Vandersteen 1C with 2Wq or 2Ce Sig or 3A ??
Hello. I'm looking to change my speakers. I need something a little less bright and a little more refined. What I have now, Eosone RSF-600's sound like Polks or Def Techs, in case you aren't familiar with the Eosones. Though I think the Eosones are little brighter and somewhat muddier than the other two I cited. They are dipole speakers, BTW (6 drivers per cabinet). So they fill my little room (16x12x8ft) with ease.
The Eosones have plently of *slam*, more than I need in fact for my tastes. Even though I have extreme heavy metal music tastes (Six Feet Under, Gorefest, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Deicide, etc.) my preferred listening volume is rather *wussy*. :-) I'm guessing my normal SPL is 85dB SPL at the lowend to lower to mid 90's dBSPL. Though I suppose I should buy a ratshack SPL meter and get a decent estimate for you guys.
The room is a second bedroom in a condominium (cross between and apartment and a house). So I have neighbors on three sides thru the walls. Though they are pretty understanding when I occasionally "let the system rip" on Friday and saturday nights. The room itself is 16x12x8ft with two windows long the long wall and carpeted floors. I have the system along the opposite long wall with a couple cloth Metallica posters between the speakers. The speaker fronts are currently 28 inches from the back wall, 8 feet apart and 4 feet from the side wall. My chair is about 28 inches from the front wall (long wall with windows). The windows have wooden mini-blinds, which are probably accoustically reflective or diffusive )but not dead I'm assuming. The titanium dome tweeters are at ear level when I'm seated. Book shelves and books flanks both side of the short walls (diffusion?)
Most of the music I listen to is classical. Mahler, Sibelius, Hayden, Tchaikovsky, etc. I like the big symphonies and orchestras. I also enjoy small string quartets and brasswind emsembles (especially low brass - trombone, euphonium, baritone, tuba). Though I do listen to "Death Metal" on my downtime. The metal listening is no more than 30%, with classical being 60-70%.
I've heard the Vandersteen 1Cs about a year ago at a local hi-end store (Hoffman Stereo, Cleveland, OH). And I was thoroughly impressed with them. In fact the more I listened the more the Vandys grew on me. I audititoned various Def Techs, NHTs, Thiels, Talons - but the more I did the more I came back to the Vandersteens. Unfortunately I neglected to audition anything with heavy metal (I couldn't bring myself to bring those CDs on my first hi-end store visits). And since I'd rather not pay retail prices and would feel guilty about wasting the dealer's time if i'm not going to buy from him - I thought I'd try posting here first. I read Marakanetz's comments in the following thread
I started wondering is a Vandy 1C + 2Wq combo would be just the ticket for me in my room with my tastes? I always though I'd need a used set of 2Ce's or 3A to get that "full range sound" but maybe I don't? Feel free to pick on my tastes or equipments, BUT only if you also leave me some constructive advise! heheheh. Any quick, passing thoughts? (I know the forum gets a lot of these types of posts!)
Thanks in advance!
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