If have I to choose between this two I would defently buy the ATC which consider to be very neutral and natural a little bit on the analytical side but very good overall.
Regarding the KEF LS50 I didn’t listen to them but if you Google on other forums there are many owners that were disappointed from them ,they don’t handle bass very well, don’t go deep enogh on the low frequencies and tend to be very bright.
I have been reading about the p3er, looks very good, my concern is also that it has an aluminum tweeter, so I am worried about the metallic sound the sizzling and harsh, I want a very clean sound, also I have read that this harberth is not recommend with rock music, which I hear, most classic rock, 70,80,90, can you tell me about the sound on the harbeth p3er tweeters?
I once owned the studio 20 v. 4. I agree that they might be too bright in a lively room. What amp are you using now? Regarding your amp upgrade, you might start another thread once you have found speakers. I believe, based on past threads I have followed, that the Emotiva a300 may prove to be a more forward and brighter amp than the Parasound a23.
Good luck in your search.
I’ve never had any problem with any type of music including rock. I am not aware of this metallic sound that you are describing.
Another nice speaker that I have owned is the Spendor 3/5r2,which is a little more laid back than the Harbeth.
Harbeth is excellent with classic rock. With hard rock and metal there are other speakers that can be rock harder though the smoother and forgiving Harbeth can actually be a good thing.
You can actually fit a SHL5 in that room though a safe choice would be the P3ESR and Compact 7ES3, if considering a Harbeth. The M30.1 is the warmest speaker in the Harbeth line with very nice vocals. However, it’s not a good all-rounder when compared to the other Harbeth speakers, in my opinion.
The ATC SCM7s are sealed boxes and will sound lightweight in the bass when compared to the fuller sounding Harbeth. Best if you can listen to both as the ATC and Harbeth sound quite different.
You need to build a system, not buy components. Your room can handle a bigger speaker than a stand mount. If you buy these 2 components, they'll make your current system sound broken. You won't need to use subs either. Get them maybe as a future upgrade. Also, the Vandersteen's have some unique features that helps deal with less than optimal placement.
Vandersteen Model 1
Parasound Halo Integraded amp with dac
I know what you mean about building a system, right now I am happy with my system, I have been building it for around tree years, I have a oppo 103, anthem avm 20 as preamp and a mix of xlo and audio sensibility cables, and the parasound zamp v3. I enjoy it but I want to improve on highs, I want the cleaner highs
The thing is... My wife doesn’t allowed me to put them, still I put some carpet panels on the ceiling which help a lot , but I doubt I can do more. But i kind of get used to it with this speaker, that’s why I’m looking for a mid scale speaker.the soundstage is not a priority As the neutrality and clean highs are.
Bigkidz, I dont think is the source, as Mentioned I tried the paradigm signature and the harsh disappeared , as clean as I want! The problem is that they are too forward and its higher dispersion was too much for the room, from mids to highs the bouncing was annoying I know the room acoustics is a problem , but I have to find a speaker that get benefits of it, so I think that maybe a polite speaker as the atc scm 7 is a good choice?