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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@freediver  @yogiboy  I think I have mentioned I'm not looking for an upgrade? Did I? I'm looking to hear something more neutral, I believe Harbeth speakers are musical, having said that no perfect speakers, I heard a pair of Harbeth SHL5 Plus speakers, I think it's a bit bright due to the metal tweeters, guess need proper matching with some gears too. I believe M30.1 is the more appropriate musical speakers for most people, but then I already got something similar which is the Wharfedale Denton, the price difference is so huge too, so for that reason I would not spend too much to get a similar sound.
@yogiboy The budget is roughly the speakers price that I have listed above.
@kenjit  Mind to reveal what you learn from the Q Acoustics Concept 300? It seem to me they just using the same drivers and technology?
@twoleftears Thanks for the suggestion, I'm afraid the speakers is not available in Malaysia.
It seem the ProAc does not get much vote, ATC as usual supported by many Hi-Fi enthusiasts, I agree Dynaudio woofers can be too stiff at times especially for drum music, I go for ATC if last question answered, is drum music easier to be played via ATC woofers? It seem very hard (maybe not so much elasticity compare to material like Kevlar bass driver by B & W?
@freediver I think I'll skip Harbeth M30.1 as there is review even my Wharfedale Denton sound similar, I guess it improve on the same basis with wider scale most probabaly, forward engaging mid sound I think.
@three_easy_payments I'm just shocking to notice that actually, initially I thought my new NAD M22 v2 is not as good as my previous power amp, not as sweet smooth engaging, but then after some listenings, the NAD power amp turns out to be a HD master, so accurate which unbelievable make my Wharfedale Denton sing near neutrally (everything sound flat, clean clear and dimentional as a picture to sound, while I will not consider as clinical and analytical though), perhaps the ports noise and amp matching still contribute to your little warm impression in this case.
Final decision set on a pair of Sonus Faber Sonetto I wood finish with stands...
@jaybe I'll try it someday, I'm curious what amp you use to drive the ATC SCM19? Is it V2 with the latest new ATC tweeters?
I'm already started listening to the Sonus Faber Sonetto I, sound pretty neutral light as first impression, without any hint of harshness, the bass dynamic is definitely better than Wharfedale Denton, though I think still need time to judge the break up process of the woofers and how well it perform with various complex tracks. At this price, excellent speakers design & craftsmanship by Italian,  I think they beat Harbeth in terms of build quality & materials used, sound wise I cannot comment much yet, stay tune!
I have been listened enough with the Sonus Faber Sonetto I, hmm I think the sound is neutral and flat across the spectrum, kinda lack coloration for some poorer recordings, which can be higher noise to my ears. I would plan on to attempt Spendor Classic 3/1 next, which from begin should be my first try before anything else in the market, how could I miss it? Anybody has faith in Spendor Classic line? The price of the bookshelf just roughly same or maybe even cheaper than Sonetto II I believe, and it's made in England, with some LS 3/5a brilliant magic?
@twoleftears Spendor Classic 100 of course would an ideal end game choice for pure music HiFi listening speakers, reality is out of my budge a lot haha, the bookshelf Classic 3/1 I would assume is big enough for me.
@gryphongryph The Graham is a British traditional speakers which sound forgiving for old school music too right?
@markalarsen  Both are not available easily in Malaysia, I'm not sure Ryan S610 can play some less than perfect recording in a mesmerizing way? Also the Joseph Audio Pulsar is double of my budget o_O, which I think I can buy a larger Spendor Classic which has more bass dynamic and extension.
@gphill Aerial Acoustics 5T sound ok with drum music? I suspect due to the woofers cone shape, it can be hard to move for drum music, also it's ring tweeters used, not sure I can stand harshness when playing Aretha's Ain't No Way...
@audiotroy I think all the odd figures for home consumer, i.e. ATC SCM(7,11,19), frequently I heard people said it is hard to drive ATC speakers properly, said need Class A blah blah etc. Do you think a Class D Audio SDS-470C or an NAD M22 V2 power amp enough to make the ATC sing beautifully?
@gregm  Judging from the 2nd hand sale posts here at Malaysia, obviously ATC is not a speakers I can play, first need very proper gear match, and it seem most do not, second the sound can be a bit revealing judging from most impressions stated, after many speakers trying, neutral is not the sound I want to play with, at least not someone who appreciate old school music or some high noise recordings, I need a speakers that can tune down those noise signals frequency. Sonetto I turns out not my cup of tea, as net as detailed as clear as it get, it's not engaging and musical enough to listen to, finding gears to bring out that is usually not my path. I hope Spendor Classic line will not disappoint, who knows?