So i’m currently rolling a pair of Sopra no.1 on the Naim 500 series and i was thinking to upgrade.
What would be a solid lift in sound quality from the sopra 1?
I was thinking the Focal Diablo Utopia to be the closest since they got the bass port to the front.
The Paradigm persona B where on the list but i understood that these are hard to work with positioning wise.
And something like Scala Uotpia Evo its too large for the room, the base alone has 67 cm depth which is too much for the room furniture layout even if it stick it on the wall.
Can work with towers also as long they are close to the wall friendly.
Some extra info about my music room:
My room is probably on the smaller end measuring roughly : 5.2/ 3.4/ 2.4 Meters
I got some room treatment for walls ceiling and a carpet. (diffuser and absorbers from vicoustics behind the speakers and opposing wall, some bass traps to corners )
Also the speakers are quite close to the wall and to the sides of furniture and this is something i can’t change unless i move out.
Reason to upgrade: prolly more definition and detail in the mids and highs, i got plenty of base, more than the room and neighbors can handle .
Apart second hand Naim speakers, Kudos 606 or 607, or Wilson Benesh Precision 2.0, there are not too many more for such a room, IMO.
Apart of course many bookshelves speakers, but the 500 series would benefit from the best. Maybe Proac K1 bookshelves.
Will have a look into these, optimal would be a demo of some sorts, since the other options is going to venues and hear them or take the risk and order blindly and hoping they are an upgrade and not a down or side grade
The Wilson Yvette would be my preference if you are able to have some space behind them and funds permit (they are not cheap!). The Duette is really quite an exceptional speaker, certainly matching Naim 500 Series, if you need to place them up close to a wall.