So I was just watching one of Paul’s latest “Ask Paul” videos where someone asked Paul about either upgrading his Stellar Gain Cell DAC or getting dual REL subs. Paul’s answer was essentially to upgrade the speakers.
Ever since we planned to move into a house, I have been thinking about changing my speakers out as well. As some of you may know, i have a pair of fairly new Sonus faber Venere 1.5 bookshelf speakers. What you guys don’t know is that I have several different pairs of loudspeakers stored in my old bedroom at my parents house.
The pair I’m thinking of using once we move into the house are some mint NHT 2.9’s that I’ve owned now for over 10 years and have used off and on over the years.
Even though the Sonus’ sound good, they just seem to be lacking that last little bit of information, that last little bit of emotion. They’re also not very “snappy” or lively (dynamic). One thing I fear though is possible damage to them as I play them fullrange, and even at the lower volumes I play in our apartment, I have heard them approaching their limits. Not horrible, but you can hear it coming. I know for a fact I’ll be urged to push them harder in the house, which won’t be good for them.
The NHT 2.9’s on the other hand (aside from being fullrange) seem to be a bit more neutral in the midrange, definitely more dynamic and snappy, and just seem to convey emotion better if memory serves me correctly. And… They have no issues getting loud and staying clean.
I think my particular pair were built around 2002 (the 2.9’s debuted in 1999). I plan on running them fullrange naturally as well as running my dual JL Audio e110 subs, all fed from the M700’s.
Just and FYI, I also have a pair of mint Martin Logan SL3’s of the same vintage as the NHT’s that I completely bypassed the passive crossovers in to fully bi-amp with an active crossover. I thought about reinstating the passive networks and using them again, but they have a particular mellow (house sound) to them and also lack dynamics.
I also have a pair of less prestigious Monitor Audio Bronze BX6 towers, which sound remarkably good for what they are.
With all of that said, I continually gravitate back to the good old trusted NHT 2.9’s.
So what do you guys think (including you Paul)? I would really love to get some input from everyone.
Many thanks in advance!