I'm new to this forum, this is my first post. I'm looking for opinions and insight into the following question:
For two channel stereo, which is "better": full range floorstanding speakers or a combination of stand mounted monitors plus a subwoofer.
Let's say we are in the ~$5K price range. Floorstanders generally have low frequency extension down to ~35 Hz (e.g. PSB Synchrony One, Paradigm Signature S8, etc.). Optimal placement might be difficult in some rooms (especially smaller ones).
A pair of $1-2K monitors plus a really good $2K subwoofer (e.g. JL Audio Fathom) gives more placement flexibility, potentially more optimized placement (montors for imaging, subwoofer for smooth room response), plus the huge advantage of subwoofer equalization (yes, I know you could get this with bi-amping and an external crossover + equalizer, but then the cost goes up), and of course extension down to 20Hz. Even if you decided you really need two subwoofers, you get a nice pair of under $1K monitors (e.g. B&W 685, NHT Classic 3) and two subwoofers and still come in at around $5K. Assuming you sucessfully blend the monitors and the subwoofers (which many people seem to be able to do quite well based on subwoofer reviews I've read), this seems like a"better" solution.