Just thought I would post an image of my listening area.
I am still open minded (but have more idea now).
I imagine the area won't take the planar speakers, which is a shame...
But a pair of larger Dalis would fit nicely.
I have moved my BK sub here temporarily, and I am surprised but the bass issue is nowhere near as bad as I would have thought without the filtering. It isn't "right", but interesting anyway.
By the way, the TV is temporary and not really used (waiting for a room conversion).
Ultimately I will only have the music stuff here, without the TV and furniture...
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I was just about to suggest that.
Very nice room BTW.
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It's the bottom bit in an L shaped living room. The TV proper and 5.1 system is to the right
You should get a coaster under that glass - quick!
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With that amount of space, some Dynaudios would be worth a try. Nice room, by the way - makes my hovel seem very humble!
That would be Excite series? I think I can demo them.
I've said it before and I'll say it again....you need bigger bass drivers if you're not going to cross over your speakers.
The helicon 400mk2 will not do that much more sheer volume (if at all) than the current speakers you own.
Helicon 800's have 8inch speakers but may be too expensive. Look for dual 8's or I think this issue will haunt you ad infinitum.
The low bass on the Helicon 400 is quoted as 31.5 Hz. But more importantly I doubt they would start to lose it anywhere near as quickly, and a sub with no xover would be fine if I felt I needed extra kick. They are definitely a 2nd handoption though. 4.5 grand in UK money here.
I am pondering other solutions (thus the thread title;) ).
Ones that the local dealers stock...
KEF Q900 (cheap option)
Elac FS 247 Black edition.
I am even re-considering standmounts... The Dynaudio Focus 110 active to be precise. It has in-built filter if you want to use a sub. Grab a Velodyne 800 ultra and those and it comes in under budget
Definitely prefer floorstanders though.
wharfedale opus 2-3/2-2 might work?
I don't sense any boom, or tizz.
I agree, And I've heard my fair share of actives and passives in recent years. Marketing hype isn't restricted to a select few it seems!
I'd also agree!
I personally considered the bass performance on my Naim SBL's to be one of the strong points of the design. No reflex port, and a mechanical design that gave a combination of an infinite baffle/acoustic suspension bass loading, gave great in-room extension, pitch accurate, clean bass, with no boom or overhang, and no 'tizz' in the treble to be heard either - after all one would hope that the Scanspeak tweeter the SBL uses was worth it's fine reputation.
Oh, and even thought active operation was an option with them courtesy of the external crossover, I ran mine pasive.
Just an update.
I have ordered the Avi ADM9RS plus Avi sub.
Yep, after a few weeks of investigation, reading, listening and comparing, I came to the conclusion that if I bought floorstanders they would need to be very big if I wanted to avoid a sub. Not in keeping with the decor, and to be honest, not what I want to look at either.
So then I started looking into good quality standmounters and sub. My budget started to creep up, and I had realised I would need a new amp.
So, as my old 9Ts which I use in my "study" compare very favourably, with the existing Dali / Arcam setup in that position, I went for the devil I knew, only better. The speaker/amp/sub setup I was considering would have come in at over £4000 and with no guarantee of sounding any better, and possibly leading me back to the rocky path of "trying to improve".
I'm not an obsessive tweaker or upgrader, so...ADM9RS plus sub it is. It also meant I could do it now, rather than in Spring!
Thanks for all the help(some posts above lead me to some of the conclusions I made)
Good to hear. I hope you will post your impressions and comparisons with the 9T here.
If anyone can do that in an unbiased way it would be you.
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As discussed elsewhere, cool. It will be interesting to hear your comparison between the old and new drivers.
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As I mentioned elsewhere, I shall certainly give my (unbiased and of course) purely subjective impressions. They will only be based on memory (from last weeks listening session in the place where the new ones are going) for now mind you, as I intend to install and enjoy, rather than sit and faff around with AB comparisons...(which inevitably I WILL end up doing in the future)...
And thanks for the vote of confidence...
Cheers, indeed, I can't wait to sit and listen.
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