Thank you for your quick comment, davedotco. I have since got a pair of KEF R100, actually. And although I understand the onkyo might not be able to realise the full potential of the KEFs either I can say the combination seems to sound very nice together.
I am not a big fan of the Kefs, but that is, for once, a personal opinion I am happy for others to dissagree with.
This should be a much better match so good to hear that it sounds good. I know that 'on paper' the PMCs are suposed to be reasonably sensitive and easy to drive but I have never really found that the case. In common with some other fine speakers I find their performance tends to mirror that of the amplifier, so the better the amplifier, the better they sound. I think this is a control issue primarily so I would not personally consider driving these speakers with a budget reciever.
Whilst I have not heard the exact combinations I feel this might be the issue with Knacker's system too. The iotas are a very well sorted speaker, designed to work within specific limits, and they do so remarkably well. The PMCs on the other hand, though capable of a better performance, need better amplification and system set up to realise their full potential
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
Ok, I guess I will only start considering replacing my KEFs when I upgrade to the likes of Peachtree Decco 65 (I like having DAC in the amp box to minimize clutter; hence, the budget Onkyo choice).
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