big passive atc's or another seminal monitor style
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Putting two sets of speakers in one room is usually problematic, as the undriven pair acts as passive radiators, diminishing the clarity of the sound. That is why the best dealers do SSD or single speaker demonstrations, actually moving the pair under evaluation into the sound room devoid of any other speakers.
I'm sorry that I can't give you a speaker recommendation but I do have some thoughts: I would guess that you made some compromises in your main system - that it is tuned to play all the music you like acceptably well. Perhaps this is a good time to address those compromises. Buy speakers that compliment the Klipschorns by virtue of having different strengths, and then optimize both speaker systems for the type of music that each does particularly well. Just a thought.
I like the Quad idea too. Your room is big enough for them, your amps are well suited, and you clearly like a fast sound. I would go for the 989 to get extra bass. I imagine you could place them against the front wall when you'r not using them, with a blanket on them. Let us know what you come up with. Best, Peter
PS - I'm not convinced the new series of Quads justifies the price difference - though they are cool looking.
I have 5 pairs of speakers in a room about the same size mentioned.. I don't seem to notice any problem. what am I supposed to 'hear' the unused speakers doing to the sound of the room?
Stickman: I think you've got the right idea: mix it up a bit, that's what I do; I can go from big bad efficient L-200s to small inefficient mini monitors.
Xiekitchen, I believe that my statement, "diminishing the clarity of the sound" is accurate and concise. Perhaps, "adding a chocolate syrup coloration to the lower midrange and disturbing image specificity due to the perturbations in phase relationships" would be a more appropriate description for those of an audiophile bent on this site.
But seriously, why not just take four pairs of speakers out of your room and listen for yourself? The old adage always holds, if you can't hear it, it doesn't exist - for you anyway. The physics of the thing cannot be in dispute, however. The undriven cones are going to respond to stimulation from the sound waves produced by the driven speaker. Flap in the breeze, as it were.
Stickman, I personally would stick with the horn speakers, especially if you are a tube nut. You could always buy some smaller Klipsch speakers and do a multi-channel set-up with all of it! If you must go with some dynamic speakers, the ProAc Studio 140's are a nice, relatively inexpensive floor-standing option. They will give you a pretty darn good soundstage.
What speakers would you add into the room? Of course they cannot be too HUGE because most likley they would be moved out of the sound field when listening to the Khorns. Got any ideas?I have one -- based on experience (in a bigger room): Audio Physic Avanti.
Seriously. No kiddin. As an alternative to K horns, it was quite good.
Presumably, any spkr that's similar sounding would be similarly indicated.
Of course, the Khorns stayed, & the owner alternated (still does) between spkrs at will.