Having owned a Naim system in the past and currently own a Denon DF107 mini system I decided the time had come to get back into hifi. I did not want to go the NAIM route due to a combination of cost and a struggle to fall in love with my previous system. It was good with well recorded material but tiring with lesser quality recordings.
I therefore decided to try out a full Rega system consisting of RP6 + Exact, Brio-r,Apollo r and RS1's. To say I was disappointed with the sound is an understatement. The sound was shut-in, with an over emphasis of the lower mid-range and upper-bass, and seemed to struggle to produce a decent soundstage. The dealer swapped out the speakers with RS3's and then later the brio with an Elicit. These obviously wrought some improvements but at a price; a price I neither want to pay or feel is needed.
Has anybody else experienced this sound with the above system? Did I just have a bad demo and would it be worth listening to the same setup at another dealer or do I need to look at something else? If so, what are everyones thoughts? The system above should give you an idea on the sort of money I am prepared to pay and what items I require. The main stipulation is that the speakers will need to work close to walls. My music tastes vary from Rock and pop to folk and classical and a bit of jazz.