Room acoustics is everything!! Try and audition some speakers at home.
In a small room bookshelf speakers are best because floorstanders can sound boomey, I know this because the front room in our new house is smaller then in our old place and my system sounds well below par. It's the speakers.
Personally I'm going to purchase a speaker kit and build my own but if I had your budget I would consider the following:
EB Acoustics EB1 (you can get these on a 30 day home trial)
Acoustic Energy 301
Q Acoustics Concept 20
Enjoy the music!
Speaker kit??? More info please, I made my own speakers some 16 years ago using an old wardrobe some one was throwing out, have replaced all 4 drivers (2 way design) once in that time but even fed from a 20yr old donated Trio amp they still sound good though relegated to kitchen duty now!
Any info on a new kit would be welcome.
Wilmslow Audio have been building speakers for 40 years and supply tried and tested kits. The cabinets come in easy to assemble packs and the drivers and crossovers are all the kind of stuff used in very high end speakers. The kit I'm looking at will cost me about £750 and should get me a set of speakers that perform like shop bought 2-3k speakers. I can finish them however I like and will take the cabinets down to the local car body shop and get them sprayed up in the colours I want to a high standard.
What turned me on to this was when I bought some replacement drivers for my Acoustic Energy AE120s - they were only £27 each and would have cost AE a lot less. When you purchase speakers from a manufacturer at my budget range you are getting the cheapest drivers, crossovers etc. In the kit I want the drivers cost about £150 each (x4) so I am expecting a lot more bang for my buck.
There is a whole world of DIY hi-fi out on the interweb. Individuals and major players alike are building from scratch and/or supplying kits for everything from DACs to cables to speakers. If your that way inclined it's definately worth taking a look.
By the way....if you think buying hi-fi is addictive then be warned...this is worse
I dnt quite agree with your threoy.. I have flooring standing speakings & big ones at that, & no sign of boominess... My room is 16ft by 12 ft. But i do agree with the part about room acoustics.. I believe that room acoustocs in the most important factor when setting up a HIFI system.. If not what is the piont.. just get urself an AV AMP with tone controls & auto calibration.
I think it should be standard pratice nowadays for any one buying Hifi to audition at home.. Again whats the piont of doing demo in the shop...
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