Don’t buy something you haven’t heard unless you can make a good enough deal to not take a significant loss when you sell it.
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I have ProAc speakers right now. You can see my system on line here at Audiogon. On my way to those I bought and sold many speakers on the used market while looking for the right thing for my system.
I have not heard the Boenicke speakers, and they have some great reviews. My comment was only a general comment based on my experience. I bought and sold a number of highly reviewed speakers along the way that were fine, but not to my personal taste.
Good luck with your search.
If this is an important decision to you perhaps you might find a way
to go hear them? (As well as all the other contenders on your list. Call it a vacation unless your significant other is coming too. In that case it is just a "Getaway". Send her shopping somewhere else for the day while you do some listening!!
@infection, I’m guessing you’re in the USA? If in U.K. I can provide a home demonstration.
In USA Audioprana is the distributor and there are a number of YouTube videos by them you might want to check out.
The W5, W8 and W11 all exhibit similar characteristics, being very naturally balanced and open sounding, not constricted all all, and particularly with the W11 an amazingly good tight and extended bass. All three designs use solid timber cabinets which are CNC machined inside forming a clam shell construction. All the drive units are carefully selected and matched, the timber midrange unit on the W11 being unique. Sven Boenicke uses top quality network components throughout. All his speakers employ a unique decoupling system which produces a much clearer stereo image.
We use amplification by Mola Mola which is an incredibly good combination, both being extremely neutral and capable of really good transient response and upper and lower bass detail.
We are here to help.
We will be presenting listening events throughout North America in 2019. Please let us know if you would like to schedule an audition.
We appreciate your consideration.
I demoed 15 speakers in the last year and ended up with Boenicke. I wrote a review of them all here:
Thanks for your question and interest.
Yes, the SE and SE+ models are clearly an upgrade, if the budget and system allows. They are Sven's "reference" designs.
The SE and SE+ models come with the Swing Base, which is part of the reason for the better performance. The Swing Base is optional for the Standard Version. Here is a link to some details and measurements for the Swing Base: http://boenicke-audio.ch/miscellaneous/
You can read more about the W8 options here (go to the bottom of the page): https://www.boenickeaudio.com/w8speaker/
You can read more about Sven's process and techniques here: https://www.boenickeaudio.com/about
Please let us know if you have more questions or need help. We appreciate your time and consideration.
We need to clarify our involvement. We represent Boenicke Audio in North American and work directly with Sven Boenicke. You can visit the Switzerland website here: http://boenicke-audio.ch
You can also contact:
Park Avenue Audio www.parkavenueaudio.com
Audio Prana pranadistribution.com
You can contact us directly for listening events and private auditions: www.BoenickeAudio.com
We appreciate your enthusiasm and interest in Boenicke Audio.
Great review of Boenicke W11’s including comparisons with the W8.
We have here in U.K., W11’s and W5’s on permanent demonstration, used with Mola Mola pre/dac and Mola Mola power amps. Digital sources include the Fidata server.