Hi, I'm trying to find some good speakers that are a match with both the rest of my system, listening space (small room, can't place the speakers more than 1.5-2 feet away from a wall), and music taste.
This is my first setup, btw.
Turntable: Denon DP 300F (with phono output) - already bought
Cartridge: Denon DL-110 or Audio Technica 440MLA - gonna buy either of these today
Integrated Amp: NAD C315BEE (no phono, but my Denon has it) - already bought
Speakers: I was going to get a Wharfdale Diamond 10.1 but I didn't know if it would be a good match for my system. Also, I've got around twenty recommendations for speakers that I've narrowed down to ten. I don't know which of these recs to work with. So, I haven't decided yet, let alone bought one.
My music taste: I don't have a very diverse music taste at all. I probably will NOT ever run jazz, classical, country, or classic rock through my speakers.
I'd say around 70% of the bands I listen to fall under the pop rock/pop punk/punk rock spectrum.. Fast-paced (not always but usually), simple riffs, higher mid range vocals, bass. sometimes violin in the case of Yellowcard. Some of these bands are super raw sounding, some of them have really polished production, but they're still pop punk.
The remaining 30% consist of bands like Bright Eyes (acoustic folk rock), Brand New (weird mellow rock, I'd call them alternative rock), various indie rock/alternative rock bands, and maybe three or four hardcore bands.
I don't want the overall sound to be identical to what I hear on CD's, instead I really want it to have its own --- color, so to speak.
I don't have much space in my room, and I definitely won't be able to place the speakers more than 2 feet away from a wall (and even that's really pushing it). I probably won't play music at excessively loud volumes, since the apartment isn't completely soundproof and I live on the third floor.
Recommendations I've gotten that are in my price range:
Boston Acoustics A26
Energy CB-20 or CB-10
Polk Monitor 50
Infinity Primus P252
Cambridge Soundworks Model 6
KLH 6 or 17
Advent Large Loudspeaker with walnut cabinets
Wharfdale Pacific EVo 30
Wharfdale Diamond 10.1
Wharfdale Diamond 9.6
I'd appreciate any help even narrowing down this list to three or four, because I simply can't work with all of these.
Budget-wise, I really want to keep it under $350, no more than $400 if it's absolutely necessary. This includes subs. I'm most concerned about the size of the speakers (since my room isn't huge), placement issues, overall sound/compatibility with the rest of my system and my music taste, etc.