I sold my Series 's after 8 years and also after i had all the tweaks: Northcreek Xovers, the S Anchor stands and a Anodyne filter. I have the VSM's. I'm not sure if the TSM's will fulfill you bass requirements.
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I have 801 series 3 in my main system. However, I have a second system I really love. ARC LS12 preamp, Musical Fidelity A3CR amp, McIntosh MR-71 with Mullard and Telefunken Gold Pins and Swans M-1 mini-monitors, Analysis Plus 9 bi-wires, Pioneer DVD-626D, and one Infinity HPS-500 sub on very low at about 70hz crossover. I simply love the imaging, space, and air. I too thought about how crazy it is that a $5k system can be so good and come so close to capture what I want. Yet, when the music opens up and orchestra moves forward the 801 s3 really make you happy. If you can I would try some inexpensive but fantastic equipment like Musical Fidelity and have your 2-way monitors. It will provide such a intimate relaxed time you will relish every minute. They both have their place.
try looking at the vsm-m or se's and upgrade them to m's. i have never heared the tsm's but own the vsm-ms and have listened to the 801s. although not the last word in base the merlins are muuuuch more musical and seemless. (i listen to jazz and classical) plus the are 99db eff. you could drive them with ease via the vtl 85. (maybe pick up some synergy from the pre?) if the tsm's are half as good as the vsms...they will (to me) be more musically satisfying. fwiw
PS: While I don't know what base is I think another piece in this puzzle is the room geometry, acoustics, and your priority. I often tell friends just like you would not trust me when I say "I just eat the best meal in the world" there is no such thing as a universal best musical sound. But there is for you. Why do guys seem to turn everything into a contest? Keep off the Viagra! Darn it!
I went ahead & ordered the used TSM-M's; Ruby Heart finish, with Osiris stands. The TSM-M's don't show up used that much yet & since it was the finish I wanted thought I'd better go for it. Now it will be fun comparing the 2 amps that I have, & the 802's vs. the Merlins. Then deciding whether to set up a 2nd system w/the Merlins & VTL, or sell the B&W's & use the Merlins for my main system.
Thanks again for the feedback here, lots of useful advice!