in terms of reviews. Like there will be a review of a the model one step up, but not the little brother, etc.