I’ll soon be in the process of moving from a largish house with a semi-dedicated music and home theater room to a still pretty good size condo. I built the house, so I was able to define the space and get an ASC designed set of room treatment. New place? No.
It’s in a historic building erected in 1896, and the main living space is pretty wide, and oh so very long. It’s broken up by a half-wall quite a distance from the pretty much dictated speaker location as well as the listening position. The ceilings are probably 15 feet. Moving my current equipment isn’t practical so I’m looking for what’s next.
To give you an idea of what I’m used to and love, DSJr to Bryston SP3 to Bryston amps to Revel Ultima (1) surround system (Studio, Voice, Embrace, Sub30). I’m using a PP P10, which I intend to keep.
Given the limited (probably to zero) opportunity for room treatment and limited (minimal) ability to place speakers well away from the wall behind them, I’m considering the Kii Three, with nothing more than a quality streamer (as of yet unconsidered) and the P10.
Q: What other small and near-wall compatible speakers should I be considering? I like the Kii from a largely self-contained perspective (eliminates most other components and cables), and that from the reviews I’ve read, sacrifice little to larger systems and have advanced DSP to handle placement issues. The user manual indicates as little as 4 inches from the wall behind. Ultimate SPL and bass extension are not significant criteria; my neighbors might balk.
I’d consider the upcoming PS Audio AN3 if they are accommodating of near-wall placement, and use my existing B&W Nautilus 805 until they hit the market. Other considerations are that I primarily listen to acoustic jazz, and home theater duty are not in the picture.
Any others? (And THANK YOU for your consideration.)