Originally Posted by Diaggen
I built this system over the past few months and must say I really enjoy it. The speakers are Definitive SM-55's, amplification via a NAD 326BEE, source is Schitt Bifrost DAC via optical from PC. A little over 2k excluding PC. The soundstage from the SM-55's is fantastic.
Very nice setup, but you should maybe lift the speakers up from the table, use some kind of vibration pads under them, or place them on stands. Also as you have a 2k setup, you really should consider doing some acoustic treatment to your room imo! You're getting 60% of the performance of your rig if you place them like that.
I was considering getting the B&W MM-1 pc speakers, but are those really the best I can find? Cost isn't really too big of an object as long as I'm not spending over say 3k total.
I have read a few reviews about those B&W's and I think any of these sets should outperform them easily.
-Focal CMS40+Focal CMS Sub. (many people swear by them.)
-Adam A3X+Adam SUB7. (quite popular here on head-fi, and well reviewed.)
-Genelec 6010+5040. (own these w/o sub, very good for the size.)
Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus ($600) to Focal Solo6 Twin ($2,400)
In the same price range you could get also some Genelec's with GLM.
The GLM will make a huge difference in a bad sounding room. I also believe the G's got a dac built in. not sure.
Here is SOS's review of the GLM: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct08/articles/genelec8030dsp.htm
Edited by Headzone - 4/28/12 at 8:13am