Apologies for not responding in a timely manner. I’m dealing with an extremely ornery, verbally abusive, ageing & ill Father and to say it has been challenging would be a vast understatement. He’s running me ragged. I appreciate all your comments.
: My bud still has not made a speaker decision and now that I think about it, I seriously doubt he will end up with the Ascend Acoustics Sierra 2 speakers. I know he really doesn’t want to spend that kind of money. If anything, he might end up with a pair of Snell KIIs. The Sierra 2s are a highly detailed speaker, which in my estimation, is a speaker more suited for someone who is an audiophile and listens to music critically, and although my friend has expressed some interest in obtaining higher quality audio gear than he's had in the past, I know he's just a casual listener. I don’t believe such an expensive speaker is warranted in his case. He has a mediocre Yamaha mid-fil receiver and if it works, he’s not likely to get another.
Additionally, there are a few other speakers I may recommend to him, which I’m looking into now. These include the Mission 70 MK II, Paradigm Reference Signature S2 & Mini Monitor V3, JBL L20T, Tannoy Mercury M2, B&W DM602 S3, Quad 11L, and a few others.
& thanks for the VTI & VIVO speaker stand recommendations, I will definitely look into those.
As far as echo is concerned at my Bud’s place, it was definitely noticeable when we were talking, but I will try the clap test next time I pay him a visit. I do know that he will be placing an area rug or 2 in his living/listening room. I will also look into GIK Acoustics in Atlanta, but like you said he is unlikely to spring for those… unless they have velvet Elvis panels on closeout.
: Thank you for the JBL speaker links. I will check them out.
Also, I wanted to mention that I’m putting together a new system of my own which will consist of an Audio Research SP14, McCormack DNA-1 Deluxe, and a new set of smaller speakers, which I will look for on the use market. The McCormack is on its way and I’m currently looking for a good SP14 and speakers. The plan is to use these speakers in a smallish space while I take care of my Father. I will eventually relegate these ‘new’ smaller speakers to a bedroom system and get larger towers for the new system. I do have a set of Klipsch Heresy IIIs, and a much older set of Klipsch Cornwalls. Perhaps I should start a new thread, but since I have already started this Bookshelf recommendations thread, I thought I’d ask for the forum’s opinions here. So far, I have it narrowed down to the following:
Ascend Acoustics Sierra 2
Budget is $1.2K, or thereabouts, but I certainly wouldn’t be adverse to saving some money since I’m spending ~ $3K on the SP14 and the McCormack DNA-1 Deluxe.