Agreed. Excellent little speakers (as are the Iotas).
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
Leema Xero's if there are any left knocking around online. Sevenoaks were selling them for not very much not that long ago AFAIR.
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm definitely going to track down some Iotas to listen to first. It seems they'd be happy on the wall, which would work a treat in the room in question. If they blow me away I'll find the extra from somewhere. If they don't, it's back to the drawing board.
Perhaps a mention for Focals. The Focal Chorus 705v meets all your criteria, and could be worth your consideration.
At the bottom end of the Focal range but can be had for around the £300/£325 mark.
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AVI Neutron 5 would possibly fit the bill, but you'd need to find a used pair. They do come up in mint condition from time to time though.
Pair on ebay now, well inside budget.
They do fit the bill. refined, if a bit bass-shy, but work very nicely on shelves with a bit of wall to bolster them. The ones on the 'bay at the moment are overpriced though - mine sold for about £240 if I remember, and that was before they were reduced to £300 new to clear out the last remaining stock.
Another vote for the Neutrons, you could get them for a steal ifyou are patient on ebay.
usher S520 £ 350 or sterling broadcast v2 £ 1000
both excellent tiny monitors in any system
Plus on the http://www.whathifi.com/review/tannoy-revolution-signature-dc4
Can be had now for :http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tannoy-Revolution-DC4-Stereo-Pair-Light-Oak-Brand-New-Bookshelf-Speakers-/120994902685?pt=UK_AudioVideoElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_HiFiSpeakers&hash=item1c2bdbb29d#ht_996wt_1397
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bw cm1s i think would impress i love em and can recommend em lush finish gloss black
marantz cr603 ;bowers and wilkins cm1 technics sl 1200mk2 pro-ject phono box silver anniversary speaker cable
Ah, two different speakers Mr. Tigger. The DC4 Signature has the bass port to the front, though it;s been out a while. The link you gave below is the DC4 (which to my mind is the better looking of the two), and the bass port is to the rear. That's a great price though and it's a cracker of a speaker too.
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I was initially drawn to the B&W CM1s - I have some brand loyalty there and they do look bloody gorgeous - but I was warned off by more than one person who told me they wouldn't appreciate being so close to a wall.
Can I suggest having a listen to the Dynaudio Excite X12's as well ...
I purchased a used pair of Totem Aro's (in effect the floorstanding version of the Dreamcatchers) last year as we have a fairly small listening room and wanted something unobtrusive. I'm afraid I couldn't live with them for very long. Undoubtedly very well made and they looked fab BUT with anything vaguely rocky (and I'm not talking Swedish Death Metal here) the bass sounded flat as a pancake to my ears. They faired much better with classical and acoustic type material but ...
After much investigation I replaced them with the Dynaudios and have been very pleased with the results.
I've used my cm1's 300mm from wall, no bungs. Sounded fine, so you should be able to use bungs to your advantage.
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