I’ve decided to sell my Mission 794 loudspeakers. When they're good they're very very good, but there's too many albums I enjoyed listening to via my previous speakers that are unlistenable through these. Even the Marantz PM66KI cannot tame their upper-mid ferocity, which can be an open door with the 'right' recordings but just plain fatiguing with others.
So...I'm on the lookout for some detailed but smooth-sounding floorstanders for my 5m x 4m room. Tonally I prefer overly-warm to bright and harsh. I'm no bass-head, but if I was made to choose between the two evils of boomy speakers or thin and bright speakers, I'd pick boomy every time.
I’m tempted to buy used because generally you get so much more for your money, especially as my budget will only be about £600 tops, ideally less. I've thought about, but haven't heard, some MA Studio 20 SEs, which I think were highly recommended for use with my Marantz kit back in the day (though at the moment I'm using the Cyrus gear).
I've had an offer from someone who wants to do a direct swap for a pair of Castle Knight 3s. I haven't heard them and I can’t find any reviews of them on the WHF site, but superficially they seem a backwards step, considering the price difference between those and my £1,000 Missions. Also I don't know how Castles 'sound'.
I've even thought of hunting-down some Tannoy 611s or 613s from back in the day, 'cos sometimes I feel I've never been really happy with any speakers I've owned since the 607s I bought nearly 20 years ago. But it’s difficult to say how much of that is a rose-tinted memory.
Anyone any ideas for a shortlist?