Speakers for Devialet 170
Now for the next element in my main system. A few weeks ago I took the plunge and ordered a Devialet 170 (which I’ll be collecting once I get back from hols in late August). By Xmas I hope to have speakers that will do it justice. The plan is to draw up a longlist of speakers that I can audition at dealers in the London area. On the basis of these auditions I’ll whittle the longlist down to a shortlist that I can demo at home. I’d be grateful for your suggestions for the longlist.
A bit of context. The room is 4 x 5m. The listening configuration will be (roughly) an equilateral triangle 2m each side, with the speakers pointing down the length of the room. In other words, I’m looking for small- to medium-sized speakers. I reckon not deeper than 350mm and not wider than 250mm. I had a pair of Harbeth Super HL5s on demo, which though lovely just felt too big in the room (they’re h600xw300xd300).
As for my tastes, the majority of my listening is classical. Speakers I’ve liked (a rather random selection) have included the Harbeths, PMC Fact 8s, and Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor Ms. As for standmounts vs floorstanders, I have a slight preference for the former but am intending to demo both. I don’t want or need huge bass.
The budget goes up to around £6K.
My next post will list the speakers already on my longlist. I’d be most grateful for further suggestions that conform to my size and budget requirements.