I'm Reviewing The Situation
I should have known everything was going too well. My good fortune seldom holds for long.
My first better-than-budget hi-fi system (the Marantz CD63 Mk2 KI Signature and Audiolab 8000S amp) was purchased courtesy of a small 5yr bond that matured unspectacularly around the right time in the '90s. My recent purchase of Primare equivalents came on the back of a long-standing building society account that I finally decided had a use (having crawled so very sluggishly to an acceptable-ish level).
So I reckon it was just tempting fate to try to spend the same kind of money in a considerably shorter timeframe on a pair of suitable speakers, even though funds were available. And so it was that the Gas Man came to call and declared our 20yr-old central heating boiler in terminal decline...and we are now forking out £3200 on a new combi system. Doh!
It looks as though I may have to reconsider my options and timescale for speaker purchase. Even my stock of kit for eBay sale isn't going to make much of an impact on the price of a nice pair of ProAc Studio 140s! Don't you just hate it when the harsh realities of the world intrude on your path to hi-fi nirvana? [:@]