Need help choosing nearfield HIFI speaker £400 - £500, urgent! :)
Hello, I understand that other posts have covered the same topic so I'll try make mine as specific as possible. I understand that only I can make the final decision, but would nonetheless appreciate your advice.I'm looking for a £400 - £500 pair of hifi speakers that work well nearfield, either placed on a desk (on pads) or on stands either side of my desk (either way, about 2-4ft away from my head). I would prefer passive speakers so that my amp is put to use.I had a pair of Mezzo 2's but they were too extreme for nearfield. The metal tweeters were way too harsh so close to my head, the bass was not tight, it was lacking something in the mids, and the soundstage wasn't working at all. Good for dance music and little else. I returned them today.
My setup: Computer (Spotify Premium, 320kbps mp3) > Arcam rDAC > Cambridge Audio 540A, (Chord Silver Screen cables).My style: I don't like bright speakers. I am bass heavy, but I like very tight, contolled, warm bass. I understand the 540A is a bright amp, but it's all I have to work with at the moment. The Mezzo tweeters were far too harsh at such a close distance to my head. I listen to about 60% rock, metal, blues distorted music and 40% electronic style music. I listen to music at fairly low volumes (between 5% - 30% volume), but at low volumes I like the music to sound forceful and sustained. Every now and then I like to crank the system to about 30-40%. Mostly importantly, however, I need good sound at lower volumes.The speakers will be either sat on a desk (4ft apart), or sat on stands (6ft apart), facing inwards towards me sat at my desk. They will be fairly close to the wall (about 8 inches) - this i cannot help. I have a wharfedale SW150 subwoofer. I would ideally get the amp from Sevenoaks, as they have been very helpful.Here is an image of my setup: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/12/img0984copy.jpg/
I have hitherto been interested in:KEF Q300 - I like the look of this speaker. (£450)Spendor s3/s3r - I can get hold of this for £500. But does it have the balls?