I own Duette's and IMO they're spectacular. With the Duette's being 18.5" high by 14.0" deep, you might want to double check to see if you've got ample room on your Audio Desk to hold them.
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Yes, I have several pairs of headphones and rarely use any of them, except Sony MDR SA5000 once in a blue moon as they are lightweight, fast and transparent, albeit a bit thin in the bass.
I do wonder if I might enjoy Stax electrostatics but generally don't want to wear headphones unless absolutely necessary.
Raks, thank you - the audio desk continues to be a work in progress so if necessary (or even if not necessary) will likely rebuild, change and/or move the monitors.
Duettes definitely chunkier than my ATC SCM 7s however as you can see in the photos.
The WATT cabinet arguably prettier to look at however not sure how well they would work given port in the rear?
Any thoughts on Wilsons with Pass Labs?
Beatiful room and interesting system and interests. Just one thought. If you need a small footprint, use nearfield and like sweet mids and low volume listening, have you considered the lower power tube or hybrids, paired with efficient speakers? A first watt, red wine, or decware? Perhaps with sonus faber or zu? Just a thought.
Thank you and oh yes, I had definitely thought about tubes over the years, also given my obsession with midrange and as you point out, low volumes.
However, amoung other reasons I sometimes like to leave everything on 24/7 for convenience and don't want to have to worry too much about expense or maintenance.
To be clear, smaller footprint not necessarily for physical reasons but just to make the nearfield as near as possible.
The high efficiency debate is an interesting one but ever since passing on Klipsch speakers to buy my first set of Magnepans circa 1979 I seem to have stayed in the lower efficiency camp.