I was the first to respond to your plea, tentatively suggesting the new Kudos Titan speaker range. Now I have a better idea what you are after from a new speaker set, being inevitably that elusive musical engagement thing that we all seek more of as we scale the system capability ladder.
You have also more recently in this thread mentioned specifically the impressive Kudos Titan 505. I recently spoke of this speaker on another thread having heard it in the poor conditions of the Bristol show being powered by 'just' a bare Nova, in turn fed directly by a Innuos Zenith server. That was it, no other boxes present. Not sure if this is also where you heard the 505, but I was stunned how wonderful this simple system sounded in such an unhelpful listening room. It made me feel that my multi black box separate Naim Classic system was in need of new speakers. I think I said in the other thread that if I was starting out, I would get a Nova and a pair of 505s, no doubt about it.
I returned to this room at the show 3 or 4 times. To me it was the best room I visited, embarrassing systems many times the price I heard that day. As I have no access to your ears or brain, I cannot be sure these speakers (or their larger siblings) will engage you more in the music. All I know is when I was listening to the Nova/505 system all I was thinking was how great the musical performances were and trying desperately to leave the room so I could get around more of the show. I kept hearing a voice in my head saying...'just one more track, then I'll move on to another room'....and that is the very best sign to me of a great music-making system.
Evening Nigel, yes I was talking about the Naim/Kudos room at the Bristol show, one of the best show showings I have heard for a long time. So simple, clear and musical. Karen I were blown away with the sound. We only visited a handful of rooms, the Kudos two, the Neats and the Naims, we didn't visit any other rooms as the sound coming from the rooms was appalling.
We sat there listening for many tracks, chatting to Derek and Dave of Kudos, Bristol is more of a socialising event for us nowadays and great music is a bonus. It was a shame to hear the bigger Kudos murdered next door by the Audioquest room, shocking sound!
Yes, it was the 606s I really wanted to hear and it is a shame they were 'wasted' on an Audioquest cable and power block demo, even though they were powered by an active Linn rig. On previous occasions, I have heard the 707s powered by full Naim rigs (Classic and 500 series) in both passive and active modes. On both occasions and they too were extremely impressive. But that Nova/505 demo was something else - magical. Possibly because, as HH intimated, expectations were relatively low.
Clearly there is a chemistry (others might call it a synergy) between the new Kudos Titan range and Naim kit IMHO. Indeed Derek, at the show, told me how he had used Naim gear in the design and refinement of the new Kudos Titan range. I am guessing these are on your shortlist and I would be fascinated to hear if these speakers give you the x factor, the engagement, you now seek. Speakers form other manufacturers are of course available!