I' am running an Onkyo 818 through 7.1 using MA BX2's at the front, and whilst the sound is reasonable its not really comparable to the Naim 202/200 + Neat Motive's I owned previously, so i would like to take the preout from the Onkyo into another amp and upgrade the front speakers for two channel.
My short list are
Amp - Naim Supernait or Nad C390DD
Speakers - Kef LS50, B&W PM1 or PMC 22
Unfortunately, here in HK i cannot find a dealer that has any combination of the above items or even the NAD on demo.
I'm inclined to go for the Supernait having owned Naim before but I have read a lot of good things about the NAD and it would seem from user opinion that the DAC in the NAD would be better which is great as I intend to stream music from a Mac or use a Bluray player for CD's
My room is around 4,500 cubic feet but the current system seems to cope as i dont listen at high levels and my taste in music goes all the way through from Rap to Rock to Classical although the system will be split 65/35% movies vs music.
I have heard all three speakers, the B&W PM1's i love the High frequency presentation and the great looking cabinet, the issue would be finding a centre speaker to match.
The Kef LS50 have good detail and a really clear mid and top end, but bass heavy tracks make the speaker sound "boxy", would it be easy to mate the LS50 to my subwoofer (Velodyne DD12+) to solve this issue and would it be a good match?
PMC 22's are in the middle, very neutral and articulate, for me not really as exciting as the other options, but i could run it without the sub and there is a centre speaker available.
Many thanks for your help,