There's also a lot of comp around the £1000 mark. That's the problem I have. How does one narrow down 'the list'?
It usually comes down to what you have within reasonable driving distance.
Well have a company called Unilet who stock Kef, PMC, ProAc, B&W, Wilson Benesch... and another in the same catchment area who are the Rega dealers and PMC and B&W.
The list seems daunting: PMCs probably TB2, B&W 805S and Kef R300. These are the ones I've deffo earmarked.
The Totems are sadly off the list only because the Totem dealer does Harbeth and very hi-end stuff that's way beyond my budget and amp.
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It's a good list, and I suspect you will find one of them rises to the top when you start listening........the thought of the process is often worse than actually going through it.
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PMC: TB2i, GB1i, Twenty 21, ProAc D1, D2, Kef R300, B&W 805S. That's a lot of demoing from one dealer and dealer patience. Somehow the list needs to be reduced to make it plausible.
Probably best to do in 2 or 3 visits and in the week rather than weekends, book 2 hour demo. Dealers should not be bothered how else are they going to sell stuff? If they put a customer off then how knows how much business they will lose? Give good service and you wil probably keep coming back. To cut down I would cut out 2 of the PMCs.
Due to work commitments it can only be done at weekends.
It looks like a good size list to me, although I've only heard the 805S which I thought were pretty special.
It always takes time. Personally I tend to do it in a few sweeps, so I go through and listen to them all and see whether there are any that don't really agree with me, and then I do more detailed comparisons within my list.
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does the marantz, for example sr7007 sounds bad with kef r500 ?
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