Hello, new here, first post.
My wife and I need a new stereo system, as everything we have is old and outdated. She is a part-time opera singer, so it is important that the set-up be geared for her to listen to her practices and other works, as well as a range of music from classical to jazz and blues. Therefore, “musical” speakers and receiver.
We are not, however, looking for a “music only” set-up, as we would like the receiver to be AVR and to connect the speakers to the TV/DVD. We are on a fairly tight budget.
For now the system will be 2.1, 2 new speakers and a new AVR. We may expand into 5.1 in the future, and we may not. We will not be hooking up iPods, doing gaming, etc. Only listening to music and watching films.
Here is a plan of the living area. The space is quite long (37’) but is divided into 2 sections in terms of height. The shaded area that has red dots over (where the stereo/TV are) is about 12’ x 14’ with a flat ceiling about 8.5’ high, while the area not dotted rises from 8.5’ at the windows to about 16’ high at the curved dashed line. The floors are terrazzo except for 3 rugs; the walls are plaster over brick; the ceilings are drywall, so a lot of hard surfaces. Sound will be provided to the dining area via a Sonos ZP90 connected to the receiver, and a Sonos S5 player at the far wall on a credenza. The area of primary focus then is the sitting area.
Also, the apartment is in Venice, Italy and I am currently in the US, therefore any home audition is impossible.
I have looked into “musical” speakers and have come up with 4 alternatives, that are all interesting to me.
In price order (shipped, etc.) they are:
2 mint used (almost new) Snell Acoustics K5 (2004); $375.
1” tweeter; 6.5” woofer; FR (+/- 3dB): 48-20,000 Hz; Impedance: 8 ohms; Sensitvity: 86db.
2 mint (demo level) Jamo C803 (very recent) $425.
1” tweeter; 7.0” woofer; FR (+/- 3dB): 45-24,000 Hz; Impedance: [U]6 ohms[/U]; Sensitvity: 87db.
2 new Boston Acoustics VS260; $600.
1” tweeter; 6.5” woofer; FR (+/- 3dB): 45-30,000 Hz; Impedance: 8 ohms; Sensitvity: 87db.
2 new Aperion Verus Grand Bookshelf; $600.
1” tweeter; 5.5” woofer; FR (+/- 3dB): 59-20,000 Hz; Impedance: [U]6 ohms[/U]; Sensitvity: 87db.
Reviews on the Snell K5 and the BA VS260 are hard to come by, but the few I have found are very positive. Reviews on the Jamo C803 and the Aperion VGB are far more common and almost all extremely positive.
I have heard some Jamo C803 and I thought they sounded great; it is not possible to audition the others, as the Snells are used, Aperion are ID only, and nobody in my area carries the BA VS260.
Any comments/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Also, if any of these speakers might NOT require a subwoofer, I would be interested in knowing.
If a good musical sub is required, and recommended, it MUST be 120/240 V switchable, like the HSU VTF-1 or the Velodyne Impacts, since eventually it will be in Italy. I haven’t looked at other subs yet.
Regarding the receiver, again I have a short list:
Denon AVR-1712; refurbished; $308.
Denon AVR-891; new; $389.
Denon AVR-1912; refurbished; $414.
Marantz SR5005; B-stock; $449.
I like Marantz a lot and looked at the Marantz SR6005 as well, but $516 is a lot of money....If someone can recommend a lower-priced Marantz AVR with Audyssey and the power to run the speakers, please do so!
However, if the Denon 1712 would be fine we would quite OK with that and “saving” some money...we still need cables, etc.
Again, any comments/recommendations as to which, if any, of these receivers might pair up best with the speakers above would be greatly appreciated.