midground btwn Dynaudio X38 and Vandersteen Treo
I live in a town where one has to drive considerable distances to audition quality speakers in person.
I'm looking for a full-range floor-stander. Definitely no sub-woofer. Probably a 3-way.
In recent weeks I've heard B&W CM10, Dynaudio Excite X38, Vandersteen Treo and Sonus Faber Venere 3.0.
My impressions in a nutshell: the B&W and Dynaudio were both very musical, though perhaps ultimately slightly polite. Neither quite did it for me in the bass, though the X38 probably went a little lower.
The Treo had tremendous bass. Overall, it sounded like a little too much of a good thing; not brash, but the opposite of polite (lively?). The Venere was even more so. I described it as Technicolor. Incredible height, room-filling sound, but ultimately not very convincing. Deep bass, but boomy not tight.
So basically, if this makes any sense, I'm looking for something that might split the difference between the sonic signatures of the Dynaudio and the Vandersteen.
I have the PSB Synchrony I and the new Revel F208 pegged for audition, if I can get to a store that carries them. I'm a bit worried that the PSB appears to be being discontinued, and I wonder if they might soon introduce a new model line at their top end.
So two questions: will either of these contenders fit the bill? And is there another that I should add to the shortlist. I've read reviews, but they don't always match with my own listening impressions (e.g. people commenting on excellent bass from the X38s).