So I have decided to pursue my desire for a higher quality audio listening experience =)
Here is a list of speakers that I am looking into:
B & W 685
Monitor Audio RX1
Emotiva ERM 6.2
PSB Imagnie B
PSB G-Design GB1
Focal Audio Chorus 706v
They will be used entirely for music listening; I listen to anything from folk, country, classical, jazz to alternative, rock, rap/hip-hop, pop.
Things to Consider: I think I want a front ported design so that I can place the speakers closer to a wall. I am leaning away from "monitors" and closer to a speaker with a nice sound signature. Size and weight are not an issue as long as the speaker is a "bookshelf" speaker, I would actually prefer them bigger.
I will be going to the nearest audio store in hopes that they will allow me to listen to/demo some speakers. I only know that they have the B & W and Energy speakers for sure, but I will be looking at anything else they have in the price range. These speakers are at my absolute maximum Budget (around $650-$700, I told myself I will not go higher, not even $701, lol maybe not that extreme).
I am completely new to the realm of any passive speaker or anything non-logitech, bose, etc. really (sad I know) and I want to go into the store to discuss speakers and what I want in my speakers with at least a little bit of prior knowledge. The thing is that I don't know anything about the required amplifiers. I am looking for something as cheap as possible that will get me by until I can afford something up to spec, so around $100 tops. Most of the speakers in the price range require 30W-100W rms, but for now I do not need SPL, I want clarity.
If anyone would like to add some insight/recommendation to the speakers I have listed, or perhaps a pair that is not listed and the same for an amplifier, it would be greatly appreciated. If there are any key things that I should know or prepare for before I go in to the store, that would also be a big help! (i.e. Should I bring in some songs? If so, what kind/sample rate/ bit rate etc.)
Thanks in advance!