Newerby - Well, good that you should ask. Your initial inclination about speakers suggests to me that you need to focus on that issue a bit more. The speakers which you mentioned have different amplification requirements and sound very different from each other. For example the Thiel house sound tends to be very detailed and revealing and if not driven the right associated electronics can sound very bright and/or annoyingly harsh. But, properly driven they are not overly bright, can image incredibly well, and can be very dynamic. The Vandersteens are much more forgiving of the electronics used and the environment you put them in however they will probably not be the imaging/revealing speakers that the Thiels are. The safe selection is the Vandersteens but you should try to listen to both before you chose. And, if you are ambivilent about either, I would suggest you check out the Spendor line which are a good compromise, are easily driven (most models anyway) and are priced well in the used market. When you select your speaker, check back re electronics...one step at a time brings the best recommendations.
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