Choosing speakers: B&W 686 or The Focal Chorus 700V?
I've demoed both these speakers (B&W's with Rotel RA-04; Focal's with NAD 325BEE), and they were both fantastic.
I'll hopefully have enough to get the amp as well. Only problem is I don't know which (speaker and amp combo) to choose!
They were demoed at different shops: I compared the B&W's to MA BR2's, which they killed IMO), and just listened to the Focal's on their own. Both setup's sound very clear to me, detailed, neutral, just enough bass for me. Both speakers presented an amazing soundstage, Boards of Canada sounded unbelievable. These were the first demo's I've done, as I said, I'm not sure...
My current setup is: Kef Cresta 1 speakers Cambridge Audio A5 amp Project Debut Phono 1 record player Shuttle PC for CD and mp3 playback.
All this resides in a small 4x5m basement, with a low ceiling. The speakers sit on the floor (on partington toppers), but I want to budget stands in with this new upgrade.
Anyone want to chime in with experiences/suggestions?