I would appreciate suggestions for a pair of speakers, exclusively for 2 channel.
After waiting 6 months for my then new B&W pair of 704s to start singing, I gave up and I am in a search for that elusive sonic signature that will make me enjoy the music.
18 years ago I had Energy pro 22 and was very happy with it.
B&W I have now are the closest so far to the sound I remember and liked so much.
But the problem is that I get headaches from B&W sound, literally (and it is not B&W characteristic, I am yet to find speakers that will allow me to enjoy music for longer then Â½ hour).
I auditioned B&W 804s as well, and the details of 704 and 804 are very good and excellent respectively, sound stage is of a decent size (hope for larger one and especially deeper one I remember from pro 22), sibilance is virtually non-existent (after being worked in), dynamics are very good, but there is this sound (or harmonics), some may call it edginess, that makes it less and less enjoyable the longer I listen.
Those painful harmonics I get from letâ€™s say female voice, saxophone or violin.
I have to turn volume down way below normal level to eliminate this, at which point all the details and dynamics are lost, so what is the point?
I thought that maybe aluminum and similar alloy tweeters are the culprit (I remember that pro 22 had dual hyperdome, some sort of cotton material over it).
So I listened to PMC which had silk tweeter, but it had timbre totally different what I did not like, unnatural tone.
New Energy series (C series, Reference Connoisseur), are somewhat easier to listen (less pain), but they simply have no details, and timbre of instruments and voices is not right.
Planars are thin and unexciting for me, (not lack of bass, music is just not dynamic).
Totems are not what I am looking for either.
Electronics are not the culprit I believe, those pro 22 sang with literally anything, including a small 40W Yamaha amp.
I tried B&W with Arcam and Bryston (anything in range up to ~ 3,000.00), those are to dull for B&W. Bryston with Energy Reference Connoisseur is much more open, but no details.
I tried Linn speakers and amp, no excitement. Do not timbre.
So to sum up, what is out there that will give me clean, detailed, dynamic sound, not laid back nor in your face, with right timbre, such is letâ€™s say the sound of B&W 804S, but without the headache?
Or is there a way to tame speakers with some electronics? Maybe some amp I have not looked at yet?
I tried MF tube buffer X-10, did not work, just a bit smoother sound but loss of details, kind of muddied everything.