I’m thinking about getting some new speakers and would appreciate suggestions.
My stereo resides in the back parlor of my house (ca. 1900). The room is 11 x 12 with 9’ 3" ceiling. It opens onto the front parlor with a set of pocket doors, which normally stand open, and onto the dining room through a large archway, with a smaller door into the kitchen. All these openings mean that I don’t have much problem with reflections off the back or side walls or with standing waves.
The problem is that many speakers require a certain distance between them and the listener in order for the various drivers to integrate properly. What I need are speakers that can be placed close to the back wall with the listening chair 8-9’ away.
For a number of years I’ve been using Von Schweikert VR IV-jr’s. These are small floorstanders, generally sized well for the room, but they need more distance to the listening position than is ideal in my room. What usually happens is that the back half of the listening chair ends up in the dining room; not so bad when I’m alone, but looks a bit odd when I have company.
I value most of all accurate timbre of instruments and voices, along with good PRAT. Soundstaging is nice, but I don’t obsess over it, and the asymmetrical room makes it problematic anyway. I detest anything that is hot on the top end. I’ve been very happy with the SQ of the IV-jr’s but would like something that works better in the room. I’m open to either small floorstanders or speakers on stands, probably with a subwoofer. I listen mainly to acoustic music, classical with some folk and jazz, plus a little rock. Any suggestions?