I finally settle for the Merlin for practical and economical reasons. While they're technically better than my IE800 (bass texture, instrument separation, soundstage...) I have this feeling that something is missing... something that separates a great hi-fi system from an exceptional one... emotion maybe?
In this sense I have no doubt the 8C and K10 will do better. But how much better? I know the law of diminishing returns but if I shell $1,600 in monitors it's likely my end-game pair, so the sound need to be gorgeous, I want to be IN LOVE!
Hopefully the Wizard will lend some demo units...
Edited by DeepGroove - 10/9/13 at 4:13am