Bookshelf Help: Revel v. Merlin v. SFaber v Vienna


It's not easy for me to listen to these speakers from where I'm currently located, so I figured I'd try to solicit some help from those more knowledgeable. The speakers I were considering:

1.Revel M20
2.Merlin TSM-M
3.Sonus Faber Concertino Domus/Home
4.Vienna Acoustics Haydn (admittedly, I know very little about this company)

I've done searches (there are a good deal of posts between Revel and Merlin with what equal amounts of praise for both. there are also a good deal of posts between Vienna and Sonus Faber with people apparently leaning toward the Vienna's) but am having trouble compiling all the information. First things first, a little about myself, my computer is my source and while I have a good deal of lossless music, I also have a fair amount of music with standard kbps (192-256). My understanding is that the Revel and Merlin might be very revealing of that. While I appreciate neutrality and honesty greatly, I also have a preference toward warmth and smoothness. Some things to consider, a speaker that is a little forgiving of placement (not a huge factor) is preferred and I listen to every type of music. I already know that the Revel's have much better bass than the Merlin's while the Merlin's might be a tad brighter. Synergy is important, so another thing worth noting is that I use a Classe integrated amp.

The most important aspect for me is that I want the speakers to be "musical." I worry if something is too analytical that it will not be good for me. This post isn't about which is "better" as I'm sure they're all fantastic and I probably couldn't lose going with any of them, but I'm trying to perhaps find one that might fit me better.
freckling
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look at my response on audioasylum.
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Hi, perhaps it's the Sonus Faber Auditor Elipsa you should be looking at instead of the Domus? It would seem to fit your sonic description and certainly is a speaker I'd call forgiving with regard to placement, though it feels finer near a wall (deep bass is, understandably, not its main forte; beautiful voices are). I haven't heard the speaker in my own home, but we carried it around the dealer's place to experiment and even sitting in a corner it seemed in control.
I own the Merlin TSM-Mxe's and I would never characterize them as bright. They are magically smooth and coherent. Once properly placed they throw a deep and wide sound stage that's so 3D it's scary. The bass is abundant (within its range and for such a small driver) and phenomenally articulate.
Hi,
first the disclaimer: I own both the latest generation VSM and TSM speakers.
Being a musician, I use these speakers for work. Beside that, I enjoy the TSM together with the Berning ZH270 more than I would ever have said it about the SF Guarneri, which used to be in my studio before.
You can do a lot with these speakers, they actually react to your equipment. Try it.
Sonus Faber is not a speaker it is a beautiful cabinet randomly filled with drivers and that is how it sounds.
I have the Merlin TSM-MMe-s and they're excellent. They are sensitive to placement and, optimally, your seating position should be least 9 feet back. Merlin provides a set-up jig that helps get the toe-in correct and I have found that they sound best - in my set up - slightly tilted back. One advantage of the Merlins - depending on the size of your room - is that they are a sealed design and, therefore, may be less boomy and easier to integrate to your room than ported designs. Also, the Merlins like tubes and I believe user opinions are more varied from those using ss.

Another speaker I have experience with is the Tyler Acoustics Taylo monitor, which is also an excellent option to consider.
Hi everyone,

Thanks for all the responses and I took them all into consideration. I've already found my speaker of choice and I'm pretty happy. I realized I wanted an accurate speaker after all and it essentially came down to the Revel's and Merlin's. Both were no-lose situations
So what did you end up with?
I ended up with the Revel's because Merlin TSM-M's are very hard to find and the Mme/Mxe models are out of my current price range. When (if) I finally decide to upgrade my system in 3-5 years, the VSM's are going to go under consideration