SET Speaker Help. HELP! -- Thu, 11/18/2010 - 21:02

I could use a little help.  I have an Art Audio Carissa 845 and need speakers.   I have a small listening room (8W x 11D x 9.5H) but often play music while in other rooms (its a small house).  I listen to rock, folk, country, blues. Not much jazz or classical. I do on occasion like to listen loud so I want something that won't completely fall apart when I do. Bottom line is that my priorities are warm and musical over fast, lean, and detailed; good sound over soundstage, imaging, etc.

Breuninger -- Sun, 11/21/2010 - 13:44

Today's new breed of louspeakers are lean and detailed (when they should be) and, at the same time, warm and musical (when they should be).  This is not a cop out, but is a fact based upon driver advancement, design refinements and cabinet re-thinking.  TAS Issue 209 has the Coincident Pure Reference Extreme review.  These hair rasing, to reality, loudspeakers are SET friendly- 94db efficient, 8 ohm nominal load.  I wouldn't call them warm, I would call them realistic.  Isn't that what we really want? 
Now, if you have to stay in the warm and musical school, I would never buy new, I would go vintage Bozak and be done with it.   Get a pair of Symphonys, refinish them, recap them, crank up the Carissas', turn on a soft golden lamp and have a dram of 18 year old Macallan.

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