Just completed a demo. at a dealer of the new PMC Twenty5 .26 and Harbeth SHL5+, the electronics was the Devialet 440 Pro. dual mono. Not familiar with Devialet at all, but the dealer that I trust 100% said it was all that he had that was similar in both price and sound to the Naim set up I have.
Sat for about an hour switching between the PMC & Harbeth and it was the first time I listened to either speaker and the differance was quite wide between both. Harbeth was nice but I perferred the PMC by quite a wide margin and at a 50% cost difference should come as no surprise I guess. Wow, although the PMC only had about 200 hours on it I honestly thought it was simply a magnificent speaker. Top to bottom coherence, detail , a rock solid soundstage, better then my S400, great PRaT, deep and punchy - but still pretty tight and controlled bass. All the music I played was rock and acoustic rock, these speakers seemed to be made for rock music !
My only concern was perhaps too much bass ? Played U2 "with or without you" and the bass guitar lines was simply subterranean in scale and depth. I had never heard this deep & punchy bass in any set up of lesser or equivelant priced speakers (including my S400). Some say PMC speakers can take up to 6m to fully bed in, so will the bass get deeper and more of it ? Could be an issue if this is the case.
My only concern I have now is I have pretty much decided that I want them............ I could take my S400's to the shop and do a final demo. before I drop the cash. Has anyone listened to S400 and these PMC Twenty5 .26 and prefered the PMC ? Although I suspect the S400 will have the slight edge in tight and controlled bass being a closed box design, no speaker I have listened to thus far has tempted me as much to switch speakers. They appear to do everything better then the S400 in what I like and value in speakers.