Haven't heard the CM1 yet. The Leema certainly looks interesting & very cheap. The PMC DB1 has had good reviews from people that I know (I've only heard it at a show) although I found the top a bit insistent for my tastes.
Linn speakers are designed to be used close to a wall. I think the Dali Ikon standmount is in your budget & has a good balance & beautiful top to it.
Hi Everyone.I am seeking advise on 3 or 4 suitable types of speakers to go with a roksan kandy mk3 amp and cd player.I am using a chord chorus 2 interconnect and chord epic speaker cables with chord signature jumpers.My current speakers are b+w 602 S3's,which I enjoy,but I now want to upgrade.My room size is 13" x 12" so looking for a standmount and decent stands.My speaker budget is between £500-£900. I have read a lot of mag reviews,and whilst I am aware it is ultimately my ears that will decide,I appreciate all of your opinions. Thanks
I use a Kandy L3 amp with Quad 21Ls and this combination work well and according to the guys at Chord is a set that they are often asked to suggest cabling for. The 21Ls are floor standers but the 12Ls contain the same drive units and should still work well with the Roksan. I'd previously used Quad 11Ls on Atacam stands but must say I appreciate the extra bass the 21Ls deliver. Having said all that, I haven't heard the Mk 2 versions of these speakers and I understand from the reviews that the new tweeter can harden the sound. The Epos M12.2 are a good comparison and although I preferred the Quads when I auditioned against Epos speakers it was a close call and a matter of personal preference.
When I can afford it I fancy ungrading my speakers for PMC or ProAc, I had transmission line speakers in a previous set up and really liked the quality of the bass so I'm really attracted to the PMCs. Their standmounter is DB1+ and costs around £675 while the ProAc model is the Tablette Reference 8 (£720). Either of these models would be a significant step up from your current B&Ws but of course the stands will push them to the limit of your budget.
I'd be interested to hear how your listening trials go.
Roger,Thanks for your reply.I am trying to find a dealer where i can listen to ProAc,PMC,and maybe ATC with Kandy set up.Looking on websites I might even push the boat out if I could hear PMC TB2+ and ProAC TR8 SIgnature as well.Regarding speaker stands though Roger,am I right in assuming it's better to spend an extra £100 on the speakers? Just going off the hi-fi mags,they all rave about Partington Super Dreadnoughts,but are Apollo and Atacama really £75-£100 worse? I,ll be more interested listening to speakers than stands,rightly or wrongly. I,d appreciate your views on the above. Cheers,Phil.
Phil, I'm with you on the stands issue. Speakers need a solid platform so I wouldn't go really cheap but Atacama stands that I used with the Quad 11Ls were fine. Well made, solid and weighty and looked good. Anything beyond their price range the law of diminishing returns starts to hit home very quickly (fine of course for those with lots of money to spend!). Invest the money in the speakers because that's where the real differences will reside.
OK Roger,I'm hoping to start some serious listening in next few weeks.I'll insist on blindfold test though,to eliminate the placebo effect of price means better/worse,and get some decent stands.I'll let you know what I end up having. I've also been looking on e-bay but I'm a bit apprehensive about going second-hand on something like speakers. Cheers.Phil.