Thanks to an upcoming windfall I am looking to upgrade my speakers of 15 years. Very excited at the prospect as my source and amplication have moved on over that 15 years and I know I can't be getting the best out of them with the speakers I have, as much as I still enjoy them.
The Ruarks cost me about £350 at the time, and served me very very well. In fact, if I listened mainly to acoustic tracks, where not too much is going on to test the speaker, I would probably not be looking to upgrade. The Ruarks are very strong inthe mid-range, but when things get complicated, and/or the volume is pumped up a bit, they get a bit "muffled" and the music just becomes a mish-mash of noise to some extent.
So, having done the usual internet trawling etc, I am now ready to go shopping :grin: and enjoy a demo or two. My research so far is pointing me very much towards Proac Response D1's, so much so that I'm struggling to find something I'm equally excited about to demo it against.
What has come up on the radar is Neat, Totem, PMC, and Harbeth - the latter rejected as I need a matching centre for AV duties (a definitive pre-requisite that has also lead me to dismiss Kudos as well).
I'm looking for clarity and openness without being clinical. Thesystem will mainly be listened to at "normal" listening levels, apart from the occassional Saturday night "crank-it up" session
Bass extension isn't necessarily high on my list of priorities as the Ruarks are fairly bass-shy (so I'm not used to heavy bass) and I have the REL sub to help out if need be.
The only other point of mention that I can think of is I need something that is unfussy on positioning - the maximum I could have the speakers from the rear wall is 1.5 foot (1 foot would be better). This is the one thing I am worried about with the Proac's as the recommended minimum is indeed 1 foot. Room btw is about 10' x 22' but with an open-plan split down the middle between lounge and dining room, if that makes sense. Speakers fire across the 10' width - speakers are thus about 7' from the listening position.
Oh, yeah - standmounts my only option as we have a couple of cats and I just know if I spend £1-1.5k on a pair of floor-standers they'll be using them as scratching posts within 48 hours |(
So, the question is - what to demo against the Proac's!? Or, indeed - if I like the Proac's why not just leave it at that and be done with it?