The Front End is Done. Upgrade Speaker Ideas
Okay, it's taken six months to build my system after being out of high-end audio for 15 years. I've upgraded my front end with the following:
Pass Labs X250 amp, Cary SLP-88 Tube Preamp, Music Hall CD 25 as transport with MF A-24 DAC, Project Wood Classic TT with Dynavector 20X High Output MC cartridge, McCormack Micro Phono drive, BPT 2.5 balanced power unit for low power front end, two 20 amp dedicated lines using Virtual Dynamics cryo treated cable, recepticles and breakers tied into a sub-panel from my house main panel. I'm using all Harmonic Technology Truthlink interconnects. I'm using JPS Digital AC powercord for the digital source and HT Fantasy AC 10 for the amp. Also using Synergistic Research Master Coupler cord for the preamp. I have also isolated the TT by mounting it on a dedicated bracket into the wall studs about four feet behind the speakers, which are also two feet from the side walls.
All of this is pushing signal into a pair of Thiel CS-2 speakers. Everything sounds good. And with each step I noticed significant audible improvements. The three greatest differences were heard when I changed the amplifier, upgraded the phono cartridge and added the two 20 amp lines with the BPT unit. While it seems backwards, I'm now ready to upgrade the speakers. Please, please, fellow audiogoners, give me some suggestions for speakers to mate to the above electronics. I'm considering Thiel 2.4s to start, or 3.6s for the added bass response. Also, my local dealer is recommending ML Ascent is. However, I heard they are not very good with hard rock music. Any other suggestions are appreciated.
My musical tastes are varied and eclectic. I listen to everything, except rap and techno/dance/house. I lean more towards jazz for everyday, but I do like to bring down the house with good rock and roll. I find I'm listening to vinyl more than CDs and have started to collect new vinyl, as well as resurrected my old vinyl with a Nitty Gritty record cleaner.
Room size is 12'X14'X9'(H). I have some standing wave issues, but at my typical listening volume level, it doesn't seem to be a big problem. I will deal with it at some point. My room is heavily furnished along the walls wth wood bookcases.
Your speaker suggestions are appreciated.