Hi, I joined the forum to seek some advice on a new system for the new year. I used to own a nice system a few years back but gradually lost it as we moved homes.
I'm looking to get a good sounding system to play from my Mac and I'd like the speakers to be modest size wooden boxes (ideally with grilles) to fit in with the room. The Kef LS50s sound like a great option, but just not to my taste looks-wise!
I have been reading about the AVI ADM9RS which sound like a good option. I have also looked into more classic speakers like Harbeth, Spendor and Proac with a British amp around the 1k mark.
So, how would the AVI compare to something like the Harbeth P3ESR/M30.1, Spendor S3/5R2, Proac D1/D2 with something like the Naim 5 or XS? I was looking at one of the mini DACs like the dragonfly or meridian as they are very compact and supposed to be good. Or, finding an amp with a DAC built in.
I realise the AVIs are much cheaper due to less boxes, but how do they compare sound wise? I read that they lack the bass and also top end sparkle of a passive system, but do they sound better overall? I listen to a wide range of music including jazz, soul, folk, electronic.
I plan to start some demos, but it's hard to demo them together. Any advice would be great!