LP12/Ittok/Asaka, NAC62/SNAPS/NAP140, Epos ES14.
Bought new as as complete system in about 1988, used a lot until 2005, when I moved in with my current wife. There was really nowhere suitable to set it up at the time, so it languished in the loft, but SWMBO has decreed that (with reservations) it can once more be set up as part of the reorganisation and redecoration of the living room.
The LP12 is being serviced, the Valhalla is being replaced with a Lingo (in part to allow her to play her large collection of 12" singles without the fuss and bother of the 45RPM adapter) and I am debating the wisdom of replacing the original bearing (which still has life in it) with a Karousel while I am at it. The arm is fine and the Asaka has a bit of wear but has a good couple of years use in it before I need to retip or replace it.
The electronics will be refreshed by Class A, as soon as I can find some suitable boxes to send them up in as the originals were lost many years ago in one of my many house moves. This search has proved somewhat challenging so far to say the least!
I had a brief listen, and even in its neglected state I found myself involved in the music in a way that has been lacking in my life with digital media (for all its convenience).
Listening room is about 3.5M x 5M, wood over concrete floor, solid walls, 2.4M high with normal plasterboard ceiling, listening across the shorter side.
The ES14s still seem to be in good nick, although the stands are in need of a bit of titivation. I had naively though that they would be the only part of the system that would not require any attention until the Memsahib remarked that she thinks that they are hideous.
Knowing the futility of countering this with any argument over their undoubted (to my ears at least) sonic virtues, I managed to maintain my sang froid and further questioning established that to preserve domestic harmony stand mounted speakers are not going to be acceptable.
Having been out of the loop for so very long, I have no idea what I should be looking for, and would be most grateful if the collected wisdom here could help me shortlist possible candidates.
Obviously I will let my ears make the final choice, but the parameters are as follows:
Floor standing. (She likes the look of the Linn Majik 140)
Need to be sited close to wall.
Sounding similar to the ES14s.
Suitable to be driven by my existing electronics to a reasonable volume.
Budget up to about £1500, either new or used in decent condition.
I have very broad musical tastes from chamber music to classic rock, SWMBO loves soul and disco.
Apologies for the lengthy post, and thanks in advance for any help.