Guys, I want your advice here. Having recently moved from an apartment to a house, I now finally have the freedom to get some nice speakers and to crank them up properly without disturbing the neighbors. For now, I can't afford speakers over $600 though and I am currently considering one of the bookshelf monitors with ribbon tweeters and I am pretty much set on the Adam F5, as it got some very positive reviews. The problem is that, being a student, I can't afford the speakers, unless I sell the HE-500s.
So my question is: How will the F5 or another speaker of a similar class, like Airmotiv, or maybe a BX5/8 compare to HE-500 in sound quality? I understand that I will be loosing quite a bit of sub bass extension, unless I also add a sub, but that's OK - I may add a sub later and I also have RE-400 and PFE that do sub bass plenty well. How about the rest of the spectrum though? Also, how much should I worry about room interactions with the small bookshelf speakers? Will I need to treat my room somehow? I'll be using my Xonar Essence STX as a source for the speakers. I am sure that at least some you guys who own HE-500 also own or have owned one of the aformentioned speakers or other speakers of similar class. Or even if you don't have experience with such speakers, I would still appreciate your thoughts on the matter and on what you may decide to do in the situation.
I intend to keep HD650 and ER4S as my reference headphones for now, which I think are both fantastic and close enough to HE-500 to my ears. I may buy HE-500 again later on if I'll really miss it, or I may step up to a higher end can once I finish college and get a decent paying job.
EDIT: I think this thread should be in the "Computer Audio" section. Oh well... Too many darn sub-forums! lol
Edited by Pianist - 1/4/14 at 7:00am