Muso is great. I have two Qbs. But they aren’t hifi. It’s a massive step down. A full width Muso is the same footprint as an Atom and two small speakers anyway. If you can wallmount speakers, you can do hifi with the same footprint as a Qb. So I’d suggest sticking with an Atom and auditioning something small.
I used Atom and Tab 10’s together in a small space and they are a dream pairing. You can put Tabs very close to rear wall. If space is very limited you can stick some Atacama isolating feet on them and put them on shelves - they still sound great
@superelmar I bought a pair of KEF LSX last week, but sadly ended up returning them after a few days. I was using them on a desk, either side of a large monitor, streaming Spotify Connect. The sound was a good step up from my 20yr old Denon micro, but it didn’t blow my socks off. More detailed presentation with better separation of instruments, though it also felt less organic than my existing set-up and a little mechanical/digital. With more listening time I suspect I would have grown to appreciate the sound signature - it was a just very different to what I’ve been used to with the Denon.
Anyway, I was happy with the sound. The reason for returning them was that they had a constant high pitched whine from the master speaker which I could clearly hear when they were in standby or playing at low volume. Not only was this annoying, but it really aggravated my ears and ending up making them really quite sore. Never experienced anything like that before. I’m 46 yrs old, so don’t think there’s anything unusual about my hearing. My wife could also hear the high pitched noise, but only when she put her head right next to the speaker, so it didn’t really both her. After 4 days of trying to get over the high pitched squeal I gave up and returned them. Really disappointed with this as I liked the sound and had been planning on buying these for some time.
A quick Google seemed I’m not alone in having this problem with the KEFs. Not sure if they were faulty. Even if they were, I suspect their design will always make them susceptible to this kind of noise and I seem to be more susceptible to this than most. I’m going to stick with my 20yr Denon for the time being. Eying up an Atom and some new speakers for my study once it’s renovated in 12 months time. I expect the Atom and some Proac Tablette 10 Sig’s (or similar) to be considerably better than the KEFs, so looking forward to auditioning them once we’re out of lockdown.
By the way, if you’re looking for some KEF LSXs, they are currently available from Peter Tyson for GBP600 (manufacturer refurbished and available in most colours). Great deal…
Aii. Just too late then to throw in the PMC T5.21i? Works wonders in my 12 square meters study. I’m a sucker for PRaT and punch, and these little guys deliver just that. I’m taking the clear vocals as a bonus (transmission line leaves it largely uncolored). And the beautiful layering of instruments. And how it can stop on a dime. All that compared to the previous Emit 10 boxes… which one may say is to be expected. Despite some internet reviews stating otherwise, I find them to be fine close to (side) walls. During my pre-planned covid proof audition I rearranged the listening room to test just that.
If you have yet to audition any speaker, since you list Bossa/Jazz, one testing track tip: Daniela Mercury’s rendition of Aquarela do Brasil. I’m into hr 32 of run in time, and this track blew my mind with the new speakers. Beautifully recorded, and it pays off.