I’ve been the happy owner of 2 sets of Atom for the last 2 years. App’s and software’s glitches aside, im pretty happy with both.
Life being what it is, I’m resigning from my job for other professional adventures elsewhere, hence I’ll be leaving my current job with decent termination allowances and my future position will also allow me earning more salary-wise.
So in October, I plan to keep both of my Atoms that would play in other rooms but I’m seriously planning to buy a Uniti Nova, that’d be the gift I’ll do to myself (no child, no longer a pet, no other half to live with at home and life’s too short to get bored). So Christmas will be early this year.
Hence the question: I’m just wondering what will be the perfect partenering kit for my future Nova among the following contenders:
Kef LS50 (know these, owned them, long gone now. As far as I can remember the synergy was absolutely perfect with my previous system which consisted of a NAP 100, DAC-V1 and a Qute2, but back then the Atom released and upgrade bug bite me again and I sold the whole kit at a fair good price and bought my double Atom system (The NAP 100 stayed with me though). I remember the midrange and imaging of the LS50 got me hooked. Loved them but sometimes they could feel a little bass shy. However, they also fitted the bill regarding the cuteness factor when set up in my 20 square meters lounge.
Dynaudio Special 40: I’ve never heard any Dynaudio of my entire life, except when passing by during audio shows and I won’t easily find the time to run a proper listening (and in Paris, most dealers have the wrong habit to run listening sessions really fast, at a point where you don’t really have the time to assess and make up an informed decision, nor do they lend speakers for home listening, very rarely at least).
I’m just wondering how they’ll sound and compare versus the other 2 speakers of my short list.
B&W 805 D3: budget is not unlimited and this would probably be at the very edge of the stretching abilities of my wallet. However, being the current happy owners of 2 pairs of B&W PM1s, I came to love the B&W sound; and the bottom end I was lacking with the LS50 was definitely back again, even though not reaching pants-flapping deep octaves. However, they could not achieve the imaging abilities and the vivid midrange of the LS50. So it was a compromise I had to make. I still love my PM1s but I’d gladly pair the Nova with something new.
Aesthetically (and that’s a key point to me, audio kit has to look good if not gorgeous), I find the latest incarnation of the 805. Had the opportunity to have a short listening session of these and I was literally blown away. They had everything the PM1s have but took it all to a whole other level.
I did not have the opportunity to listen for long and it was not through a Nova but on an eye-watering McIntosh amp (yeah those that breaks your back if trying to move them alone, can’t recall the reference of it)
So to make it short, I’m just wondering if any of the above list would be more recommended than the others for building my adult toy around the future Nova and make the most of it.
I don’t consider buying floorstanders no matter the size, any of them just won’t fit the bill on my cuteness factor (with the exception of the Leema Xone but those were not really a match made in heaven with the Atom) nor do I want something obtrusive in my lounge.
I know many of you here on the forum love PMC or Neat stuff but not at all a fan of the slanted design.
Were to listen to a pair of 25.21 with an Atom and I was really underwhelmed by the pairing. I’m sure these are great speakers with the right kit, just not my taste.
Most of the time, I’m listening to fairly loud levels, not that i’m deaf but I just . I have no doubt the Nova will be up to the task but I’m wondering whether one or the other speakers from the list would be particularly more recommended.
Thanks for your thoughts