My partner and I recently bought a house in the city center of Antwerp, Belgium. I’m looking for a new setup in our living room, aimed at listening to music (all genres) and to be integrated later on in our (to be bought) surround system. Our TV will be standing on a cabinet between the stereo speakers and there’s only 3 meters (that’s about 10 feet) between the wall facing us and the wall behind us when we’re sitting in the couch. We’ve got quite high cielings (2,80 meters or about 9 feet). The stereo speakers have to be against the wall and the surrounds right behind our ears on stands behind the sofa.
I’m fully aware of the compromises I make here, but family life and budgets are what they are, and I’m just trying to make the best out of it. I’m willing to buy everything (stereo speakers, added surrounds and center, subwoofer, amplification, DAC, …) new or second hand if needed. In my former residence, I’ve been using B&W 685’s combined with an old Denon receiver. It did the job for many years, but the lack of a beter listening space made me hesitate to invest more.
I’m an amateur musician and a true music lover, but my spouse won’t let me spent more than €5000/$6000. Within that budget, everything lays on the tablet: room treatment, DAC, speakers, subwoofer, whatever’s needed to make it the best we can do for that budget. I prefer the anti-Bose sound; soft/not boomy, but clear highs and great imaging.
So… where should I start? Should I sell my B&W’s? Should I start with some room treatment? Should I take pictures first? Ask me anything, and thanks a lot in advance for all your kind help!
Greetings from Europe!