I would try and bypass the CJ preamp, as it could be adding to much warmth, robbing you of exactly what you are saying you are missing ( try an inexpensive passive unit, such as a Schiit Sys, or a Douk Audio passive, the HiFi version on the Bay ). I went passive awhile ago, and would not go back to using a preamp. Enjoy ! MrD.
This I can chime in on for I have been involved with upgrading the
Loudspeakers internal wiring , connectors and especially upgrading the cheap stock crossovers , that most companies skimp on you can Dramatically improve Every aspect of its performance by putting in Highquality boutique capacitors ,resistors,and inductorsas well as quality solder .i just finished a $2k Monitor That competes with ease speakers 3x that. This is a very logical option if you ,or a friend can solder ,
for reference, they are decently high sensitivity 89. working easily with your 100 wpc amp.
The dual mids and ribbon tweeter should give you excellent mids and highs, EXCEPT, I believe your Triton 7's dual passive radiators are making too much bass that is not tightly controlled, masking everything else.
"And dual side-mounted inertially-balanced, planar sub-bass radiators deliver impactful, superbly detailed, subwoofer-quality bass performance".
Even reducing their bass by tone control is unlikely to give you what you are wanting, so I feel you will definitely achieve your goal when changing to new speakers, efficient enough to work well with your 100 wpc.
NEAT. (never heard any of them).
I presume you are not needing to blast rock and roll or 1812 overture anymore, correct? And wanting mids and highs, deep bass is not that important, also correct?
Willingness to forgo deep bass helps you get happy with a multitude of physically smaller enclosures, smaller drivers, thus smaller prices.
Narrower front faces also help get clear mids and highs.
NEAT Iota is one of the lowest sensitivity speakers around, only 84, I would avoid that.
NEAT Motive SX-1 design concept looks very interesting, narrow face, upward slant, not trying for extended bass, adding bottom port for some extended bass keeps the drivers/face narrow. and directs the port down, not into side/rear/corner walls. Much less likely to overpower mids and highs with unwanted room interactions.
It's sensitivity is low also, but at 87, a bit easier on your 100 wpc amp. IF it's lower port gives you trouble, (unlikely but possible) you could easily block it (as with any port). A bottom port is less likely to have room interaction
Larsen (never heard them) (similar to OHM),
My guess is they will not give you what you are seeking.
btw, I haven't checked out or listened to current stuff in years, so this is fun hopping about, learning this and that.
My comments are based on fundamental principles I learned along the way, very active learning/listening age 20-50; somewhat active 50-60; essentially in-active 60-70.
The goldenear amt is both loved/hated for its sound...but there is no doubt that amt's are fast and open...I'm thinking that if you are going to change, you might prefer another speaker with a similar fast top end....a RAAL, another amt...a Be.
Some suggestions include Legacy, Ascend Sierra RAAL models, Salk RAAL models, Selah ribbon models, Ryan Speaker 610 Be, Tekton Lore Be.
There are a lot of good choices and a lot depends on your room...as an example....the Magnepans are very narrow dispersion and need to out from the wall a minimum of 3'...more is better. The ohms have super wide dispersion and like to be close to the wall...12" or less.
i'm using Ohm 5000's in a small room. i went this route for the adjustability and flexibility for future use. also, i've got 300w mono's driving them, so again, beyond what you are talking about. none the less, after they broke in, i could not be happier. they are just great and virtually invisible. that's saying a lot for these monsters. i would give any Ohm a try.....their trial period is hard to beat.
Thanks to all who have responded
To Mr. decibel1
The CJ PV-14L SE is a line stage. Therefore, can you explain what a passive pre-amp brings to the table and possibly improves the sound?? (especially an inexpensive one) Remember, I also have a CD player and turntable to plug in.
Also, I need a remote. The CJ's remote is excellent because it is smoothly calibrated at 0.5 steps. It also has an excellent balance control. Unfortunately, the plastic case is cheap.
To elliotnew.... The room is size is 12X15 with almost 9 ft ceilings It opens into a dining/kitchen space of approx. 12X22 The two spaces are separated by 70 inch wide coach. There is an area rug in front of the couch and a recliner, and three book shelves. There are two small area rugs attached to the sidewalls and also back of the speakers and 2 wall maps of no acoustical consequence.