System suitable for low-volume listening?
I will be visiting my local dealers to audition kit, but to make sure I won't be wasting my time or theirs, the team's advice would be appreciated...
1 I'll be moving house shortly and getting my own 'hobby room', roughly 4.5 metres by 3.5 metres.
2 I like listening to Brian Eno, keyboard music (piano and harpsichord) and Pink Floyd on CD.
3 My hearing's pretty good for my age (60) but I know it's not what it used to be!
4 I currently have a Marantz CD67SE, Marantz PM44 MkII amp and Tannoy Mercury F1 speakers. (Beyer DT 531 headphones for the occasional rock'n'roll.)
5 For the sake of harmony with neighbours and family, I will be listening at pretty low sound levels. (Amp volume at no more than 9 o'clock, -45.)
6 My current set-up doesn't really work at these low levels — it lacks clarity and 'presence', particularly in the bass.
7 I've got a budget of £1,250 to £1,500.
a) is this a realistic budget to get a system that will deliver a materially better sound?
b) within this budget, which are more likely to give me clarity and bass 'presence' at lowish volume: floor-standers or stand-mounted speakers?
c) any known, tried-and-tested combinations you would recommend for my shortlist?
Thanks for your time.