Speakers - is there always a compromise?
Can you have it all (or as near as damn it) on a working man's budget? I've gone through speakers like they were about to go out of production the last couple of years (since the kids have stopped trying to demolish them). All of them have been rather modest affairs. 684s had great mids (sort of) which really brought out vocals enough to make you stop whatever you are doing and pay attention. My wife adored them, but it was all a bit too much sometimes. All the finer detail and definition was lost at the bottom end. Epos m15.2 absolutely amazing rhythm and timing, but insubstantial bass. B&W p5 were a big let down. Fantastic kick in the balls for rock fans, but very dead otherwise. Goes to show how memory can deceive. Boomy as hell. Spent hours making bass traps etc, but to no avail- shows what difference the box makes (same drivers as matrix but I presume matrix sound like a completely different fish). Kef q55 - not actually so bad when they didn't rattle - so badly made. Q500 not much better. The list goes on. And then celestion a2.. Still being surprised track after track. They have taken a LOT of messing about with room treatment and propping them to bring the tweeter on axis, but make a pretty decent job of whatever I give them. I can't imagine doing better this side of a grand.
Will I ever reach the promised land on a modest budget?