An addendum - I am thinking about anti-cables and blue jeans interconnects -- based on reviews here and elsewhere, but I honestly don't know anything about cables.
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Why not used gear?? Better value , better performence.
I would get RWA integrated - 1K used
Omega Super Hemp - $1300 used
Consonance CD-120 Linear - $400 used
It will take some time to find them at these prices but it is possible and performance of this setup would be far superior to what you have put together. IMO.
Underwood HiFi (Wally) has a Jolida 302 integrated for $950 obo and a Music Hall 25.2 for $440 obo, both lightly used trade ins. If you like the Jolida sound, the extra power of the 302 will allow more speaker options both now and in the future.
Why not pitch a discounted offer to buy both in order to free up more loudspeaker $$.
SalkSound "Songtowers" may then become affordable. A Dennis Murphy design with optimized qwt bass output in a very small footprint and Jim Salk quality cabinets - what's not to like?
Thank JB0194! I would love to get the 302, but it is going to be too big. This is going to be our main system, and my wife (who is fully supporting this puchase!!!) requires that all the equipment sit in an stereo cabinet -- thus requiring the smaller Jolida ( I've been assured that if I give it enough headroom and an open back, I'll be fine. I think the 302 may be too big, but worth checking out!
Another question about the Quad 22l2's --- Does anyone know how far off the wall they need to be? They sounded fine in the dealer, but they were a good 5 feet of the wall. Mine will be at most 1.5 to 2 feet off the wall, with the right speaker not too far from the room corner?
Should this cause the base to boom too heavy? The Quad website recommends 350 mm (1.15 ft), but some forums online recommend a lot more. Any thoughts?
Martyw: No direct experience with the 22Ls, though it would not surprise me if they liked to breathe, as that's true of a lot of speakers. (Have also heard some people like the less expensive 21s better, I think.) I also have a small room, and need to go close to the rear wall. As I've said on a couple of other threads, I decided on the North Creek Eskas for this reason, since they are designed for a foot and in. I enjoy mine (9 inches out), and though you're looking to spend less, NC has other models (the Okras) for the same application for considerably cheaper. NC sells mostly kits, but if you have the boxes built it is a straightforward DIY project, and will likely save you considerable money over new speakers of similar quality. Well worth giving George Short of NC a call (http://www.northcreekmusic.com/) John