Ok, so my room is acoustic hell. The speakers have to be on the short wall, with a couch between and hard against the wall on one side, there is sheet glass on three sides and it is connected to the rest of the house via an open plan stairwell. About 25m2.
Looking for speaker help! Currently running three-way small floorstanders (Image Troubadours for anyone familiar with Aussie and NZ brands) and they are boomy and the balance is skewed towards the speaker that is against the wall.
Despite all of this is still sounds ok but I have an opportunity to change my speakers so looking for advice on options that would be more or less placement agnostic. Up to about $2k US (or about 1500 quid in old money). ($4000 NZD max).
Currently thinking maybe Rega Rx3 or Spendor A2/4, or maybe some Fynes… what does the hive mind think?
As others have indicated, with the room the problem any speakers will be a compromise and problems will still exist. Better to first of all rethink tge room - is there REALLY no alternative layout? (How important is it for music to sound good?). No alternative room? Room treatment may help. But if constraints are too many then perhaps consider headphones for whenever you want good quality, and put up with what you have for unimportant background listening.
Firstly, turn the heating down, it’ll give you a chance to think!
What are the dimensions of the room, a diagram would help considerably.
Next advice is to get a calibrated instrumentation mic (such as a DSP UMIK) and a copy of REW and analyse the acoustics of the room to see what’s really going on (I and other here can help with the interpretation).
dealer is happy to let me take whatever speakers they have home to trial so no issues there. Options via them are Rega, totem Fyne and Focal, there is also another dealer locally that I can borrow Spendors and MA from so plenty of choices.