I thought the bug died, but he didn't, and he's biting hard, harder than ever.
Didn't mean for that to sound mildly sexual but I'm thinking about upgrading my speakers. I've spent over a year now with my little Totem Hawks and they truly are a phenomenal speaker. They do everything so damn well, but I'd just like a little more in certain areas.
What I love about them:
-They disappear. And I mean, close your eyes, and they're gone.
-Imaging, of course. If they're disappearing they're imaging really well IMO.
-Off axis listening. This is a pretty damn big deal to me. I need to be able to move out of the sweet spot and hear magic too. Maggies are OUT.
What I could use more of:
-Low end slam and definition. This is where the Hawks fall short IMO.
-Volume. The Hawks start to compress when I start pushing and I don't like that.
Now that's saying a whole lot about how good the Hawks are that I only have two things I'd like to improve upon. I thought about moving up the line but where's the fun in that? There are a pair of Forests on the gon but I'd like to move on.
I'd like to stay under $2K. Again, this is something I'm still thinking about. The Hawks might easily convince me to keep them.
I'm kind of interested in Usher, Martin Logan, & Salk right now. All of these guys make beautiful speakers and it's weird but aesthetics are starting to matter more to me as I'm moving into my thirties.
Here are some speakers I've already owned or own:
PSB Synchrony Ones (Damn fine speakers)
Magnepan MG10 (own em')
SDA-CRS+ (modded and own em')
SDA-2B (moved em down the road)
Dynaudio (forget the model)
AV123 Strata Mini's (blah)
Monitor Audio RS6
Paradigm Signature S2
Here are rumors I've heard about each of the speakers I'm interested in. Usher: heard they're forward up top and thats scary. Have heard the Salks are musical but the models in my price range are shy on bass. Have heard the ML's aren't involving and are sterile. Rumos are like buttholes though.
Interested to hear your thoughts and recommendations!