It's been a while since I've been on here, but given some changes in life, I'd like to alter my audio system. More specifically, I need to downsize from tower speakers to a pair of standmount/bookshelf speakers... And, unfortunately, I don't really have the room to spare for the stands, so I use the term "standmount" loosely. For reference, my current system consists of:
- Steinberg MI-4 DAC (USB input, S/PDIF output)
- ADA SSD-66 (5.1) preamp/processor (I run it in stereo and use the onboard DAC)
- Bryston 4B (Very old, with plain old RCA inputs)
- B&W DM580's
The system doubles as a home theatre setup... Or, more accurately, it "doubles" as a music system, as I haven't had much time to listen to it. Still, music is my priority, and I'd rather have the new speakers be more music than movie oriented. The Steinberg DAC will soon be replaced with an older (~ 3 year old) Cambridge Audio DAC Magic, so I'll be running a pure analog output through the preamp.
Now, as mentioned, my issue is the lack of space... I live in a 500 square foot apartment, and space is at a premium. I no longer have the space the towers require, and I'd rather go with something smaller that I can wall-mount or put on a shelf... Yes, I do realize it's not ideal, but again, I'm willing to take a slight hit in sound quality to save the space.
I know there's lots of speakers available that will perform well in these conditions, but I need something that isn't too pricey... I'm probably looking in the range of about $250 to $450, all inclusive, for new or used. I'd prefer used, as I can save on taxes and I'll probably get a better speaker for the money, but I'm willing to look at new as well.
I've done a bit of thinking, and I think my big concerns are clarity and "imaging"/soundstage (I think)... Basically, I want to listen to the music, not the "speakers". Bass response isn't as much of a concern... I'm willing to pick up a passive sub at some point to fill out the sound. I've read good reviews of the Focal Chorus 705V/706V line, but haven't had a chance to hear them, and a new set of 705V's costs $500 at a local shop... The 706V's are even pricier. The Wharfedale 10.1's seem good too... A shop here has them for closer to $300, IIRC, but I've also read that they require more space behind them due to the rear ports...
I'm not brand-selective, and I'll have a listen to as many speakers as I can, but I'm just looking for suggestions on good speakers that don't need a lot of room behind them
... I'd like to have them as close to the wall as possible (less than 6" away"), either mounted directly to the wall or on a shelf. It seems like Focal, Wharfedale, Klipsch, Tannoy, and Polk Audio are more-or-less in my price range (especially used), but that's a lot of possibilities...