deciding betw. some fine, small speakers-Advice?
Hi—First post! Long-time reader--I have made numerous purchasing decisions using this forum. You will see I am something of a budget audiophile. I am having trouble deciding between these fine speakers: B&W CM5, Dynaudio X12, DALI Ikon 1 MK2 (or a used MK1). More exotic, but still of possible interest: Dali Royal Tower, and B&W CM1. I have a space constraint, hence these speakers (the Royal Towers are the largest, being the only floor standers--also the most beautiful form factor, IMHO). I am requesting advice on which speakers will go best with a tube amp (MP-2a3C by Dared, for example) and which would match best with a pair of Bryston 2b bridged to monoblocks. I use a very transparent PS Audi pre-amp (PS-4 with no line amplification--close to a pass-thru signal). My sources will be Marantz SACD 8005 mostly, but eventually I will have my largish Redbook CD collection ripped to FLAC playing via a local, wired server, possibly a Mac.
I listen to everything, except hip-hop and rap (yes, I sometimes listen to some techno and hypno, despite being 55). I have a penchant for classic rock, prog rock, blues, jazz, and classical/neoclassical music. I have decent ears (trained by Monster Cable engineers) and have had some of the high end of my ears shot off by 45 years of playing drums. Additionally, I like (for contradiction’s sake) tubey sounds—meaning I seriously dislike listening fatigue and harshness in highs and mids. There is no Monster Cable in my Gear--I have hunted it down and replaced it with newer, less costly cables all around (think along the lines of Blue Jeans Cable, factory terminated). OK, I'll admit I still have a couple interconnects.
Your thoughts on possible speaker choices and matches to my amps are welcome. Thanks and fine listening!