I’m currently using my trusty Merlin VSM-MM towers with my DSD DAC, BHK-Pre, and Pass X350.5.
There’s nothing wrong with the Merlins but I’ve had them for 15 years and I just feel like a change.
I’m tempted to go with bookshelves with a pair of REL subs instead of towers this time around as I plan to move house in 2-3 years and think they’ll be easier to move but I’m not 100% committed to bookshelves if there are better options.
The room is 17x14x10, a little above average treatment wise, listening position approx 10ft from speakers and speakers ~3ft from the front wall.
The setup does double duty with HT (I have Sonus Faber center and rears but not too worried about speaker matching)
I mainly listen to rock, alternative, some electronic, and a little jazz and classical.
The budget would be about $12K including subs and I don’t mind buying used. I’m using Audience Au24 speaker cables and will most likely keep them as I do like them.
As a reference, the Merlins were approx $6K back in 2005.
Any recommendations from those with similar music tastes and equipment?