Green Mountain Europas...once you hear a time/phase speaker...you will never go back...and yes...they can easily fill up your room...$900 retail...
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I have just traded a pair of Europas with the intent
to buy some C-3's.
But I have a pair of VR 2's coming tomorrow or Tuesday
so I will have a direct comparison between the two.
I love the Europas and may buy another pair.
And the Europas were plenty for my 20x20x12 room.
But we will see what the VR 2's can do.
I am using GMA Europas in a space 35'x75', firing crosswise. They're supplimented with a single, active Tyler 12" subwoofer. Without resorting to too many adjectives, I can say that the Europas are the finest speaker I have personally experienced. The accolades they have received here and in other forums are deserved. My recent past includes Vandersteen 2ce and Tyler Taylo Reference Monitors.
Although the soundstage is wide and deep in the traditional listening position, the qualities inherent in the time-aligned, phase-coherent design of the Europas are present regardless of where I am in the space. They are truly impressive at ALL sound levels.
I was so intrigued by these speakers that I sold my previous system and built my present system entirely around them. Associated gear: Edge M8, Edge T3, NAD541i, Ack!Dack, Discovery IC's and cables. A minimalist system that continues to amaze and improve.
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Yes, monitors can work in a large room providing they have sufficient bass response. Penaudio nicely addressed this issue by adding a passive woofer system that mates with all their monitors. So, you can have the benefit and sound of an amazing reference monitor and the impact of a floor stander with the same footprint by adding their Chara bass units. www.portalaudio.com or www.penaudio.fi. They will be back at CES in room 2055.