Decisions on standmounts: ATC, Dynaudio, ProAc, Sonus Faber

I’m considering the following speakers models:
Dynaudio Contour S1.4
ProAc Tablette 10 Signature
Sonus Faber Sonetto II

Currently I’m listening to a pair of Wharfedale Denton 80th Anniversarry, everything so musical and well done with this speakers, it sound sweet smooth engaging if powerd by a Class D Audio SDS-470C with upgraded power supply, it sound near to neutral with very accurate dimensional Hi-Fi details if powerd by an NAD M22 v2 power amp. Having said that, I would like to have another set of speakers to play with, most probably I would something that sound balanced from top to bottom, while not too clinical analytical or too lush warm sounding to begin with. For critical listening, usually I’m using the Sennheiser HD 600, source signal from Fostex HP-A3 DAC/preamp. I will save a FLAC file if i like/love a track, then I will also convert it to mp3 vbr0 as another copy for car playback.


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+1 @kenjit 

Fully agree with you on this. Most speakes have a very uneven freq. response placed in a normal listening room. Can easily differ 
+/- 10 db.  And these "real" freq. curves looks very different from speaker to speaker. That's why they also sound different. Shouldn't be like that. The difference should be in other areas like resolution, dynamics, spl capacity and so on. Big problem when you want a speaker that plays well on all kinds of music. ATC comes close to that though. After running the signal through a good room and speaker calibration system they begin to sound similar though. For your information waiting for the Quested V3110 monitor which I hope will be the end of the search.

If I wanted something really different I wouldn't choose a Sonus Faber speaker. 
Quested v3110 has it all. End of game.
+ 1 shadorne
Always interesting views and experience from you. So far havn’t had any problems with the mid but promise to raise the volume. Don’t really understand how they manage to get this bass into a not to large box. Massive though. Weighs a ton... :-)

A warm recommendation for anyone with big ATC’s (or similar):

Durand Jones & The Indications - "First". Last nine tracks Live from Boston.
@ kenjit

if the recording is "pleasing" then it's fine. But I don't want the speakers (or anything else in the chain) to "please" it for me. So I go for accurate speakers/monitors capable of producing loud levels at low distortion with high resolution and dynamics. For me ATC, Westlake and more recently Quested fulfills that. There are many more of course. When the recording is fine they give me the best of sound. Real music is not always pleasing. It can be really hard and brutal :-)

The Quested monitor (passive) H108 together with a pair of REL T Zero subs I can recommend any day to someone that wants a beautiful sounding (but not too small...) desk top system. Driven by a PW AMP.