I'm taking a punt on a pair of nearly mint (one scratch) Ovator S400's second hand.
The price and pick-up has been agreed (they are a bargain) and the idea is to partner these with my existing Supernait 2, CD5X and Flatcap 2X.
Now I have read all the reviews and it's confusing to say the least as some are raving on them, others seemingly wouldn't give them houseroom!! So given that these are to replace a pair of naim Credos, which are supplemented for louder party listening by an ancient pair of Ditton 44's.....what's the prediction, am I gonna smile as they knock the old speakers to the canvas or am I just going to hear my music 'differently'?
Somebody out there must be pairing a supernait (2) and with a naim front end with a pair of these beauties?
Musical tastes are across the board Depeche mode / Porcupine tree / Floyd through Jason Mraz to all forms of Jazz and a bit of classical.....so they are gonna have to excel in all genres (and have the ability to go quite loud. Listening room is an oddball 2.5metres x 6Metres (it's an Orangery) with solid floors with engineered wood over, plants, sofa and a large rug. Any advice for positioning and use on this type of flooring? Bi-fold doors will mean they need to be a min of 4.5m apart....facing across the 2.5m wide orangery at a central sofa listening position.
These are a pair of ex-staff members (no serial number and no boxes) does that alter the value by that much? I guess if they were boxed, had an original bill of sale and a serial number I'd be looking at £1600-1900.....these are considerably less, so what would you say is the going rate for some like this (bearing in mind they are probably early production....2009)?
So that's it....any opinions....am I being crazy (given the room limitations)? Should I have just stuck with my old speakers!!??