Answered Best speaker upgrade from an entry level setup

Heng

Novice Member
Current setup: wharfedale diamond 220 , smsl sa-50 , definitive prosub 800.

Hi guys, does anyone have suggestions for a significant upgrade to the wharfedales in the £500-700 range.
It is for music listening (mostly jazz and guitar based), moderate volume only out of courtesy to neighbours. I generally like a warm sound.

I'm currently in near field setup on desk but no problems if stands will be required. Active or passive both ok.

Thanks
 

DT79

Distinguished Member
Have a look on ebay for some second hand AVI DM5 or Acoustic Energy AE1 Active. Should be able to find some within that budget. I know the DM5s and they are fantastic. The AE1 Actives have a great reputation. I highly doubt you could better either of those with amp/passive speakers without spending significantly more.
 

Heng

Novice Member
Thanks for the response, i will check those ones out.

Do you think going from near field to mid field (with stands) will be a good improvement?
Im thinking it must open up the soundstage.
my room is 3 metres wide and 7 metres long.
currently my speakers only sit 1m apart on desk
 
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muljao

Well-known Member
I can't help but think it should be the amp that you upgrade
 

DT79

Distinguished Member
Thanks for the response, i will check those ones out.

Do you think going from near field to mid field (with stands) will be a good improvement?
Im thinking it must open up the soundstage.
my room is 3 metres wide and 7 metres long.
currently my speakers only sit 1m apart on desk

It depends where you’re going to listen from. If you’re typically in a seat some way back, then yes, try to get the speakers and your listening position on roughly an equilateral triangle.

By the way, you are going to need a preamp if you go with active speakers (unless you get some with a preamp built in, which neither of the ones I suggested have, and I think may be too expensive for your budget). But if you went with actives you could sell the amp to fund a preamp presumably. Unless you have a single source with avariable volume output, then you could hook it up straight to the actives.
 
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Heng

Novice Member
It depends where you’re going to listen from. If you’re typically in a seat some way back, then yes, try to get the speakers and your listening position on roughly an equilateral triangle.

Would a 2 metres side equilateral triangle sound similar in terms of soundstage to a 1 metre?
I do currently sit 1 metre away so it fulfils the correct position for this spacing
 

DT79

Distinguished Member
Would a 2 metres side equilateral triangle sound similar in terms of soundstage to a 1 metre?
I do currently sit 1 metre away so it fulfils the correct position for this spacing

I’m not sure. Technically from a soundstage perspective it should be OK regardless of the distances involved, but it’s a question of scale. The bigger it is, the more it will sound like the real thing. Plus I think a lot of speakers come alive with a bit of power going through them, which you won’t really get the opportunity to do if you’re sat so close.
 

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