Seeking small but splendid bookshelf speakers
Hello - I'm after a pair of small bookshelf speakers for my office, which is about 230cm squared. I have a budget of around £500 and the speakers will have to sit on a shelf about a metre in front of me and can't be much taller than 30cm or deeper than about 25cm. They'll need to be happy close to a wall. Depending on how deep they are I might be able to give them 10-15cm but no more than that.
The music will come from either a Cyrus dAD1.5 CD player or FLACs from my Macbook Pro. If I'm honest there are quite a few 320k MP3s as well but I'm sure we don't like to talk about them on here (this is my first post - hello!) The amp is a Cyrus IIIi and I've just added a TEAC UD-HO1 DAC too, which I'm rather impressed with, I must say.
Earlier today I listened to a pair of Rega RS1s, which I liked a lot. No complaints at all really - perhaps lacking a tiny bit of sparkle? Hard to say since it wasn't my own music I was listening to. But I've also been reading a lot of very complimentary things about Totem Dreamcatchers and wondered if they might be worth finding the extra for and tracking down (I live in Brighton and I don't think anyone here sells them - happy to go to London to listen though). I'm currently using my old faithful B&W DM601s, but they're too big for this room and anyway I want something a bit more cultured. I listen to all sorts - mainly electronic, but classical, rock, indie and accoustic stuff too. I'll even stick some jazz on every once in a while.
Apart from the Regas and Totems, I wondered about the Dynaudio DM2/6, Leema Xero or even Tannoy Revolution DC4, which I overheard recently and was pretty impressed - would save me a few quid for cable etc.
I would love to just line up all the contendors and listen to them next to each other but no one seems to sell all of them. So which of these should I be focusing on? And which should I discard without further ado?