I have heard the curve with state of art gryphon electronics and HMS cabling. Wonderful, layered, transparent, dynamic, but a bit warmish sound. Not that one, which was described ny the Hifi Choice with Audionet partnerering (cool and transparent). I did like very much. I think that should be a good buy.
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Here are some Curves in a virtual system-
There are a couple of additional options that might be worth considering-
1) Buy the new ACT used- there was a pair posted here not long ago with some minor cosmetic flaws- you'd get a huge discount, and a trip to your local furniture restoration expert might be able to take care of the cosmetics.
2) Buy the original ACT-1 used- they don't show up often, but are usually in the $5-6k range. Wilson Benesch dealers can upgrade the original mid/base drivers to the newer 'tactic' drivers for about $1.5k. This should get you close to the new ACT in overall performance, except for the additional low bass extension that the new ACT has due to its increased internal volume.
FWIW, I own a pair of ACT-1s and love them- from a brief audition, the new ACTs are amazing and a definite improvement. In any case, you probably can't go wrong with the Curves or either of the possibilities above.
Thanks Phil. I'm curious--did you have the chance to compare the Curves with the larger ACTs? Perhaps you could share your thoughts about the Curves in greater detail--I'd be interested in the size of the room and how they are working for you in that space. I'm wondering if I need to go with ACT's in my 22 X 14 X 9 space or if the Curves could do the trick. Are they sufficiently full range?