I am looking for some starting points from the collective wisdom !
Having got the electronics on Fraim and hopefully upgrading the ND5 to NDX soon i am in a place where new boxes will be a while away. With this in mind my attention turned to speakers - Where the SBL the next limiting factor was the question ?
A friend was interested in a s/h pair of S400 so we did a deal and i have had them in the listening room for the last week. Safe to say they outperformed the SBL in almost all ways in my room. This answered the question - Yes the SBL are the limiting factor right now. Problem is the boss does not like any of the standard finishes so S400 cannot stay and finding a rosewood pair would take a very long time.
Having decided that Active was not on the cards for now (cost/space) i realized i would need to start the long journey to find what the replacement would be! I also realised that i had not even considered the speaker world for over 10 years and as such had no idea where to start.
I totally understand that speakers are very personnel to the listener and that room interaction is key so home demo will need to occur. This said I cannot demo 10’s of options at home so i want to work in 3 stages.
1. Research and shortlist a selection of options.
2. Demo said options at dealers as required and refine list.
3. Home demo 1-3 options as needed.
So given the following parameters
- boxes - NDX/XPSDR > 52/SuperCap > 135’s all serviced
- Room 3.6 x 4.5
- Like the sound of Ovators
- Ovator Size is ok
- Rear wall 6” is ok.
- Budget upto 10K (absolute max)
I attended the Audiobarn event the other week showing Kudos. I liked the sound of the 707 (to big and pricey for me) and the S20 sounds good . I am interested to heart he 606 when I can so that at least 1 on the list. Looks are key for the boss so nothing wacky looking
What options should be on my Dealer dem list ?
Please no suggestions to do cables, active, boxes or SL2