Best Mid Priced Floorstanders for HiFi + Home Cinema

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  1. TarMoo

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    If have been looking for speakers with a similar cost to the B&W 600 series 3 which would be used for Hi Fi and as part of a Home Cinema set-up in a room 15ft by 12ft. I don't plan to buy a sub-woofer initially, so a reasonable base response is required and I need to place the speakers relatively close to the wall.

    I have experienced the B&W 603 and Monitor Audio Silver S6. Of the two I prefer the 603 because the Monitor Audio speaker lacks base grunt. I haven't selected the Player/Receiver combo yet, but I expect to get something like the Denon 2910/2805.

    Other speakers I would like to hear opinions on relative to these two are
    • Acoustic Energy Evo
    • Kef Q Series

    And feedback one the relative merits of these speakers appreciated. :)
     
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    the Kef Q's have the weakest bass of the bunch, so given your preferences I wouldn't bother making a special trip to hear them. If you can though, no harm in listening - you can never demo too much.

    B&W DM603 are the goldstandard to beat, especially as so few modern speakers do bass or loud volume well (including B&Ws own pricier ranges..)

    Rega Juras (just discontinued) used to pack a punch though, if you can sneak a listen or find a bargain...
     
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    I ran the Q7s for two years without a subwoofer and the base was great.
     
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    Just looking at other recent threads in this forum it looks like two other candidate floor standers in this price range are :
    • Acoustic Energy Aelites
    • Wharfdale Pacific Evolution
    I like the look of the Pacific Evolutuon because they match my maple wood furniture, and they use kevlar drivers like the B&W 600s. Has anyone compared the Wharfdale Evolution 30 with a B&W 603 or a AELITE 3? Does one of these three stand out as the definitive speaker in this price range for mixed hifi/home cinema usage?
     
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    i have never heard the Aelites - but Acoustic Energy's older models used to be good: well built, decent sound etc

    i have heard a pair of Wharfedale Evolution floorstanders (with 2 bass/mid drivers, dont know what the model number was im afraid) in direct comparison to a whole host of other speakers in a marathon listening session with a friend. we both agreed they were pretty poor loudspeakers - the B&W DM603 are in a different league altogether. even a pair of DM601's put the Wharfedales to shame I remember... also, have you seen or handled the wharfedales in the flesh also? their finish is cheap and unattractive to my eyes, and the general build is poor.
     
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    If you like bass then the Quad 22L's should be on your audition list too :)
     
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    Take a look at these too:

    Revolver RW45 (£900)
    JM Labs Chorus 714S (£500)
    Tannoy Sensys DC2 (£600)

    Loads of others worth mentioning, but these immediately spring to mind as floorstanders that don't mind walls. They'd also sound great on the end of a dedicated hi-fi system (when you see the light and decide to go stereo instead ;) )

    DT
     
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    I had a demo of some Cabasse Ki speakers and similarly sized Canton slimline CD300 speakers and in a room with similar dimensions to my lounge.

    I found the Canton speakers a little dull in comparison with the Cabasse. The Cabasse sounded clearer and more confortable to listen to. A sub-woofer would be required with either of these, but perhaps these floorstanders have the advantage of placement closer to the wall without the bass booming unduly. :)
     

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