NAD C356BEE vs Yamaha A-S2000
This is a sad story
Now I have NAD controlling B&W CM1. I am not actually satisfied with the sound at all. It's sometimes even hurting to listen to music. There's too much (I think) in upper mids - voices and lead guitars sound too overwhelming. Very bright.
The more or less satisfying ballance is achieved when I switch bass and treble control. At low volume level I adjust bass and treble on maximum. At mid and high volume levels I add bass a little and leave treble on maximum. I am not speaking here about some substitution of loudness. Loudness can help only at low volumes. But I intentionally described different volume levels. How I understand I do it to somewhat "hide" the exaggerated upper mids and in a way to achieve flat response.
The reason of these upper mids can probably be in Nautilus tweeter (I have read a few opinions). Some like this type of sound, some not. And logically the advise for me would be to change the speakers as far as I don't like.
But! I really do not want to do this, as these were the best speakers I've ever heard after having listened about 20 pairs of similar price range. The reason is that they are coloured - have a bump in the upper bass (where all heavy music energy is), they are punchy and energetic. That's what I like.
At dealer's shop where I bought the CMs I was choosing amoung other 5 pairs (PMC db1i, ATC scm7, Neat Motive 3, MA gs10 and Dynaudio x12) with Yamaha a-s2000 amp. The sound of the CMs was incredible. I understood that I found my dream. I am not sure that I will give the right description. But I'll try. First of all they gave punch. But another highly involving feature was - sound was viscous like a mercury. At low volumes it was a bit far and it attracted me to the speaker. I wanted to make the volume higher. It was mild, but strong. When I made the volume quite high the sound was the same - viscous with no any compression. And I think smooth at any volume. The drums were like you hit the table with piece of raw meat.
Now at home I have a very far sound from what it had been in the shop. The sound I described at the beginning. Maybe some more. It's not like mercury, but like boiling water, not like raw meet, but like eggplant. And I don't want to make volume higher, but the opposite.
I believe that my problem is in suitability of NAD with the CMs. And the best way would be to change it to Yamaha. At least I've heard this set-up and it was amazing.
Another very important thing to note - my room is very small: 25m3. In the shop there was twice more volume.
So finally the question: shall I have at home the sound of Yamaha + CMs very close to the experience in the shop? Or very little air in my room would not allow the setup to open and it will be close to what I am having now?
Sorry for so many words and thank you for reading up to the end. But I really need help!