Blade 2, Sabrina, Fact 12, Sopra 2 or Scala ?

Having had my NAD C370/Canton Ergo RC-L for two decades, im now up for a very exciting and an serious upgrade. The Ergo is true full range, but a bit sharp in the treble, the combination gives a warm, intimate sound (a bit small soundscape, midrange with drawn, details ok), and by the way my Audeze LCD-2.2 with Burson Conductor Virtuoso sounds amazing to me.

Have spent quite some time auditioning speakers in different sizes, price ranges, brands, both here in Stockholm and last few years i was living in Singapore (Adelphi is a 6 story shopping mall with audio and high end only stores - go there if you get the chance!! ), ive made the following shortlist.

- Focal Sopra no 2 or 3
- Focal Scala Utopia v2
- PMC Fact 12
- Raidho C-2.1
- Kef Blade 2
- Wilson Audio Sabrina

i listen to Drum´n´Bass, EDM, Compressed Pop, Contemporary and classical jazz, some blues, opera and classical and modern and old fart rock. No LPs or CDs, only FLAC and lossless streaming.

Music and how the artform and the artists having created the music (-art piece) - moves me, affects me emotionally either by the fun and joy it creates or just being touched. I want the system to communicate feelings rather than presenting facts. Music and musicians play for me in the room, things should feel they happen in the room (in contrast to feeling transported into the recording, to another place) Slight warmth and very slight forgiving preferred to perfect neutrality.
Electronics? my NAD M51 and the Mac Mini + Amarra will stick for a few years but i intend to buy ML, Pass Labs, MBL, Boulder, Burmester, Bryston, Plinius (also preferably demo or preowned) depending on which speaker i choose.

Live in Stockholm and will buy in europe, either new, demo or pre owned (thus the huge price range from PMC fact 12 to Scala Utopia 2 for example).
havent had the chance to try any of them in my 5,5x4.2 room (23sqm) with 3.1 ceiling, will move in a year or two and expect 25 - 40 sqm livingroom or livingroom+kitchen in the new place)

Have listened to most besides Kef Blade 2 (heard Reference 1 and 3 though), and Raidho only the XT2.
The others ive listened to in different rooms, with different electronics (often weeks or months apart .... )

Anything ive missed and should include?
Any recommendations or suggestions how the speakers compare, and in home conditions and after owning them for a while etc? Any recomendations on matching with electronics etc. is awesome for second hand by the way!

thanks in advance, anny comments, suggestions or feedback apreciated !

Out here in Southern California I have had the opportunity to hear most of the speakers you have listed. I liked the Focal quite a bit but the best of the bunch for me was the Blades. I have not heard the Blade2 (only the big brother) but it looks like this maybe the best option for a normal sized room. I am going to go out and hear the Paradigm Persona 9H before my next speaker purchase. I will do this in Toronto in a few months since it is very hard to locate a dealer in my area with the 9H. It will take a lot to make me change my mind from buying the Blades.

I went to hear the KEF Reference 1 and 5 a few years ago because I loved the Blades so much. I was not as impressed with these speakers as the Blades. The way the Blades present the sound seems so realistic to my ears. The KEF reference line seemed more like normal speakers. Similar in sound presentation to many of the speakers you have listed.
" Anything ive missed and should include?
Any recommendations or suggestions how the speakers compare, and in home conditions and after owning them for a while etc? Any recomendations on matching with electronics etc. "

You'll need good bass for the type of music you listen. If you can find a good used pair of Genesis V's, you may want to consider them. Best bass out of any full range speaker I've ever owned. The mids and highs are great too, but the bass is incredible.

I think an Ayre/Vandersteen combo would be a good choice as well. The 2 brands work so well together, you need to hear it to believe it. A pair of Vandersteen Model 2 or 3's, with a pair of matching subs, driven by Ayre 5 series electronics will probably be the last you ever buy. Its only fair to note that I have a very heavy bias for these 2 brands, and everything I just recommended I own.

Aerial would be another good choice. They play very loud and clean, and have tons of bass.

One last general recommendation I would make, is to buy a system that suits your needs.A common mistake a lot of people make is they go around and demo gear with a bunch of high end recordings, and when they take the system home, they don't like how it sounds when listening to the music they actually listen to. Some of the speakers you listed above are very unforgiving and probably won't match well with your music. Expensive "high end" components are not always the right choice.
As we discussed once before,  we would welcome you to visit our showroom in Jersey City to hear both the Blades as well as the Paradigm Persona 9H in the same room at the same time which might make it easy.

Both the Blades and Personas are remarkable speakers that rival the $70k and above reference Wilson and JM Labs products, for a lot less.

With that being said both are tricky, the Paradigms have such remarkable transparency you have to tune them with warmer electronics, the Blades use side firing woofers and their bass quality and quantitity is affected more by room placement and configuration, they too have great clarity and dyanmics but are a bit less transparent and throw a gigantic slightly less holographic sound stage. Bass on both speakers is amazing, the Personas bass is a bit tighter and a tad more dry. The Blades bass is truly spectacular with a bit more thump.

Our pairing of the T+A electronics with the Personas is a stunning combination with remarkable clarity and a spooky holographic feeling. 

In our experience, the T+A equipment reprsents the highest quality electronics with some of the most uniue technology and some of the best sound you will ever hear.

The T+A integratred amp at $19k was compared to $120k worth of CH precision equipment, in the TAS review, March 2016 issue, you can read it on line,  and Allan Taffel was having a hard time differentiating which was better. There are very few affordable amplifiers that can play at that level, the T+A gear is such. 

T+A runs their solid state devices on high voltage rails which mimics the sound of tubes but without their limitations, add in a massive power supply and the amp produces 300 watts at 8 ohms and 500 watts at 4 ohms and basically appears limitless. Combine that with a huge sound stage and a warm midrange, this is truly amazing gear.

You can compare the T+A gear to Boulder, CH Precision, Dagastino, and you will find that their equipment is in that uber league yet costs considerably less. 

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I will agree with you on the Reference vs the Blades, the Blades are much more holographic and their midrange and imaging is even better.
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