If you want more bass get yourself a subwoofer and stop complaining.
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In that case I think your choice of the KEF is great. It sounds similar to the Vivids to me. I have heard both a lot.
I was looking at USAuidomart yesterday for some KEF's because of some anxiety I had with my 'new' speakers (resolved today). There were a lot of KEF Blades going for $12K,which is still a lot more than a demo Ref 3. However, the Blade is a big jump from the Ref 3.
I have the Ref 1, which have taken the place of my Harbeth Super HL5 Plus in my main system. They sound pretty big on their own. I have 4 subs in my system and one day turned them off and forgot to turn them back on. I noticed something was different in my system, but it took me a bit to put my finger on it, they do that well on their own. I haven't heard the Ref 3 but would expect them to play even bigger.
I auditioned tons of speakers in the price range and finally bought the Ref 3s. Took a long time for them to break in and, for a while, I thought I made a mistake. Once broken in, they opened up and now I love them. Speaker placement is really important. I finally hired an expert to do that and it took several hours. I don’t know wha Meta on the drivers means but my speakers are two years old and sounding great.
I have the Ref 3s and so am obviously biased. I think they’re exceptional and spent more than a year considering others at or around their price. I’d buy them again in a heartbeat over all the others auditioned. Indeed, they’re the only component I have the I would say I’ve fully reached my destination.
If you’re buying demos, perhaps you won’t have to worry about break in as other have noted - it takes a while.
I don’t find them to be finicky about placement as they’re fairly adjustable with the port inserts that come with them.
I will also say they are very rewarding when you improve things upstream.
I should add the following to my earlier posting. I was at a store listening to multiple speakers and trying to figure out which I liked best. The salesman commented that he was watching my facial expressions and body language while listening . While auditioning the KEFs, he said I was smiling and looked relaxed, which wasn’t happening with any of the other speakers. I thought about this, listened some more, and decided he was right. Ymmv.
The M33 is the best of the three of those IMO. Issue at the moment is it is slow getting them due to COVID. The others will be available much more quickly.
The Naim should sound great but is lower powered than the NAD I think.
I would not pair Krell with Kef.
You could also look at McIntosh. They have all-in-one. I have no idea how stable the software is.
KEF had noted that different markets want different designs. Overseas markets prefer "regular" looking speakers which is why the Reference line exists.
Just a note that anyone still looking for the older (non-meta) version, I was able to pick up a pair of Rosewood Reference 3 store demo pair for 50% off.