Originally Posted by Justin Andrew Parks
You make an incredibly valid point about elevated treble vs. brightness. I have only really been into "home audio" for about a year and a half so there is still a lot of learning taking place here. I will look into the Ascend and Salk offerings. My question off the bat is; are they both going to excel at higher volumes like the 590's or RF7III? Their "smaller" size causes initial concern although it very well may be completely unwarranted.
I believe the new SVS Prime series is supposed to be called Prime Pinnacle which I forgot to add to the list as it has me very intrigued. But, like you mentioned, details are limited at this point. (also, uthe more I learn, the more I fall out of love with SVS... their subs anyways). I don't plan on pulling the trigger until spring sometime and my 83s are still performing wonderfully so time is not much of an issue. Based on my listed preferences and desires, are there any specific KEF, Canton or Focal offerings you could recommend?
I really appreciate the replies this far! Thank you, Gentlemen.
Ah Prime Pinnacle, thank you.
I too have fallen out of love from SVS. Their bright speakers, underperforming subwoofers, and overpriced interconnects have done nothing but lose my respect from them. Of course, it’s really hard to compare with Rythmik, HSU, and JTR. I don’t blame them.
The 590’s and especially the RF7iii’s are going to be a whole lot more efficient than Salks or Ascends, but I would expect at normal listening levels that the detail and precision of both would beat out the others. They also have smaller woofers than the JBL’s and Klipsch, but I would say the bass is still pretty prominent, quality over quantity is the motif there. Of course it will not matter when used with a subwoofer, but the detail will still be there. In a 2.1 or 2.2 setup, I would expect the Ascends or Salks to win, but 2.0 would go to the JBL’s or Klipsch, most likely the Klipsch with the 10” woofers. But at low listening levels, again, I would expect the detail to really outclass these JBL’s and Klipsch, but if you want 100+ dB, I don’t think that the Ascends and Salks WONT hold their composure, but rather the JBL’s and Klipsch would hold it better... do you get what I’m saying?
As for Kef, I would look at the Q950’s.
I’m not too experienced with Canton, but those Vento 890.2’s look really good, $2600 a pair of A4Less.
Focal, id go with the Aria 936 off A4Less again. $2400 a pair.
DIY is also a fantastic idea mentioned by other people. The Titan-615’s are killers for only $700 a piece. You could do an LCR of them within budget. I would also expect them to be better than almost everything mentioned above. The 1099 is also a killer, and you can do an LCR of them within budget also. Go check out Diysoundgroup.com for all of the kits.